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Black Christmas

Released 1974
Distributor Warner Bros.

“If this movie doesn’t make your skin crawl…it’s on too tight!” Bob Clark’s Canadian precursor to Halloween (also released as Silent Night, Evil Night) has become comparatively obscure but rates as one of the most influential of “slasher” movies. Surprisingly,it was not a boxoffice hit, and played on cable tv under the title Stranger in the House.

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About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.