For full disclaimer purposes I should say straight from the off that 1974 classic Black Christmas comfortably sits in the higher echelons of my all-time favourite movies list.

So when news of yet another remake surfaced I was torn – on the one hand annoyed, on the other accepting that the remakes Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (78) and The Thing (82) both sit on said list.

Well, the first trailer for this latest festive incarnation has arrived and, to be fair, I’m not sure what to make of it.

Yes, there are some familiar motifs (the threatening phone calls for starters), but this seems to be a very different offering – cults anyone?

This may turn out to be no bad thing of course, so for now I’m just going to sit tight and wait for the film to arrive.

Here’s the blurb:

Just in time for the holidays comes a timely take on a cult horror classic as a campus killer comes to face a formidable group of friends in sisterhood.

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, The CW’s Jane the Virgin), rebel Kris (Aleyse Shannon, The CW’s Charmed), and foodie Jesse (Brittany O’Grady, Fox’s Star)—prepare to deck the halls with a series of seasonal parties, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority women one by one.

As the body count rises, Riley and her squad start to question whether they can trust any man, including Marty’s beta-male boyfriend, Nate (Simon Mead, Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story), Riley’s new crush Landon (Caleb Eberhardt, Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle) or even esteemed classics instructor Professor Gelson (Cary Elwes).

Whoever the killer is, he’s about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t about to be anybody’s victims.

From director Sophia Takal (Always Shine) from the script she wrote with April Wolfe (Widower), comes a bold new take on the 1974 slasher classic produced by Jason Blum (HalloweenSplit) for his Blumhouse Productions, by Ben Cosgrove (The Good GermanRumor Has It) and by Adam Hendricks (CamBloodlineLucky) for Divide/Conquer. Blumhouse’s Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno will executive produce with Divide/Conquer’s Greg Gilreath and Zac Locke.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle