Horror and holly jolly Christmas tropes can go together so well – whether in family-friendly fare like The Nightmare Before Christmas, or more hardcore festive frights like Rare Exports. This year, Blumhouse is getting in on the holiday-horror hype with a remake of Black Christmas – the sorority slasher that first hit the screen in 1974, followed by an initial remake in 2006. The new take stars the likes of Imogen Poots and Cary Elwes – and the first trailer has just arrived online. Here it is for you to unwrap – though be warned, it perhaps gives away a little more than you might want to know.
As per the previous incarnations, this Black Christmas sees a group of sorority sisters under attack from a cloaked killer (or killers?), but for the first time it’s being told by a female filmmaker – Sophia Takal, who directs and is on co-writing duties with April Wolfe. As the official synopsis has it, “Whoever the killer is, he’s about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t about to be anybody’s victims.” Here’s hoping this one is another timely and playful slasher from the studio who gave us last year’s Halloween, and the Happy Death Day movies.
Fittingly, this December plays host to a Friday the 13th – and that’s exactly when the new Black Christmas is arriving in cinemas, on Friday 13 December.