This one's got balls!
Although this is a remake of a 1974 film, a prolonged introduction would have us think it is in fact a sequel. This said, the story is pretty much the same. Better structured than its predecessor, it uses the best of current technology and offers densely detailed photography, precise editing and cunning lighting setups. This is an enhanced version of the stuff more generic slashers are based on.
Fans of the original might question the increased abundance of backstory pertaining to the killer. This is new territory but it doesn't necessarily feel out of place, although it kills the mystery. Fortunately, the film is well paced, suspenseful when it needs to be and never loses your attention. For a slasher, there is little sex or nudity and the story is surprisingly dense… too dense, perhaps.
If you overlook the plastic performances and the formatted script, you'll be pleased by Black Christmas. Simply put, it is the ultimate non-supernatural, though surreal, Christmas-themed horror movie. Don't expect an evil Santa Claus with powers, but rather a brute that wraps itself in a great omnipresent visual holiday ambiance before assaulting you with clever jump scares.