Black Christmas is a slasher film directed by Sophia Takal and written by Takal and April Wolfe that was released in 2019. It is the unofficial second remake of the 1974 Canadian film Black Christmas, following the 2006 film, and follows a group of sorority sisters at Hawthorne College as they are stalked by an unknown stalker. It is part of the Black Christmas franchise. Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Brittany O'Grady, Caleb Eberhardt, and Cary Elwes co-star in the film.
What the Black Christmas is All About?
The project started in June 2019, when Jason Blum stated that he will produce it through his Blumhouse Productions studio. Sophia Takal was confirmed as director and co-writer on the same day, and principal photography began soon after in New Zealand, lasting 27 days.
In June 2019, it was revealed that Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions, along with Adam Hendricks of Divide/Conquer and Ben Cosgrove, will create a remake of the 1974 classic Black Christmas. In addition, the project's executive producers were Greg Gilreath and Zac Locke, both of Divide/Conquer.
In June, Sophia Takal was confirmed as the film's director, having previously worked with Blum on his Hulu series Into the Dark, while Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O'Grady, Lily Donoghue, and Caleb Eberhardt were cast as the film's stars. Cary Elwes was also added to the cast that month.
“I wanted to produce a movie where the audience felt seen rather than objectified or observed from a distance,” director Takal said in an interview, “I wanted to make a movie where the audience felt seen rather than objectified or viewed from a distance.” Because Bob Clark died in 2007, it is the first Black Christmas picture in which he was not involved in the production process. Bob Clark produced and directed the 1974 film Black Christmas, as well as serving as an executive producer for the 2006 adaptation.
When Was It Released?
Universal Pictures released Black Christmas in theatres in the United States and Canada on December 13, 2019, to coincide with Friday the 13th.  On March 3, 2020, the film was released digitally, and on March 17, 2020, it was released on DVD and Blu-ray.
How Much it Earned?
The film was released in the United States with Jumanji: The Next Level and Richard Jewell, and was expected to gross $10–12 million in its first weekend from 2,100 cinemas. However, following a first-day gross of $1.4 million (including $230,000 from Thursday night screenings), the film's budget was cut to $4.5 million. It only made $4.2 million in its first weekend, putting it in fifth place at the box office. In its second weekend, the picture dropped 57 percent to $1.8 million, placing it ninth.
The cast of The Black Christmas
Imogen Poots Played the Role of Riley Stone
She is a model and actress from England. In the post-apocalyptic horror thriller, she portrayed Tammy. Poots is the daughter of Trevor Poots, a current affairs television producer from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Fiona Goodall, a journalist and volunteer worker from Bolton, England. She was born at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in Hammersmith, London. Alex, her older brother, is also a model.
Poots made her cinematic debut in an episode of Casualty and had a non-speaking role in V for Vendetta, but she was relatively unknown when Juan Carlos Fresnadillo cast her in the horror film 28 Weeks Later when she was 17 years old. Since then, she's starred in films including Cracks, Centurion, and the 2011 adaptation of Fright Night with Anton Yelchin as the female protagonist. Poots has never had formal acting training, but according to Giles Hattersley, she honed her talents through a practical apprenticeship, which may have paid off because she is “compellingly natural” in front of the camera.
Brittany O'Grady Played the Role of Jesse Bolton-Sinclair
is an actress and singer from the United States who has appeared in films such as Little Voice, Star, Black Christmas, and The White Lotus. O'Grady earned her first big part on television in 2016 with the musical series Star, playing Simone Davis, after starring in many television shows.
She also earned her first film roles in 2019 with Georgia Beale in Above Suspicion and Jesse Bolton-Sinclair in Black Christmas. She played Paula in the HBO series The White Lotus in 2021. O'Grady played Kygo's love interest in the music video for “Love Me Now.”
Cary Elwes Played the Role of Professor Gelson
He is the youngest of three sons of portrait painter Dominic Elwes and interior designer and socialite Tessa Kennedy, and was born on October 26, 1962, in Westminster, London. He is the brother of Damian Elwes, Cassian Elwes, and Milica Kastner, all of whom are film producers. Elliott Kastner, his stepfather, was an American film producer who was the first to set up independent film production in the UK.
- Aleyse Shannon Played the Role of Kris Waterson
- Lily Donoghue Played the Role of Marty Coolidge
- Caleb Eberhardt Played the Role of Landon
- Madeleine Adams Played the Role of Helena Rittenhouse
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