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Black Christmas & When a Stranger Calls

When: Fri., Dec. 20, 7 p.m. 2013

Christmas-themed scary movies are a rarity (the so-bad-it's-still-bad Silent Night, Deadly Night movies come to mind), but a really decent holiday horror movie is a tougher find. Thankfully, the Carolina is screening a double bill that features Black Christmas, the satisfyingly creepy 1974 slasher flick (directed by Bob Clark, who would go on to direct the more lovable, less gruesome yuletide classic A Christmas Story) about a group of sorority sisters (Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder and a pre-SCTV Andrea Martin, among them) who are stalked by a psychopath hiding in their house. This is followed by 1979's When a Stranger Calls, yet another thriller about a killer who is lurking inside someone's crib, terrorizing the poor, unsuspecting young ones inside. Both of these films were inspired by the notorious "The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs" urban legend that circulated in the 1960s; they both spawned hideous remakes that came out in 2006. However, the Black Christmas remake did have the fetching Rocky Mount native Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the cast. So that's a bonus. —Craig D. Lindsey

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