The Count's Verdict: I rented this micro-budget horror film off PSN mistaking it for the similarly titled Jake Helgrin scripted 80s slasher homage BLOODY HOMECOMING. Oh what a fool I was, SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT: THE HOMECOMING is shockingly amateurish and inept on every level, including providing the year's worst score, script, acting, editing, cinematography, effects et at. Apparently a remake of public domain cult film SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT this awful film is not even 'so bad it's good' fodder. Avoid like the plague.
Note to self: Still haven't watched the additional 'bonus disc' of extended interviews. Rating may change when I have.
First real disappointment from Director Ben Wheatley for me. The film felt incredibly restricted by its low-budget, single location setting, failing utterly to create an authentic period atmosphere. In fact, it took an awfully long time for me to dispel a sense that this was some sort of comedy sketch or amateur art film shot by a bunch of mates in historical reenactment clothing.
Amy Jump's script delivered a few funny lines but felt incredibly wordy without saying virtually anything…
Having been terrorised by the long running and rightly celebrated stage adaptation of Susan Hill's classic ghost story novel 'The Woman In Black', I'd long had my eye on the reborn Hammer film version.
The casting of speccy Potter - Daniel Radcliffe - in the lead tempered my enthusiasm somewhat as did the decision to go with a 12A rating. However, Watkins film manages to overcome my irrational prejudices, particularly at the start where good use is made of both…