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Black Christmas Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

… the deaths are fun … Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    22

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Twice as many accidental laughs as scares.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    There are a couple clever touches here and there, including one sequence in which the end of a candy cane has been carefully licked into a highly lethal weapon, but for the most part the accompanying histrionics feel more regressive than retro.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Dreary slasher remake is worse than fruitcake.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this holiday-themed horror remake isn't for kids. Although most of the grisly violence is implied rather than explicit, there's no shortage of spattering blood and jump scenes. Sorority house sisters are murdered one by one with weapons including knives, Christmas lights, a pointy Christmas ornament, and a glass unicorn figurine. The film also includes scenes of implied incest, online porn, vomiting, decapitation, bloody slicks on the floor, the consumption of human flesh cooked into Christmas cookie shapes, and human eyeballs being ripped out and eaten. Characters also smoke cigarettes, drink wine, and use lots of foul language (at least 30 "f--ks").

  • Families can talk about why the movie, like many modern horror flicks, gives its psycho killer a terrible childhood (the original version doesn't touch on that). How is Billy's mother blamed for her son's subsequent bad behavior? Is what he does less wrong because of how he grew up? Why is it so important to have a specific cause to blame for his behavior?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The serial killer is bad; his alcoholic mother abuses him (sexually and physically) and murders his VIetnam veteran father; Billy's sister is also his daughter; sorority girls make dumb choices, and one by one are killed by demented/evil Billy.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Repeated stabbings, smothering with plastic bags, splattering blood everywhere; Billy repeatedly pulls out and eats his victims' eyeballs; Billy makes "cookies" of his mother's flesh (with Christmas cutters), then bakes and eats them, with blood everywhere; weapons include knives, a garden hook, ice picks, a sharpened candy cane, a glass unicorn firgure, a barbecue fork, a fireplace poker, a defilibrator, Christmas lights (strangling), and a Christmas tree (impaling); decapitated head rolls out of an opened car door; Christmas tree decorated with eyeballs and decapitated heads.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Girl who kisses boyfriend is doomed; sorority house mother holds up lingerie she's received as a gift; porn footage on computer screen shows sexual movement (male over female's back), but no explicit body parts; sexual parts named ("ball sac"); reference to sitting on "Santa's lap" serial killer's sexual motivation is discussed; girl in shower seen from back and side (outline of breast, bottom visible) -- as killer's eye watches her. Billy's mother has sex with his stepfather, who falls asleep drunk; she then approaches Billy and drops her robe (viewers see her back and assume she has sex with her son, as his daughter is born nine months later).

  • language false5

    Language: Frequent use of "f--k" (30+); repeated use of "s--t" (15-ish); also several uses of "damn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Billy's mother smokes cigarettes frequently; she's drinking and drunk in almost every scene she's in.

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