Watch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Movie free Imogen Poots’s wide, yearning eyes are one of the greatest weapons in Black Christmas, a loose remake of the 1974 Canadian slasher classic. As they dart across rooms carpeted in blood, suspense ratchets up higher. In other moments, their warm gaze communicates a world of history shared between sorority sisters. Poots’s gaze anchors the film with a fluid energy that speaks to the ways women struggle to heal, in this case in the wake of sexual assault.
Poots plays Riley, a college student haunted by past abuse at the hands of a graduated frat boy, Brian (Ryan McIntyre). Years after her rape, which too few people believe happened, Riley refuses to remain silent. Alongside her sorority sisters, she performs a holiday-tinged callout of Brian and his ilk, for whom consent is still not a barrier when it comes to getting their way on campus. Around the same time, fellow MKE sister Kris (an incandescent Aleyse Shannon) circulates a petition to remove a statue of the university’s notoriously misogynist founder, much to the chagrin of Professor Gelson (Cary Elwes), who quotes Camille Paglia screeds and favors the work of white male authors above all else. As holiday break approaches, Hawthorne College feels like a powder keg, particularly when sorority members start mysteriously disappearing.
Director Sophia Takal and co-writer April Wolfe are behind the reboot of a cult classic, which in two previous iterations also featured sorority sisters, albeit in much different collegiate environments. Takal and Wolfe distinguish their film with an in-your-face fury aimed at contemporary campus culture’s negligent approach to sexual assault and the ways in which women are forced to deal in its aftermath. If the righteous retelling ever feels heavy-handed, it’s Poots’s command of her role and the cast’s electric chemistry that make this a reckoning fit for our fantasies.