Christmas came a bit early this year, as it’s been revealed that Blumhouse Productions is bringing us a remake of the cult horror classic Black Christmas this December. This comes as something of a surprise, but this is right in Blumhouse’s wheelhouse, as this is the studio behind hits such as Get Out, The Purge and last year’s Halloween, amongst many others. The studio has already shared a first poster for the remake, which will, appropriately, hit theaters on Friday, December 13.
The studio also revealed the creative team tackling the Black Christmas remake both in front of and behind the camera. Sophia Takal (Always Shine) is in the director’s chair, working from a script she wrote alongside April Wolfe (Widower). The cast includes Imogen Poots (Green Room), Aleyse Shannon (Charmed), Brittany O’Grady (Star), Lily Donoghue (The Goldbergs) and Caleb Eberhardt (Choir Boy). Blumhouse head Jason Blum is producing, alongside Ben Cosgrove (The Good German) and by Adam Hendricks (Cam) for Divide/Conquer. Greg Gilreath (Bloodline) and Zac Locke (Adopt-A-Highway) are on board to executive produce.
Black Christmas takes place on the campus of Hawthorne College. Things are quieting down for the holiday season, or so everyone thought. One by one, sorority girls at the college are being killed by an unknown stalker. However, the killer is in for a big surprise when he finds out that this generation’s young women aren’t willing to become hapless victims as they mount a fight to take out this mystery killer before he can kill them. As for the poster, it’s quite simple but definitely gets the point across. It features a pitch-black background, with a sharpened, bloody candy cane at its center. Clearly, someone was on the wrong end of that usually sweet holiday treat. It features the title at the bottom, as well as the Friday the 13th release date.
The original Black Christmas was released in 1974. Directed by Bob Clark and written by Roy Moore, with a cast headlined by Margot Kidder and John Saxon, it’s since gone on to become a true classic of the genre and, for horror fans, a holiday season staple. This isn’t the first time it’s getting the remake treatment either. In 2006, Glen Morgan helmed a rather loose remake of the movie, with a cast that includes Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Lacey Chabert. The remake, generally speaking, is not held in high regard.
Filming is expected to take place in New Zealand. It’s rather impressive that we’re just now hearing about this project, yet it’s actually going to be out in theaters in time for Christmas. If Blumhouse can satisfyingly pull this off, it could prove to be a pretty big, non-traditional end of the year horror hit. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. In the meantime, be sure to check out the poster from the Blumhouse Twitter account below.