For college students, the holiday season isn’t just a time for decorating the tree and opening presents at home. It’s winter break, when they get to put away their textbooks and forget about the stress of exams. Yuletide means time to kick back and relax with friends. That is, of course, unless you are being hunted down by a murderous fraternity at a university with some very dark secrets, like in the first trailer for the newest version of the holiday horror film Black Christmas. But even though it’s a remake, it looks like the perfect Christmas story for 2019.
“Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. But as Riley Stone (Imogen Poots, Green Room) and her Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters—athlete Marty (Lily Donoghue, Jane the Virgin), rebel Kris (Aleyse Shannon, Charmed), and foodie Jesse (Brittany O’Grady, Star)—prepare to deck the halls with a series of seasonal parties, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority women one by one.”
The newest iteration of the cult classic slasher film, which was first released in 1974 and remade in 2006, finds another group of sorority sisters being hunted down during what should be the most wonderful time of the year. But just because these coeds are under attack and can’t trust any of the men in their lives (no, not even their professor played by Cary Elwes), that doesn’t mean they won’t fight back to protect themselves against any threat.
Because in 2019, the masked murderer (or it appears murderers) are all going “to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t about to be anybody’s victims,” especially when they should be relaxing during winter break.
Directed by Sophia Takal (Always Shine), who wrote the script with April Wolfe (Widower), Black Christmas also stars Simon Mead (Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story) and Caleb Eberhardt (Mozart in the Jungle). It comes to theaters in time for Santa, December 13.
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