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‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE SCARY AS “BLACK CHRISTMAS” DROPS FIRST TRAILER

Just in time for the holidays comes Universal Pictures’ and Blumhouse Productions’ Black Christmas, a timely take on a cult horror classic as a campus killer comes to face a formidable group of friends in sisterhood.

 

Check out the film’s first trailer below and watch Black Christmas in Philippine cinemas December 11.

 


In Black Christmas, Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. But as Riley Stone (Imogen Poots) and her Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters—athlete Marty (Lily Donoghue), rebel Kris (Aleyse Shannon), and foodie Jesse (Brittany O’Grady)—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), Riley’s new crush Landon (Caleb Eberhardt) 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.

 

This December, ring in the holidays by dreaming of a Black Christmas.  

 

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 (Halloween, Split) for his Blumhouse Productions, by Ben Cosgrove (Rumor Has It) and by Adam Hendricks (CamBloodline, Lucky) for Divide/Conquer.  Blumhouse’s Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno  executive produce with Divide/Conquer’s Greg Gilreath and Zac Locke.

 

Black Christmas is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/ ; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/. Use the hashtag #BlackChristmas.   

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    WOMEN FIGHT BACK IN THE HORROR THRILLER 

    “BLACK CHRISTMAS”

    You can probably count the number of major studio horror films directed by a woman on a hand or two. But a reimagined horror classic about women, directed by a woman and written by two women? That may be one for the history books.

    Universal Pictures’ new horror thriller Black Christmas combines those elements to become not only a terrifying, violent, edge-of-your-seat slasher, but one that’s also subversive, edgy and anchored by a modern female perspective.



    Sophia Takal, who made her directorial debut with 2011’s Green and went on to direct 2016’s Always Shine, was excited to join a project in which she could create a fresh, new take on the classic slasher. “I’m a big fan of the original Black Christmas,” Takal says. “It was way ahead of its time in terms of dealing with women’s rights issues. I wanted to make a film that felt similarly contemporary in its take on women’s issues of today. A lot of movies in the slasher sub-genre are written and directed by men. I think you can really feel the difference in this movie and the fact that it’s directed by a woman, in terms of what the story is, how it’s told and how specific the female characters are.

    After signing onto the film, Takal called upon April Wolfe, whom she’d met a few months prior, to help her develop the script. “I approached April about helping me write the script because she’s a big fan of horror and I thought she would be able to help differentiate this film from traditional slasher movies,” Takal says.

    Something else they were in perfect sync on were the themes that they wanted to get across with the film: sisterhood, women empowerment and the idea of women coming together to find their power, voices and strength in each other. “I wanted to make a movie that felt of-the-moment,” Takal says. “For me, that meant making a film where women work together and use their strengths to make a difference rather than pitting themselves against one another. The women in this film realize that they’re stronger together, and I think that differentiates this movie from a lot of slasher films of the past.”

    The story follows Riley (Imogen Poots) and her friends (Lily Donoghue, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O’Grady), members of the MKE sorority at Hawthorne College, who decide to stay at school over winter break and who soon realize there is a killer on the loose and that they will have to work together to fight for survival.

    Through the development of the story, it was important for the filmmakers that the sorority be portrayed in a very specific way. “Oftentimes, films put a stigma on women in sororities being catty, but this film doesn’t follow that,” Takal says. “All of the women in this sorority are supportive of one another, intelligent, engaged, fun-loving and represent different types of women, rather than being presented as caricatures or stereotypes. I wanted MKE to feel like it was filled with real women.”

    Above all, Takal was determined to make a film that would provide real scares while also addressing real issues. “This movie will not only scare audiences but will leave them with something to think about when they walk out of the theater,” Takal says. “In today’s age, it seems as though the world is open to hearing stories by women, so I’m excited to be at the forefront of that.”

    In Philippine cinemas December 11, Black Christmas is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures

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    DYNAMIC DAMSELS: MEET THE CAST OF “BLACK CHRISTMAS”

     

    In Universal Pictures and Blumhouse’s new horror thriller Black Christmas, Riley (Imogen Poots) and her sorority friends decide to stay at school over winter break.  They soon realize there is a killer on the loose and that they will have to work together to fight for survival.

    These women are not passive victims, as is so often the case in horror films. Producer Ben Cosgrove emphasizes, “A lot of slasher films have treated female characters as objects who are just there to be killed.  We wanted to flip that notion on its head. Rather than allowing themselves to get picked off one by one, the women group together and marshal their resources so they can fight together.”

    Meet the strong-willed sorority friends coming together to find their power, voices and strength in each other.

    Riley (Imogen Poots, That Awkward Moment, Fright Night)

    Our protagonist, Riley, is a smart, strong and resilient woman. If there’s ever a sister who’s in trouble or a disagreement between friends, she’s often the peacemaker who will calmly help. When we meet her, she is not in the best place in her life, through no fault of her own. “Riley is a young woman who suffered from a trauma in her past, which has caused her to retreat into herself,” director Sophia Takal says. “Over the course of the film, she’s able to find the strength within herself and through her sisters to fight back.”

    Kris (Aleyse Shannon, The CW’s Charmed)

    Kris is the headstrong, determined and passionate woman of the group. She has very strong opinions, which she brings to people’s attention in vocal ways. She’ll be the first to correct anyone who says ‘girls,’ making sure they instead say ‘women.’ While she always has the right intentions, her tactics may sometimes be to her own detriment. “Kris is a very vocal feminist who fights against the patriarchy in her everyday life,” Takal says. “She also pushes all of her friends to grow and be their best selves. At times, she can be a little bit pushy about trying to get others to fight as hard as she’s fighting, but her heart is definitely in the right place.”

    Marty (Lily Donoghue, The CW’s Jane the Virgin)

    Marty is the ambitious, yet self-contained, athlete of the group, and the closest with Riley. “Marty is very empathetic and protective to her core, especially with Riley,” Donoghue says. “Marty can see how Riley almost moves through the world like an open wound at times and acknowledges that she’s been in situations that she couldn’t control, so in turn, Marty’s always making sure Riley is okay. Marty spars with Kris at times, but there’s something familial about their exchanges, and it just shows how close they are. At the end of the day, Marty would do anything for her best friends.”

    Jesse (Brittany O’Grady, FOX’s Star)

    Jesse is the playful, buoyant, good-time gal of the squad.  While not the sharpest of the group, she has a good heart and is always positive and supportive of her friends. “Jesse is a bubbly, positive, happy-go-lucky young woman in the sorority,” O’Grady says. “She loves her friends and creating memories with them, until things become treacherous for the group. I’ve never portrayed someone quite as fun as Jesse, and I was excited to show her lightheartedness and her out-of-pocket comments. I liked playing a character who provides some of the comedic relief.”

    In Philippine cinemas December 11, Black Christmas is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. 

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    BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: THE GUYS OF “BLACK CHRISTMAS”

     

    The women are fiercely empowering in Universal Pictures and Blumhouse’s new horror thriller Black Christmas, but on the flipside, an insidious toxic masculinity persists in the story’s fraternity Delta Kappa Omega (DKO).

    “DKO represents old-school masculinity and the old-school ideas of what men should be and what women should be,” director Sophia Takal says. “The men of the fraternity are preppy, conservative and have grown up thinking that the world belongs to them. They don’t experience consequences for any of their actions and they’ll always continue to get more powerful, despite how they have acted in the past.”

    Just in time for the holidays, Black Christmas is a timely take on a cult horror classic as a campus killer comes to face a formidable group of friends in sisterhood.  The male characters in the film may not all be bad boys, and as you will find out below, a couple of them may even have redeeming qualities.

    Professor Gelson (Cary Elwes, Saw, Netflix’s Stranger Things)

    Professor Gelson, a long-standing professor of classics at Hawthorne College, is played by Cary Elwes, who is known for the iconic roles of Westley in The Princess Bride and Dr. Lawrence Gordon in the Saw films. Professor Gelson and his father are both alumni of the University, and, in many ways, the school is his life. “Professor Gelson is a charming, popular professor on campus,” director Sophia Takal says. “He was part of the DKO fraternity when he went to Hawthorne, but the current women of MKE have an issue with the fact that he only teaches the white male canon and doesn’t include any diverse voices in his class.”

    Elwes goes into further detail about the character. “Professor Gelson teaches classic literature with a slight bias towards suggesting that the glory of male civilization is far more important than anything else,” Elwes says.” What’s ironic is that one usually associates prejudiced people with ignorance. Yet, here is a guy who is supposedly an intellectual who is clearly proud of his prejudice. I was drawn to that character because I had never played someone quite like him before.”




    Landon (Caleb Eberhardt, The Post, Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle)

    Landon is a sweet, caring student who introduces himself to Riley (Imogen Poots) early in the film, after having been attracted to her for some time. He’s a genuine, dad-joke telling, social-media-free guy, but Riley is wary of him because of her past experiences with men. Landon senses Riley’s guardedness, but doesn’t quite know where it’s coming from or what to do about it.

    “Landon represents a new type of masculinity and his character is crucial in showing that there are men out there who want to help women,” Takal says. “He understands women and is open to a more egalitarian society. Landon captures the charm and goofiness of what it is to be a young man trying to navigate relationships in 2019.”



    'Nate (Simon Mead, Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story)

    Nate is Marty’s thoughtful, attentive boyfriend. Nate is very kind to Marty and her friends, but almost to a fault. Marty can be a bit curt with him, but he doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, he seems pretty content to be the beta to Marty’s alpha. “Nate doesn’t fit in with your typical frat boy and finds himself more at ease around Marty’s friends and their opinions and values,” Mead says. “He’s your all-around, trusting, friendly guy. A lot of the roles I’ve had in the past have been playing the jerk, so it was nice to show a different side in this role.”




    Now playing in Philippine cinemas, Black Christmas is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.



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