While Silent Night, Deadly Night is my favorite of the many Christmas themed horror movies, it is hands down the original Black Christmas that is the best. Simply put, Black Christmas is the Halloween (the movie) of the Christmas season, and in fact Black Christmas actually predates Carpenter's film by a few years, which is something it never quite gets enough credit for. In my opinion, Black Christmas is as good as, if not better than Halloween, and it's kind of a bummer that Halloween is the film that gets all the credit for being the first and best slasher film. Actually, ya know what. I do prefer Black Christmas over Halloween. There, I said it!
Ambassador Film Distributors released Black Christmas in Canada in October of 1974, and the film was then picked up for US distribution by Warner Brothers, right before Christmas. Worried that the title of the film would cause confusion with audiences, who perhaps might think it a blacksploitation flick, Warner Bros. changed the title of the film not once but twice, releasing it under the titles Stranger In The House and Silent Night, Evil Night. Ya know, because Americans are dumb, and movies coming from other countries into America have to undergo title changes, for the simple minded American audiences. Happens all too often, and unfortunately still to this day.
Anyway, I did some digging and I was able to find a very old trailer for Black Christmas, where it was marketed under the title Silent Night, Evil Night. Thought it was pretty cool, and I hope you do too!
Thankfully, Warner Brothers eventually changed the movie's title back to Black Christmas. And all was right with the world!
I've yet to find any marketing materials where the movie was titled Stranger In The House, so if anyone ever comes across any, please do send them my way. I'm talking posters, trailers or anything of the sort!