Black Christmas (2019)

Black Christmas (Takal 2019)

Black Christmas is Marshall’s favorite horror film of 2019! It is directly comparable to Get Out in terms of outstanding craft and concept. Sadly it received a limited release. Takal both wrote and directed the film. We will be returning to her earlier film Always Shine soon because this was so impressive. Takal managed to wrap a slasher film around feminist political history without being preachy or clunky. Watch this film!


TOPIC INDEX – Black Christmas (Takal 2019) (times are approximate) 

0:35 – Introductions
2:44 – Discussion begins
5:11 – Comparisons to the original film by Clarke (1974).
9:59 – Laura weighs in
12:47 – Sandwich mayonnaise
13:31 – SUPER disappointed in IMDb! Pop-up ad when trying to reference something for the episode. I’ve been using IMDb for more than 20 years. They have declined so far from their original data-oriented goal.
16:41 – A movie with a clear argument, in comparison to our Peeping Tom experience (Powell 1960)
17:18 – Review of characters
19:12 – Car ride scene
20:15 – Going supernatural and our only substantive critique of the film
22:10 – Laying out the argument of the film for clarity
29:33 – Toxic (hegemonic) masculinity as toxic sludge
32:30 – Representation of men
38:08 – Migraines
41:29 – A Christmas song for the ages
43:31 – Exemplary creation of a cinematic symbol through the use of costume
44:50 – Navigating the technology
46:05 – Laura’s expectations for the film and why even aggregated reviews can be problematic especially for horror films
50:14 – Grading the film with the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Horror Film Social Responsiblity

Recommendations for other films
Black Christmas (Clark 1974)

Assassination Nation (Levinson 2018)

Related Episodes

Get Out (Peele 2017)

Assassination Nation (Levinson 2018)


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