Black Christmas (2019): A Disservice to Horror and Women

If you’ve seen the original Black Christmas (1974), you may recall it’s ample amount of chills and thrills. The thought of a killer living in the attic is enough to make anyone freak right the hell out. This new take on Black Christmas, however, is a cheap reboot with a weak plot line and is deplorable when trying (and failing) to reference sexual harassment at universities.

Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. One by one, sorority girls on campus are being killed by a stalker. But the killer is about to discover that this generation’s women aren’t willing to become hapless victims as they fight back.

(WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD) While although this film is jam packed with feminism, it drastically misses the mark. In the film, the main character Riley struggles to get back to herself after being raped by a fraternity member. What is shocking is the large amount of victim blaming both from the frat guys and her fellow sorority sisters. In addition, the viewer won’t feel very connected with the characters. They are so stereotypical that they are unrealistic and therefore empathy is extremely hard to rile out of the audience.

The most detestable thing about this film is the fact that they include black magic as the main cause for the killer frat guys. While the main villains are chauvinistic pigs, the plot relies heavily on black magic as the source of their power and evil. So rather than keeping the focus on stopping these frat rapists, they make the end of the film about stopping the black magic. If they wanted to really scare the audience, omit the magic and double dose the reality, because what is scarier than sexism, murder, and rape?

One could go on and on as to why this film was more horrible than horror: the lack of blood, the ludicrous choices of weaponry, or the B level acting. But the most ironic thing of all? Horror is already feminist. Women are empowered rather regularly by surviving the men around them and outwitting and ultimately escaping or destroying the killer.

In all I would recommend you wait for this movie to become free on a streaming source, watch it, and note what a truly nonsensical and cheesy the film looks. A truly failed attempt at the #metoo movement.

Let us know what you thought of the new Black Christmas

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