FIRST LOOK: Black Christmas (2019)

Can a horror movie be scary that is rated PG-13?

It’s a question I haven’t ever pondered until now. I find some of the most frightening horror not to be a bunch of blood and gore, but the quiet horror, the stuff off scene and understated. So, yes, those components will not require a R-rated.

We’ll find out this weekend when the second reboot/retelling of the original 1974 classic Black Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ opens in theaters.

Syfy caught up with director Sophia Takal on what she is trying to do with this film:

“I really wanted to make a movie where the violence towards women didn’t feel exploitative or gratuitous, so from the start it was really important to me, like the original Black Christmas, to make a movie where the kills were more artful and more happened off-screen than on,” explained Takal of the film’s PG-13 rating.

Why is Black Christmas rated PG-13 instead of R?

Kudos to Sophia Takal for being the first woman to direct a horror film for Blumhouse. It seems odd to be saying this in 2019. Hopefully, someday about half of all films will be directed by women and half by men, as that is about the distribution of human life on this earth. Now, whether or not enough women will get into the profession — or want to get into the profession — is a whole other subject, but hey, it’s nice to see the ice getting broken at one studio.

Black Christmas (2019) opens in theaters Friday the 13th, December.

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