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Aurora Gorealis: Black Christmas

Sat, Oct 30 / 1pm
Directed by Bob Clark
1974, Canada, 98 min

One part frosty Christmas atmosphere, one part stalk ‘n’ slash magnificence, and all parts awesome, Black Christmas is a timeless, terrifying, and demented holiday tradition. When sorority sisters Olivia Hussey (Romeo & Juliet), Margot Kidder (Superman) and Andrea Martin (SCTV) are under attack from a vicious potty-mouthed killer, it’s up to police chief John Saxon to even the odds. But what about Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey), the brooding art-school pianist? Could he have something to do with the Christmas rampage? Years before he crafted the ultimate comedic yuletime experience A Christmas Story, genre pioneer Bob Clark gave us one of the most influential Hitchcockian slashers of all time. Black Christmas gets everything right.

Film courtesy of Shout! Factory and the American Genre Film Archive.

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Aurora Gorealis returns for one-night only this Halloween! Join us on Saturday, October 30 for a Canadian horror marathon featuring creepy phone calls, botched science experiments, zombie plagues and evil kids. This series pairs classic Canuxploitation offerings with Canadian shorts in a hair-raising sampling of northern frights.

Reviews

There's no doubting that Black Christmas had all the advantages of being first of its kind. The film stands as the mother of the modern slasher. It was able to make its own rules, and subsequently created a template for the films that came after.
- Jourdain Searles, Thrillist
Black Christmas just may be the perfect antidote to the saccharine sweetness of most Christmastime fare.
- Budd Wilkins, Slant
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