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Monday, 10 February 2014

Black Christmas

Black Xmas ( Glen Morgan , 2006)

Budget: 9 m
Production companies: Dimension films , 2929 productions .

Storyline : In the 70's, the boy Billy is born with yellow skin due to a lever disease and his dysfunctional mother rejects him. Later he witnesses his mother and her lover killing his beloved father and burying him in the basement of their house, and he is locked in the attic alone along his childhood. When he is a teenager, he is sexually abused by his mother and she has a baby girl called Agnes. During Christmas, the deranged Billy escapes from his imprisonment, kills his mother and stepfather and blinds one eye of Agnes. He is declared insane and his sister is sent to an orphanage. In the present days, Billy escapes from the Clark Sanatorium to spend Christmas with his family. Meanwhile, his former house is the Delta Alpha Kappa sorority house in the campus of the Clement University, and the housemother and the sisters .

the film opens with idents - dimension films and 2929 productions signifying this film is quite a low budget film .

the film then goes onto open with an establishing shot of the house zooming in at the christmas decoration with the classic christmas music in the back ground 
and we see a long shot of the girls in the bed rooms at a mid angle this is to introduce the first character to be killed as we then see the first girl She is not the classic scream queen as she has brown hair , not busty or sexually available. Which is classic in this genre
however we do have have the classic weapon used which is shown at the beginning a fountain pen which is shown several times the audience can guess this is going to be the murder weapon as it is shown in focus with the back ground faded and then when then the girl goes to closet there is a extreme close up on the pen.then there is an point of view shot , and the audience then feel more involved this creates tension as it shows someone is there. This is almost a false scare.there is next a high angle mid shot which signifies she is weaker than the killer and very vulnerable.

when she is killed we see the girl panic and look for the pen this is a mid shot and zooms in and out to a a close up to emphasis emotion.when she is killed there is fast pace editing which shows this is a slasher film as we see her getting killed and stabbed with the pen however we do not actually see her dead we just presume she is the titles black xmas come up with loud music which is very jumpy as it was silent then these are shown when she goes to the cupboard there is a panning shot as we follow her up to the closet there is music just the wind which we can hear which builds suspense this is a long take.

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