Tuesday, April 19, 2011

BIQ Guide To Remakes: Black Christmas

Original: 1974
Remake: 2006
Best Version: Original

This is a hands down non contest. What made the original so scary was not knowing who was tormenting the sorority sisters, or why. So what did the film-makers in charge of the remake do? They decided to take the one element that made the original so suspenseful and completely screw it up by dedicating a large portion of their remake to explaining everything with a stupid new Rob-Zombie-ish back story. Ergh.


  1. Back story is always a trap for remakes and sequels. It seems like a safe way to "color in" your own contribution without changing the heart of it. The trouble is, that's often like saying "Hey beer is mostly water, so it can't hurt if I add some more."

    Lazarus Lupin
    art and review

  2. Exactly! And we all know that the flavour comes from the grain, yeast and hops, not the water.

    Mmmmm... Beer...