A high school girl's been murdered, Mr. Harrison's daughter is missing and now at the house where she lives the other girls are getting obscene phone calls. Merry Christmas, everybodyit's time to celebrate the birth of the slasher film! This 1974 splatter-core masterpiece from director Bob Clark (yes, the man who guided Peter Billingsley to big-screen immortality in that other yuletide TV staple, A Christmas Story) has everything a genre fan could want: John Saxon, Margot Kidder, a murderous mouth-breather hiding behind the couchand, um, John Saxon. Did we mention that John Saxon is the most badass dude not named Warren Oates to ever hit the silver screen? Well, he is, and his performance in Black Christmas makes it one of the best holiday-horror films ever, better than Christmas Evil, Santas Slay, Jack Frosts I and II and Silent Night, Deadly Night Part whateverand needless to say, way better than its own 2006 remake.
Sat., Dec. 19, midnight; Sun., Dec. 20, midnight, 2009