On Christmas Night - Netflix

Posted on Sat 16 February 2019 in netflix

Traditional festive readings and carols.

Type: Variety

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 5 minutes

Premier: 2008-12-25

On Christmas Night - Black Christmas (1974 film) - Netflix

Black Christmas (former alternative titles include Silent Night, Evil Night and Stranger in the House) is a 1974 Canadian psychological slasher film directed and produced by Bob Clark and written by A. Roy Moore. It stars Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Marian Waldman and John Saxon. The story follows a group of sorority sisters who are receiving threatening phone calls, while being stalked and murdered during the holiday season by a deranged murderer hiding in the attic of their sorority house. Inspired by a series of murders that took place in the Westmount section of Montreal, Quebec, and the urban legend “The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs,” writer Moore composed the script, which was originally titled Stop Me. Upon director Clark's involvement, numerous alterations were made, primarily the shifting to a university setting with young adult characters. The film was shot on an estimated budget of $620,000 in Toronto in the winter of 1973–4. Black Christmas was purchased by Warner Bros., who distributed the film in North America, releasing it in Canada on October 11, 1974; in the United States, Warner Bros. timed the release with the Christmas holiday, releasing it on December 20, 1974. It screened at theaters in the United States through late 1975, and internationally grossed over USD$4 million at the box office. Years after its release, Black Christmas has received praise from critics and is noted by film historians for being one of the earliest films of its type to conclude without revealing the identity of its villain. It has also earned a following as a cult film. The film is generally considered to be one of the earliest slasher films, as well as serving as an influence for Halloween (1978). Two years after its original release, a novelization written by Lee Hays was published in 1976, and a remake of the same name, produced by Clark, was released in December 2006.

On Christmas Night - Concept and writing - Netflix

Canadian Roy Moore wrote the screenplay entitled Stop Me based on The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs urban legend. Moore also claimed to have been inspired by a series of murders that occurred during the holiday season in the Westmount area of Montreal. Film producers Harvey Sherman and Richard Schouten had Timothy Bond rewrite the script to give it a university setting. Clark, who had felt the original script was too much of a straightforward slasher film, made several alterations in dialogue, and also incorporated humorous elements into the film, particularly the drunkenness of the Barb character, and Mrs. Mac, who Clark based on his aunt. Clark felt that college and high school students had not been depicted with “any sense of reality” in American film, and that he intended to capture the “astuteness” of young adults: "College students—even in 1974—are astute people. They're not fools. It's not all “bikinis, beach blankets, [and] bingo”."

On Christmas Night - References - Netflix