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Ricky Caldwell, the notorious 'Killer Santa Claus', awakens from a six-year coma after being kept alive on life-support by a slightly crazed doctor experimenting with ESP and other special abilities. Ricky targets a young, clairvoyant blind woman, named Laura, whom is traveling with her brother Chris, and his girlfriend Jerri to their grandmother's house for Christmas Eve, and Ricky decides to go after her, leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake.
This was the final film I had to watch to complete Monte Hellman's solo filmography; and no, I've never been one to save the best for last in any circumstance. Hellman calls this one 'a genre pic at odds with its genre' which he only made after his friend Arthur Gorson begged him to, but having rewritten the script it's obvious that Hellman is being more creative with this slasher sequel than would be initially expected. Freudian symbolism forebodes future events and there's a lot wrapped up within the fact that the heroine is a blind girl who's prayed upon by a killer she only sees physically in her dreams. A frighteningly nuanced soundtrack pervades every scary…
I feel like the films in the Silent Night Deadly Night series are often overshadowed by the reputation of the massively over the top second chapter. Each one is pretty outrageous in their own ways, but 2 is a truly unique bird. things start out pretty promising in this third chapter with go to maniac classic actor Bill Moseley playing the Santa killer/hero Ricky. Seems Ricky is in a coma with a metal thing on his head with his brain and some blood splashing around in it and a doctor is using a blind girl (who has ESP) to try and communicate with him and bring him out of his coma. that whole fantastic setup and concept is really the…
Hello Christmas, meet David Lynch.
This is one oddball of a film. In fact, the Silent Night, Deadly Night franchise has got to be the oddest horror series out there. Part 3 is the type of film that will seriously divide people. Most folks straight up hate the movie. Honestly I think it's an underrated masterpiece!
Laura, a blind psychic girl, connects with the comatose body of Ricky Caldwell through experiments performed by an asshole doctor. This causes terrible nightmares for her so she quits. She is then picked up by her brother and gf to spend the holidays with their grandma. Unbeknownst to her, the connection was so strong that it awakens Ricky. The only thing on his mind…
Is it live, or is it Memorex?
The Silent Night films are brought to new levels of ridiculousness. The Santa Claus Killer, Ricky Caldwell, apparently didn't die in the last film as we see that he is in a coma... with a glass dome with electronics attached to it affixed to his head covering his exposed brain. The best part is that Ricky is now played by Bill Moseley!
For the first time in the franchise we get a potential "final girl" with Samantha Scully playing a blind clairvoyant who never really uses her powers except to explain a flimsy connection between her and Ricky. Her acting skills manage to meet what is expected with this franchise so…
WEAK! What's great about the Silent Night, Deadly Nights is the killer Santa, the humorous one liners ("Naughty!", "Garbage Day!") and the kills - Linnea Quigley mounted on the antlers is classic!
Real brilliant idea to make a sequel with zero humor and a mute Bill Moseley running around hitching rides although HIS BRAIN IS EXPOSED and he never even puts on a Santa suit! Lame.
Director Monte Hellman (who also co-wrote the screenplay) doesn't particularly give a shit about this series. So, when tasked (and the question remains: why him of all people?) with crafting the second sequel, he decided to just do his thing.
The result is a surprisingly imaginative psychological thriller, rather than an 80s slasher movie, which manages to stand alone, completely apart from the first two films. It's a bunch of malarkey about a psychic link between a blind girl and a killer with an exposed brain, but that's still more interesting than what you might be expecting from Part 3 of a series about a killer Santa. Monte Hellman is clearly a real filmmaker here, making his own movie, and…
This movie is straight up TERRIBLE. Bill Mosley wears a strainer on his head. He also doesn't talk. Also nothing else happens.
Forgot to log this, it sucks. That is all.
Definitely the best from this original trilogy. Hellman deals with a low-budget and what certainly couldn't have been the best of circumstances in genuinely interesting ways. The opening dream sequence is surreal and unlike anything I've seen from Hellman before while also standing apart from anything this series had done up to this point - channeling A Nightmare on Elmstreet kind of vibe. The final 15-ish minutes are also genuinely disconcerting with a real sense of threat and danger pervading the screen. With both heroine and villain suffering handicaps that only raise the stakes with every passing move. It lacks the unpredictable and gory approach of the original but improves upon the utter trashy and stupid approach of the second. Hellman's approach may not blow anyone away here but what he does is elevate this material beyond it's roots.
Anche questo è brutto e non si ride nemmeno,trasformare Ricky in una sorta di Michael Myers non mi è sembrata sta grande idea.Un mezzo voto in più perchè almeno in questo caso gli attori restano più o meno in parte e non vanno mai oltre come quel pazzo scatenato di Freeman nel 2.
I don't even really know how to classify this. It's not inherently bad and in fact plays with some interesting Freddy-esque psychological trappings. But it's also fairly unexciting and almost completely bereft of suspense.
Also, is there any franchise in history with 3 movies as completely different as these first 3? And why do I suspect that that pattern continues into the next 2?
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I don’t know what else you would be expecting from a title like this. So this is about the psychotic Ricky Caldwell (Bill Mosely) who wakes up from a coma. He’s got murder on the mind, and is hellbent on pursuing a blind woman that he shares a psychic connection with (Samantha Scully). As stated previously, I am very far behind on the number of movies I have to catch up on and write feature length reviews on. The reason behind this is because of my Oscar crunch, which means I have been watching a lot of high quality movies, so when something as…
A dull, watered-down slasher that's almost worth it for the inexplicable cop/doctor road trip and the killer quip "Is it live or is it Memorex?"
To tell the truth I'd probably had enough Silent Night, Deadly Night action for this festive period with the first two, but the intriguing prospect of an eighties franchise horror directed by Monte Hellman sucked me in.
Things start off fairly conventional compared to the mean spirited opening of the original and the piss taking extended recap of the second. I liked the whole dream demon set-up, but very little of interest occurs beyond that. The worst aspect of Better Watch Out! was the decision to turn Ricky into a stumbling, zombie-like monster of science straight out of a fifties sci-fi flick.
To rob the maniacal (and fun) Ricky of Silent Night...2 of his sneer, eye popping fury and vicious tongue was a grievous error indeed.
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