Black Christmas (1974 movie)

1974 film directed by Bob Clark

Black Christmas (also released as Silent Night, Evil Night, and Stranger in the House) is a 1974 Canadian independent horror movie. It was directed and produced by Bob Clark. Black Christmas was released on October 11, 1974 in Canada, December 20, 1974 in the United States, and on October 12, 1975 in the United Kingdom. The movie is inspired by the urban legend "The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs" and is also based on murders that took place in Quebec around Christmas. The movie is considered to be one of the first slasher movies.[1] There was a remake that was made and released on Christmas of 2006.

Black Christmas
Directed byBob Clark
Written byA. Roy Moore
Produced byBob Clark
StarringOlivia Hussey
Keir Dullea
Margot Kidder
John Saxon
Marian Waldman
Andrea Martin
James Edmond
CinematographyReginald H. Morris
Edited byStan Cole
Music byCarl Zittrer
Film Funding Limited of Canada
Distributed byAmbassador Film Distributors (Canada)
Warner Bros. (U. S.)
Release dates
October 11, 1974 (Canada)
December 20, 1974 (U.S.)
October 12, 1975 (UK)
Running time
98 minutes
Box office$4,053,000

The movie gained positive reviews from critics and holds a 63% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

A remake of the same name was released in 2006.



  1. Bartłomiej Paszylk (March 8, 2009). The Pleasure and Pain of Cult Horror Films: An Historical Survey. McFarland. pp. 135–136. ISBN 9780786436958.
  2. "Black Christmas". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-12-13.

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