“Endings Explained” videos aren’t just for deciphering complicated movies; when done right, they become an illuminating retrospective of a film, adding context and identifying nuances that often add to our appreciation for what we’ve experienced. One of the most prominent Ending Explained video producers on YouTube is FoundFlix; they’ve taken a break from dissecting the latest horror blockbusters to look back at a seasonal classic: 1974’s Black Christmas!
Whether you’re already familiar with Black Christmas or not, the film’s influence on the horror landscape has been profound (and the video above explores this enduring legacy as well). If nothing else, Black Christmas will always be historically important as the first Christmas horror movie; it unleashed the torrent of holiday-themed horror movies that continues to this day!
It’s a deep dive, so carve out a good 20 minutes for yourself and settle in for a bit. Fans of slashers, Christmas horror movies, and genre history won’t want to miss it. You can check out the trailer and synopsis for Black Christmas below.
As winter break begins, a group of sorority sisters, including Jess and the often-inebriated Barb, begin to receive anonymous, lascivious phone calls. Initially, Barb eggs the caller on but stops when he responds threateningly. Soon, Barb’s friend Claire goes missing from the sorority house, and a local adolescent girl is murdered, leading the girls to suspect a serial killer is on the loose. But no one realizes just how near the culprit is.
Black Christmas is directed by Bob Clark (who, ironically, also directed the feel-good family classic A Christmas Story in 1983) and stars Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, and Lynne Griffin.