‘Black Christmas’: Everything You Need to Know About the Upcoming Remake

It seems to be quite the year for remakes. With Disney’s continuous flow of live-action remakes of its animated feature films and reimaginings of classic horror flicks, like Child’s Play, Hollywood definitely seems to be feeling nostalgic. What better way to end the year than with a remake of the movie that actually inspired a plethora of slasher movies, Black Christmas.

Bob Clark’s tale of holiday horror, Black Christmas actually played a role in inspiring John Carpenter’s Halloween, which is considered by many to be one of the most iconic horror films to date. It created some of the most recognizable slasher tropes and now, it’s getting a remake.

Olivia Hussey
Olivia Hussey in ‘Black Christmas’ 1974 | Warner Bros.

Here’s what we know so far:

What’s the story with the original ‘Black Christmas’?

Inspired by an urban legend and a horrific series of murders that occurred during the holidays in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Canadian screenwriter A. Roy Moore wrote the first script under the title Stop Me. After a few rewrites, the story moved to a college setting involving a group of sorority sisters.

The film follows the young women as they begin to receive a series of threatening phone calls from a deranged, unknown source who then proceeds to stalk and brutally murder them.

It is widely recognized by film historians as being one of the first of its kind as one of the original slasher films and praised by both critics and audiences for its famous eerily suspenseful ending. The film starred Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Marian Waldman, and John Saxon. The film received mixed reviews initially but has since developed a cult following among horror fans.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michelle Trachtenberg, Glen Morgan, Kristen Cloke and Katie Cassidy
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michelle Trachtenberg, Glen Morgan, Kristen Cloke, and Katie Cassidy | Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage

The upcoming remake won’t be the first

This isn’t the first time Hollywood recreated Black Christmas. Filmmaker Glen Morgan directed a remake in 2006, starring Katie Cassidy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert, and Michelle Trachtenberg.

Unfortunately, the film wasn’t very successful. Fans and critics criticized the remake for revealing too much about the killer’s backstory or his motivation when the original gained so much praise for the mystery behind his identity. The remake flopped financially, too. The film was produced with a budget of $9 million and earned only $21 million internationally.

The upcoming remake was created by Blumhouse Productions, a massively successful studio that, for the most part, has released critically acclaimed remakes of horror classics, including the recent Halloween reboot. These factors make the 2019 Black Christmas seem like a promising reimagining of the creepy holiday cult classic.

Sophia Takal
Sophia Takal | Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage

The new remake was created by Blumhouse’s first female director, Sophia Takal

In a historic moment for Blumhouse Productions, Black Christmas is both written and directed by Takal, who isn’t a stranger to the horror industry. Previously, Takal directed the 2016 mystery thriller Always Shine, which revolves around rising tension between two best friends who are hoping to reestablish their connection after jealousy tore them apart. She also directed New Year, New Me, a chapter of Hulu’s Into The Dark horror franchise. The segment follows a tense reunion between a group of friends that results in a violent confrontation.

What did the ‘Black Christmas’ trailer reveal?

The trailer for Black Christmas was released last month, revealing that the remake will be staying mostly true to the original, with a few unique twists and turns. Like the original, the film revolves around a group of young sorority women who are hunted and murdered by a mysterious stalker. As it turns out, the killer is not alone, appearing to be a part of a grander, more twisted conspiracy.

The film stars Imogen Poots, from Green Room and 28 Weeks Later, as the film’s lead, Riley Stone. Starring alongside her is Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Brittany O’Grady, Caleb Eberhardt, Simon Mead, and Cary Elwes.

So, when can fans watch the remake? The slasher flick will open on the especially creepy date of Friday the 13th as a perfect way to end the season of horror and welcome the holiday season.

The upcoming remake Black Christmas will creep its way into theaters on Dec. 13, 2019.