Black Christmas opened Monday. I’ll say that again: Black Christmas. Yep. While moviegoers in 25 cities have their eyes full trying to keep up with a principal cast boasting 11 Oscar nominations and two wins (both Caine’s) among them, we’ll be lapping a horror remake wherein a serial killer with a history of turning folks (his, to be specific) into Christmas cookies terrorizes a gaggle of squealing sorority sisters. (I counted one Teen Choice Award, one MTV Golden Popcorn, and a slew of something called a YoungStar Award.) Whatever, it’s not their fault. Can’t blame ’em for cashing in on a joyous, family-centered holiday with coeds and unrelenting carnage. It is what it is; just seems sort of a shitty Christmas present/beginning to the new year that we’re already getting the snub. But things’ll be okay: I got The Squid and the Whale, King Kong, and Wet Hot American Summer for Christmas; I’ll be staying home, swaddled, inert, and happy. I’m not gloating, I’m suggesting: Turn a negative into a positive and take the chance to catch up on what you missed from 2006 (turn to page 23 for a few suggestions), or rewatch a few favorites.
Happy, happy New Year — here’s hoping Epic Movie doesn’t ruin it.
— Brian Villalobos
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