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Twitter Reacts to 'Black Christmas' Remake's PG-13 Rating, Screenwriter April Wolfe Responds

By Kristy Puchko | Film | November 14, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | November 14, 2019 |


This holiday season, slashers and sleighbells return with Black Christmas, a remake of the 1974 cult classic of the same name. Buzz has been brewing on this tempting tale of terror in no small part because of the talent behind it. Imogen Poots, who slayed us with Green Room, co-stars with Brittany O’Grady, Lily Donoghue, and Aleyse Shannon. Sophia Takal, who wowed us with Always Shine and Into The Dark: New Year, New You, helms. Plus, she co-wrote the screenplay with April Wolfe, host of the sensational podcast Scissor Sisters, on which she interviews female filmmakers about the genre movies they love. These women know good horror. With this remake, they seem to be taking a tale of sorority sisters stalked by a seasonal slasher to enticingly new setups. However, news the film will be rated PG-13 has some of Horror Twitter bugging out.

Here are some of the negative reactions to this announcement.

You get the idea. The fear here is that a PG-13 movie will mean Blumhouse is trading terror to broaden their demographic. But there were horror lovers, including filmmakers and film critics, who were far more hopeful.

Naturally, there was pushback, some of which was hilarious, like the exchange below.

Some of which sparked hilarious rejoinders.

A second wave of Black Christmas headlines surged when screenwriter Wolfe explained the thought process behind making the film PG-13.

Because of these tweets, Wolfe’s mentions now contain hostile and condescending retorts, but also a lot of support from horror lovers excited to see a film that invites teen girls into this space. That support extended beyond the replies.

But back to Wolfe, Black Christmas is just the latest in her continued mission to share her love of horror, especially with those who feel like cultural gatekeepers are trying to bar them from its pleasures.

Black Christmas hits theaters on December 13. Check out the trailer below.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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