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That BLACK CHRISTMAS remake leaves a pretty decent poster in your stocking!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the BLACK CHRISTMAS one-sheet that the Weinstein Co. sent along this evening. I've heard nothing but terrible things about this remake... it really doesn't sound like they pulled it off, so I'm kind of dreading seeing it... especially because I love the original so much. But I must say I really kind of dig the poster. It's not as badass as the original one-sheet, but it definitely feels like the super modern ultra hip cousin of it... an off-spring of the good original and... say... the STAY ALIVE style poster... below you'll find both posters... Enjoy!!!









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  • Nov. 18, 2006, 4:16 a.m. CST

    First

    by brock landers baby

    I thank you.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Taglines

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I like this tagline for the second poster very much, mostly because it makes so little sense. Do they mean that the picture is on too tight, or my skin? Am I wearing this picture, or is it too tight on the wall? Alternatively, why would the tightness of my skin affect my appreciation of a poster? I prefer this nonsensical approach to the cheap slay/sleigh pun of the other poster.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Bah Humbug

    by DOGSOUP

    and a shit in your stocking

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Horrid films with decent posters...

    by SalvatoreGravano

    In the fine tradition of VHS covers from the late 80s and early 90s.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Eewww!

    by QuaidIsHauser

    It feels like cold spaghetti!

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Too soon!

    by Zardoz

    sorry, just had to jump on the bandwagon for a second there...I really don't care about this at all...

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Too Early!

    by Jay Jay

    Christmas is still over a month away!

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 6:22 a.m. CST

    The "Slay" Ride? Or you fucking kidding me?

    by DoodlyDingDongTickTock

    Wasn't that the tagline for one of those Jack Frost straight to VHS 1994 movies?

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 7:23 a.m. CST

    These slasher movies

    by emeraldboy

    are getting out of hand. There are too many of them. They are all crap. not my cup of tea

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 7:56 a.m. CST

    This terrible movie is going to make a lot of money

    by Doc_McCoy

    I blame teens and the fly over states. What?

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 9 a.m. CST

    lame

    by notbad

    The poster is lame and the movie will surely be lame, too. Please stop the remake madness.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 9:20 a.m. CST

    "This holiday season, the slay ride begins"

    by Vern

    My favorite part is not the Cryptkeeper style terrible pun, but the way it implies that this slay ride is only BEGINNING in the holiday season. It could last all the way through Memorial Day weekend. Or hell, it could go on for years. It could begin this holiday season and end seven holiday seasons from now, for all we know. That is where the suspense comes in. How long does the slay ride last?<p> I don't like the idea of filling in the backstory for Billy, either. But I did like the remake of WILLARD these guys did, so who knows. Only problem is I probaly won't be able to see it because if I miss it in theaters, all the Weinstein Group movies exclusively rent at Blockbuster, and I sure as hell ain't gonna sign up at Blockbuster for this, or buy that shit sight unseen. Way to go Weinsteins, I believe Ice Cube would say "you played yourself."

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 9:21 a.m. CST

    By the way, Franklin T. Marmoset

    by Vern

    I don't know if you were just jerkin our chain or not, but when the poster says "this picture" it does not mean "this picture below, on this poster," it means "the movie Black Christmas, coming soon to a theater near year."

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Eventually I'll see this...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...because eventually I see them all. But I won't pay a remake specific dime for it. Sorry, I just love Black Christmas. I think the phone killer in it is the abolsute creepiest in any film ever made. And the fact that after everything the killer is still up in that attic, unseen, still mad and murderous and raging as ever, was just chilling. It almost made the movie seem supernatural instead of standard slasher. And the stupid riff in the trailer for this that Billy's coming home, with its desperately flailing grab for some kind of resonance with the tagline of the original Halloween showed just how empty of any thought the movie was. The poster doesn't help either. "Hey, let's take the poster from the remake of The Hills Have Eyes and drape Christmas lights on it." But really, making Billy a character and giving him a standard issue slasher backstory pretty much negates any connection this has to the original. Funny how often these later day remakes take a beloved 70s film, ditch the things that actually made it different and compelling, bring nothing even vaguely original to replace them, and present that as a new vision.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Vern

    by casmcthorn

    I am digging Vern.He is the future of this site and i completely agree about the "mancrush" bullshit.Where did you come from Vern?

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 9:43 a.m. CST

    re:blockbuster

    by Malebolgia

    is that brick and mortar or online as well ?because I think I remember Netflixing some weinstein group movie.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 9:50 a.m. CST

    they just put Xmas lights on the Hills Have Eyes poster

    by triplefive

    thats pretty lazy

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Dark Rudolph

    by bobbyjoe

    I don't know, "Slay" puns for Christmas Slasher movies are so 80's. This movie needs a new tagline, and I suggest we lend them our help. How about "Fa La La La La La La La LAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!"

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Pretty cool.

    by cooterbrown

    I'm a graphic designer and have been trying for years to get a string of lights to look good on a christmas card - I finally gave up. Movie looks good though. Like Dark Rudolphs tagline...

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 11:49 a.m. CST

    OOOOH. You know it's X-treme because...

    by jimmy_009

    ...they used X-mas instead of Christmas. Edgy! Someone should tell them this isn't 1998 and adding X to everything doesn't make it cool in the eyes of kids anymore (if it ever did). X-TREME!

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Another tag line idea

    by KarmicRelief

    How about "Stalkin' in a Winter Wonderland"?

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Morgan and Wong Co-Directed the FD movies

    by Messiahman

    For what it's worth, these guys co-wrote and co-directed all the movies they're responsible for, each one switching off names on varying projects. They were a TEAM, so the mention of it being from the "director" of FD is perfectly valid.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 1 p.m. CST

    I wanna see a Silent Night Deadly Night remake....

    by The Dum Guy

    Now a homicidal Santa Claus is a bit cliched, but it would be a helluva lot more entertaining than most of the horror movies that come out today.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 2:34 p.m. CST

    To save money, maybe...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...they could remake My Bloody Valentine next, and just crib the composition from the Hills Have Eyes Remake poster again, take out the Christmas Lights and drop a Valentine's Day Card over the victim's head.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Uh, is that even REAL???

    by DirkVega

    Between the cheap font at the top, the fuzzy billing block, and the actress looking just like Vinessa Shaw on the HILLS HAVE EYES poster, I somehow doubt it. Oh, and I also doubt the studio would use "X-mas" since it's not the official title.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 5:20 p.m. CST

    I dont get it, is this a "silent night, deadly night"??

    by Mike_D

    Because thats what the trailer almost made it seem like. And then I see the comparison poster of "silent night, evil night" above with black christmas.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Mike D

    by Red Ned Lynch

    Silent Night, Deadly Night was one of a couple alternate titles Black Christmas played under over the years. It was a drive-in staple for awhile and played on tv under yet a third title. Maybe Stranger in the House. Silent Night Deadly Night was also the title for an 80's Santa as Slasher film, but it's not the creepy one. The creepy killer Santa Claus movies was Christmas Evil, which was made back in the 70s. And yeah, I've watched too many horror movies.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 6:25 p.m. CST

    DirkVega

    by Red Ned Lynch

    But isn't it appropriate that a lifeless copy of a movie already made would have a poster that's a lifeless copy of another movie's poster? Thinking up new things is hard.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 6:57 p.m. CST

    so...its the exact same poster as HILLS HAVE EYES(06)?

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    because, it is.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Brother Eye

    by blackshuck

    hmmm..check out the band and their Holiday classic 'Black Christmas' www.myspace.com/brothereyerocks OK, it's my band. Let er rip. What we really need is 'Mother's Day' remake.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 8:38 p.m. CST

    that's' www.myspace.com/brothereyerocks'

    by blackshuck

    I'm tired. www.myspace.com/brothereyerocks

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 9:22 p.m. CST

    What's X-Mas?

    by hatespeech

    I don't understand, what's X-mas? IS that a Muslim holiday?

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 9:57 p.m. CST

    hatespeech

    by The Dum Guy

    No, it not Muslim, it's actually Catholic's most extreme form of gathering and reciting things.

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 10:21 p.m. CST

    XXX 3: Black X-Mas

    by Nick Michalak

    Starring Vin Diesel and Ice Cube with Samuel L. Jackson. I would throw in a "Snakes on a Plane" joke for SLJ, but I think we're past that now. Honestly, everything about this movie seems like standard Dimension Films studio lackey fare. No chance this film has any edge or genuine freshness to it. -NJM

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Will the title card be Black X-Mas or Black Christmas?

    by Mace Tofu

    Because it's OK to use the word Christmas this year, all the retail stores are going back to it.

  • Nov. 19, 2006, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Red Ned / President Evil

    by Vern

    The alternate title for Black Christmas is Silent Night EVIL Night, not Deadly Night. Silent Night Deadly Night is actually a pretty good one, the one where an orphan's parents are killed by a thief dressed as Santa, then after a series of other traumatic events he finds himself dressed as Santa Claus and drunk and goes on a rampage. It also has one of the most hilariously bad slasher sequels ever - part 2 literally has 45 minutes of flashbacks from part 1. <p> President Evil, is there anything to back up that old claim about Spielberg directing Poltergeist? I don't buy it and I can't find anything to back it up other than "some people say" Spielberg directed it. If so what is the explanation for why everyone involved pretended Tobe Hooper directed it?

  • Nov. 19, 2006, 2:23 a.m. CST

    is this film like Soul Plane?

    by Cedar_Room

    "you better get your raggedy white Santa Claus ass down that chimney fool" - and other such stereotypes?

  • Nov. 19, 2006, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Vern...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...you'e right, of course, it's right on the poster. Still have to disagree with you about the relative creepiness of Silent Night Deadly Night and Christmas Evil, though. Christmas Evil is just insanely wrong on every level, with an ending that just defies all laws of reason. For me Silent Night Deadly Night had a nice setup creating the worst drunken Santa ever, but the execution was only Happy Birthday to Me level.

  • Nov. 19, 2006, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Vern...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...it was rumored heavily at the time that Hooper was turning out a bad film and that Spielberg stepped in. And when the movie came out, with all its Spielbergian touches a lot of people took that as evidence that he had. Everyone involved with the production denied it. So you're probably not going to find any confirmation no matter how hard you look. I can't say that I believe Spielberg actually directed the film with Hooper banished, as even if Hooper was allowed to keep his name on the film it seems as though that would have caused a bigger fuss. But you have to admit that the finished product looks an awful lot like the Spielberg version of a horror movie, and not much like anything else Hooper's directed, so my guess is the rumors came from Spielberg having an extraordinarily heavy hand in the production.

  • Nov. 19, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST

    President

    by Vern

    Well who knows, but it seems to me it's another one of those Spielberg productions like Gremlins and Goonies and all that other shit, but Hooper gets punished for doing a good job. Of course it feels like a Spielberg movie, he wrote it and developed it for himself to direct before handing it over to Hooper. It also seems like enough time has passed, and enough corny cable specials on the making of Poltergeist have been made, that by now we would have something more concrete than "there were rumors 20 years ago that everybody involved has always denied." I don't know.<p> I guess I just don't like people saying that because I don't want Hooper missing out on the credit for one of his good movies when he's made so many bad ones. He doesn't get enough credit as a once-great director anyway. Of course everybody acknowledges TEXAS CHAIN SAW but I don't think enough people respect part 2, or some of his lesser but distinctive movies like THE FUNHOUSE and LIFEFORCE. And these days I have hope he might still have some life in him because his last couple (TOOLBOX MURDERS and MORTUARY) are actually good by straight to video standards and finally have some of his personality in them again. <p> Maybe someday I'll meet the guy and ask him what the deal is and if it turns out he really directed the movie, me and him will go track down the people who started the rumors back then and have some choice words with them. And then we'll go cut some logs with chainsaws or dig up some bodies or something.

  • Nov. 19, 2006, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Wow, Vern...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...we're little opposites boys on this. I was really excited back when Poltergeist came out because I thought it'd be a supernatural TCM style movie. Came out spitting mad because it was so Spielbergy (not a Spielberg hater...Jaws and Raiders would both be in any top 100 list I made, and if I stretched it to 200 there would be at least a couple more). It's just that I was expecting a mean, hard TCM style ghost story and I got smeared with this gooey feel good mess. Didn't care for Gremlins either, though, or most of those "You won't believe it's not Spielberg" films from that 5-7 year sprawl. And yeah, I realize from the standard of craftsmanship it would be Hooper's most polished film, but good horror isn't about the polish, it's about what's underneath. And I'm even grateful for the film now, as it's a reasonable facsimile of a horror movie that's family friendly enough for me to show to the kids. But even if I believed it was Hooper's vision (and sorry, I don't) it wouldn't make me that happy. Now Funhouse is another story, flawed and incomplete feeling as it is.

  • Nov. 19, 2006, noon CST

    Hollywood omerta

    by Mgmax

    "It also seems like enough time has passed..." Hey, it took until Christian Nyby died for the cast members of The Thing to acknowledge that Howard Hawks was really on the set the whole time and Nyby (who was Hawks' longtime editor) had basically been the 1st AD. Hollywood insiders know what's going on, and the fact that neither Nyby (who went straight into television) or Hooper (who went back to B movies) was given that big a picture again tells its own story. In the case of Poltergeist, as I recall the issue was that Spielberg took over production-- probably under DGA rules Spielberg could not have assumed direction and the credit (they prohibit you having a second director waiting in the wings, you have to fire the first one then find a second, which is why guys like Richard Lester were prized for the ability to pick up and run without any downtime), but as producer, he certainly could take over in all but name. The issue was that he then shot his mouth off about it to the press, eventually having to run an apology ad in Variety saying, basically, "You're doing a heck of a job, Tobe!" But either way this movie is obviously Spielberg all over; if Hooper was on the set executing the storyboards, it's still a Spielberg production through and through.

  • Nov. 19, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Weinsteins and Blockbuster exclusivity deal

    by Jack Burton

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned that the Weinstein Brothers signed an exclusivity agreement with Blockbuster for distribution of their movies on DVD. Leaving other chains and Netflix out in the cold. I read this on CNN.com on Thursday. Why the hell they would align themselves with an ailing dinosaur like Blockbuster is beyond me. Blockbuster has closed down in a lot of towns, as have video stores in general.Of course if the brother's main output will be uninspired remakes like Black Christmas I guess we don't have much to care about this. Oh yeah, and Grindhouse but everyone is just gonna buy that one so it doesn't count. I thought the Weinsteins were saavy businessmen. They may well be getting a bucket of money from Blockbuster for this, but when your town doesn't have a Blockbuster, how do you see their flicks? Really shortsighted in my opinion. Anyone have any inside info on this deal and what it entails? CNN didn't have more then a couple paragraphs.

  • Nov. 19, 2006, 8:27 p.m. CST

    ...

    by Vern

    Good points everybody. Especially about DGA rules and Spielberg - it could've been the same kind of thing that happened with Mel Gibson allegedly taking over PAYBACK. I actually agree with you though Ned, I would rather have a Tobe Hooper POLTERGEIST. What I mean is, I sense that people say that because they like POLTERGEIST and think Hooper isn't capable of making that movie. But obviously that's not your take on it.<p> Jack Burton, I did mention the Blockbuster exlusive thing. I agree, it seems crazy and will be a pain in the ass for people who want any of those movies. All I can figure is they want it to be a pain in the ass to rent so that people will just say "fuck it" and buy the movie sight unseen. But I don't think that strategy is gonna work on shit like SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS and most of the other crap they put out.

  • Nov. 19, 2006, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Vern...

    by Immortal_Fish

    Unrequited love for Hooper should be a second toward love for Carpenter; the poster child of great directors who have lost their way. For that matter, Schumacher doesn't deserve his demagougery either, considering his mid-tenure contributions.

  • Nov. 19, 2006, 11:56 p.m. CST

    this looks good?

    by llephen

    i don't know what looks good about this poster. It looks like they ripped off the cover of the Hills Have Eyes Remake (which was an awful movie), and replaced the scary desert motif and hand with Christmas lights and garland. Not scary or interesting at all. it SUCKS.

  • Nov. 19, 2006, 11:58 p.m. CST

    p.s.

    by llephen

    this MIGHT be cool if the eye was rolled back into the head or something. But from the looks of it, this person just fell off the ladder while decorating the tree and they're eyeballing the wobbling tree, wondering if it's gonna fall over. this SUCKS!

  • Nov. 19, 2006, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Vern...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    I first saw TCM during one of the last Memorial day dusk to dawn drive-in marathons ever held in my neck of the woods. Bloodsucking Freaks was on the bill with it, along with City of the Dead under the title Gates of Hell and a couple of others. I remember Freaks because it was the first time I'd seen that, too, and damn. I remember Gates of Hell because the guy came on to announce that "the concession stand is closing in five minutes" and just after he said it the priest Christopher George has gone to see stares off into the distance and says "God help us" which at about four in the morning seemed pretty damned funny. Anyway, even at that young age I was already a pretty jaded horror fan, but seeing Texas Chainsaw Massacre, after hearing about it for awhile, was just a revelation. It was mean and nasty and unpleasant in such a real and personal way that I actually hated watching it and yet couldn't take my eyes off it. And if you grew up in the midwest in the 70s and ever wandered outside the city you met some of that family (fortunately not leatherface) and what you see them doing in the movie is just what you were sort of afraid they were doing down south of town. And the scene where they keep putting the hammer back in the old man's hand still stands out as one of the most intense "please stop showing this to me now" moments I have ever experienced watching a movie. If Tobe Hooper never made another great movie (and although I have a personal fondness for Eaten Alive and Funhouse I'm not sure he ever did) that movie alone buys him a ticket into the hall of fame. I figured you had to be on the far end of the horror geek pool to say openly that you liked Silent Night, Deadly Night, but you scared me a little on Poltergeist. Man, I would have liked to see Hooper get a chance to do a big budget supernatural movie that looked like one of his. Even if he'd messed it up horribly it would have been something to see. But I guess it was the wrong film environment, and the wrong people to be working with, for that to happen.

  • Nov. 19, 2006, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Hey.

    by Red Ned Lynch

    I've mentioned Christopher George twice in talkbacks in a three day period. That has to mean something.

  • Nov. 20, 2006, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Vern

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    It was just a cheap attempt at some grammar humour, which I gues makes me no better than whichever marketing monkey came up with the slay pun.

  • Nov. 20, 2006, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Jack Burton

    by Trader Groucho 2

    The Weinsteins deal gives their company some primary homepage real estate on Blockbuster's online movie rental service that competes - albeit poorly - with Netflix. And it struck me as a pretty stupid move too. Are Netflix subscribers going to dump Netflix and/or add Blockbuster? Doubtful. Netflix has built their brand and a loyal customer base with a range of titles Blockbuster doesn't have by moving aggressively to licence a bunch of docs and independent films. Really, the Weinsteins' target audience is the more discerning Netflix subscribers. The good news for the Weinsteins is they'll parachute out of this deal with Blockbuster goes belly-up in early 2007.

  • Nov. 20, 2006, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Poltergiest

    by Banshee7

    I believe completly that Spielberg directed Poltergiest. As others have said, just lok at the framing of the shots and the camera movement. It's classic 80's Steven. And isn't it true that the reason we don't have a 2-disc special editon of the film is because Spielberg killed it because the "Behind the Scenes" documentary they were going to include proved that he directed the movie and he didn't want to make his friend Tobe look bad? I read that somewhere on a DVD site years ago but I can't remember where.

  • Nov. 20, 2006, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Vern and Trader Groucho 2

    by Jack Burton

    Thanks guys for the info/feedback. When I said I didn't see any mention Vern, I meant as an official story on AICN. It struck me as unprecedented and I wonder if it's a sign of exclusivity deals to come.