Black Christmas is Your holiday horror Movie That Your feminist heart has been aching for
After EW spoke with director Sophia Takal at the end of last year about her Hulu movie New YearNew You, she’d yet to acquire the task of overseeing the newest Blumhouse-produced picture of the horror movie Black Christmas. And Takal and screenwriter April Wolfe’s reworking of this 1974 cult classic will arrive at cinemas Dec. 13. Busy year, was it?
“It has been a crazy, crazy deadline,” Takal states. “There is no opportunity to second-guess anything, which has been sort of a fun adventure. I am so used to making films. But this was brought in March or February of this year with no script or something to me. So it has been far quicker than anything I have ever done.”
Ahead of Black Christmas‘ launch, EW caught up with Takal about creating the film and more.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Could you set up your Dark Christmas a tiny bit for us?
SOPHIA TAKAL: My version of Black Christmas is all about a group of women who are sorority sisters at a school, who begin to disappear one by one. The remaining sisters have to determine why these women are disappearing and who’s accountable for this\. And eventually, as soon as they figure out who the bad man is, they must fight for survival.
The film stars Imogen Poots. Who does she playwith?
Imogen plays a girl named Riley, who is a sexual assault survivor who’s retreated after this experience, \throughout the film sort of gets back her strength and power and learns how to battle and reclaim herself.
Her best friend, played by Aleyse Shannon, is a woman named Kris, who’s a very, very outspoken, ferocious feminist, who I’d say at times verges on pushy and impatient when the other women aren’t as eager to fight back as she’s. Riley and she are the dynamic duo of the movie. The two of them, despite their differences, learn from the each other. I am able to talk about a few boys! Because there are guys in the film. Caleb Eberhardt is a performer who plays Landon, who is a sort of hapless cutie-pie [laughs], for lack of a better phrase, who has a crush on Riley and wishes to be a fantastic man, and is struggling and sorting out exactly what that implies in 2019.
What was the shoot like?
This summer we took in New Zealand, which was intriguing and really fun\. Irushed it has been and ‘ve actually had a wonderful experience making this movie despite how mad\. We had an incredible crew down there, and the actors were all dedicated and on board with what we tried to research. You knowthis movie, though it’s very, very loosely based on Black Christmas, I’d say the plot is extremely different. It’s more inspired by the feeling which Black Christmas made me feel seeing it, this notion of misogyny constantly being out there and never completely eradicable. So that has been the stage for the way I came up with this storyline. I’d compare it to the way Luca Guadagnino remade Suspiria than a straight-ahead remake.
The original Black Christmas feels really modern and modern for the time. Since that time I feel in which the girls have been portrayed as idiots that are bimbo-y as there have been films about sorority sisters. What I love was that was a bunch of girls who, even though there was a conflict and strife — you understand, Margot Kidder was a real spitfire [laughs] — that they were very substantially three-dimensional, powerful female characters. I wanted to make something that reflected our time at this time, from what the original evoked for me personally drawing \rather than \good plot factors\. For me personally, it was all about what exactly does it feel like to be a girl in 2019?
[At] that the beginning of the #MeToo Movement, it seemed like there was a very major reckoning, especially in the film business, but in lots of industries, where successful men were called out for their predatory behavior. And then, in early 2019, I sort of felt, and I know a great deal of women who I know sensed, the creeping rear of these predatory men into positions of power and this feeling of like,”Oh, even when you’ve won the struggle you still need to combat this patriarchal structure.” It were all committed to exploring this feeling seemed like everybody, the men and the girls involved in the film, on screen and off and were interested in producing a film\.
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Would you say that the new Black Christmas being written and directed by girls is evident or tangible in the movie?
I’d say so. I would certainly say so. Yes. I feel as yet another part of why I kind of shifted the way that this version took was because, in 2019, I didn’t only want to create a film about a bunch of girls getting slaughtered. It simply gave me a pit in my stomach. This is not to say that a man might want to see that. I believe because of how it makes me feel when I see that, I felt very much a responsibility not to perpetuate this idea of female characters. I call this movie a film, so that I don’t mind being asked about that.
Would you know what you’re doing next?
I am also interested in locating other genres to work in and shifting a bit from horror, and maybe making films about some men and exploring that, although I aspire to utilize Blumhouse some more. I think some of the greatest films about men are led by womenas a number of the best movies about girls are directed by men. I think of attracting female directors to the fold this movement is not just about girls telling the stories of women, but telling tales about people that are different also, \as men have done for centuries.
This interview was edited for clarity and length.
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