In 1974, director Bob Clark made one of the scariest films ever made. That film was the masterpiece that is BLACK CHRISTMAS. This classic was one of the earlier slasher films, even predating HALLOWEEN. There is no doubt in my mind that BLACK CHRISTMAS is the best slasher film ever made! In a small Canadian town, an all-girls sorority house is having a party on Christmas night. The sorority, Pi Kappa Sig, has a huge house with two regular floors, and a large attic. Outside of the house, a stranger whose face we do not see is prowling, and climbs up a trellis and through a window into the house's attic. In this scene, we are seeing from the stranger's point of view, and the shakiness in the camera when we see from his angle is perhaps to suggest the unsteady state of mind this stranger is in. Meanwhile, the party is still going on downstairs. A bit later, the phone rings, and Jess (Olivia Hussey) answers it. The caller moans and makes some extremely weird sounds, and Jess calls the other girls. The constantly cussing Barb takes the phone, and taunts the caller until he finally say that he is going to kill her, and hangs up. Clare Harrison says that it isn't smart to provoke someone like that, and Barb angers her and she goes up stairs to pack for her meeting and leaving with her father tomorrow. Upstairs, she hears a cat meowing in her closet. She goes to look, and as she gets closer, she realizes that there is a person in their making the noise. Before she can react, the person covers her face with plastic, suffocating her. The scare factor of Clare's death strikes you moreso from the madness you hear in the killer's voice as he suffocates her. You can't help but think is this some sort of monster or something, but no, its just a psycho that has wandered in off the street. He then carries her body up to the attic, where he has some fun with it in a rocking chair. The next day, when she doesn't meet her father, he goes to the sorority house to investigate. And so the story has begun... There are several other characters that I haven't yet mentioned. Peter is Jess's alienated boyfriend who is angry that she is going to abort his and her baby. The cool John Saxon plays police Lieutenant Fuller who is trying to find the killer. Police Seargent Nash is a hilariously funny cop, whose incompetence is a riot. Phyl is another girl in the sorority, and the alchohol drinking Ms. Mac is the sorority house mother. There is also Clare's boyfriend, among other smaller characters. The film is full of gut wrenching suspense, and has immensely foreboding atmosphere out the wazoo. Also, the killer's maniacal phone calls are easily some of the freakiest things I've ever heard! The characters are all portrayed well, and the eerie score fits the film perfectly.This film is definately a classic of the horror genre. It is what horror is all about. The ending is absolutely wonderful, having Jess alone in the house with the psycho, and hiding in the basement. Peter, who she has come to suspect is the killer, breaks into the basement to see what the hell she is doing. In a frenzy, Jess kills Peter just as the cops arrive. Later, Clare's dad goes into shock, and everybody leaves Jess in bed to get him to the hospital. Only a gaurd outside remains. Then we see that the killer is still alive and going about his insane rantings in the attic. We never see his face throughout the whole film, and that makes it all the more scarier. The final shot is of the house, and then we hear the phone ringing, and then the end credits. This film is nothing short of a total masterpiece! It is one of the most perfect horror films I've ever seen. Kudos to Bob Clark for creating such a classic. This is as good as horror gets in my opinion, and anyone who hasn't seen this should immediately!On a scale of 1 to 5, I give this classic a solid 5 easily. This film is truly deserving of its place in my top 5 favorite films of all time!