This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Jim Dooley’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
The most amazing thing to me about the third BLACK CHRISTMAS is that somebody must have read the screenplay and given it a “green light.” This thing is a mess.
Didn’t I see that it had a generally poor score from other Viewers? Yes, but here is my thought process:
* In the year of the Pandemic, I’m not even remotely in a Holiday spirit ... so, a mad slasher film about Christmas could be fun. (And, after all, I really enjoyed the original.)
* As the film gets underway, it looks like it may be pulling some things from the SCREAM playbook. Oh, wait a minute. The hooded killer isn’t from SCREAM. This killer looks more at home in EYES WIDE SHUT. (I did think that the snow angel was a nice touch, though.)
* It seems like more familiar territory at the sorority house. But, there looks like there is going to be a “date rape” message here. Well, that could add an interesting dimension.
* In the classroom scene, I discover it is not a “date rape” issue. It is a “gender equity” issue. Hmmm.
* Okay, it’s definitely a “gender equity” issue, but it is also a “racial” issue as I’m introduced to the fraternity cult. By the way, there’s more strengthening of the EYES WIDE SHUT connection. It’s not SCREAM.
* Ah, it’s not a killer. It’s killers. And none of the potential targets are behaving as I’d expect someone to behave in such a situation.
* Wait a minute. We’ve entered full-blown Dennis Wheatley territory with supernatural recruitment into the Black Arts.
* Well, I don’t need to watch ENTER THE DRAGON again anytime soon. I’ve just seen the good warriors take on the evil warriors.
* So, wasn’t this supposed to be BLACK CHRISTMAS?
Final thought: “Up On The Housetop” composer, Benjamin Hanby, must be cringing in his grave.