Black Christmas

  • Thursday, Nov 23, 2017 7:30 p.m.

The Nightlight - 30 N High St

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The Nightlight Cinema Film Society is proud to present Bob Clark's holiday horror masterpiece, Black Christmas this December 23rd for one night only in our brand new Lounge 237 area screening on our new 135" screen! Only 25 tickets available for this event.

"Little baby bunting, daddy's went a-hunting, gonna fetch a rabbit skin to wrap his baby Agnes in."

It can be argued convincingly that Bob Clark's Black Christmas (1974) forever changed and influenced the pacing and camerawork of future horror films. The movie's opening contains an extended optical POV shot in which a prowler sidles around the Canadian sorority house, Pi Kappa Sig, and makes his way up lattice, stepping into an old attic.

This scene and others in Clark's film are an example of what film historian David Bordwell calls directly subjective narration. The cinema audience only catches glimpses of the stalker (Billy) and never fully sees his face. Although Black Christmas may not have been the first, there were a bevy of horror movies that predominantly took the perspective of the killer after the release of this film.

Clark and his cinematographer Reginald Morris create a master floor plan inside the house for the psychopath to surreptitiously lurk and stalk his waiting prey. The film attains a remarkably sustained feeling of dread throughout and up till the last shot. Carl Zittrer's ominous score and Clark's sound design, while non-diegetic, seem so immaculately woven that it could have been played on the set in perfect harmony and felt just right. Black Christmas is unmissable and deserves to be part of the canon as one of the essentials.

~~ Stephen Larson,