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Silent Night, Deadly Night
You've made it through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas.
Little Billy witnesses his parents being brutally murdered by Santa. When, years later, he has to fill in for an absent in-store Santa Claus, his traumas materialise once again.
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“Punishment is absolute. Punishment is necessary. Punishment is good.”
Like many Caucasian babies, I was born with blue eyes. Also like many Caucasian babies, I had blonde hair (once I stopped sporting the Daddy Warbucks). Not ultra-white, Village of the Damned blonde, but more of a sandy, Larry-Wilcox-from-CHiPs blonde. (I like to keep my pop cultural references current.) As I aged, my eyes and hair darkened—a very common experience. My hair deepened into a medium brown, and my eyes settled upon a weird shade that I usually call “hazel” but is actually more like the speckled multicolor you might find in some countertops, such that my eyes sometimes appear to change color depending upon what I’m wearing.…
The classic Christmas tale of a young boy who watches his parents brutally murdered by a drifter in a Santa Claus outfit, before growing up himself to become a killer in a Santa Claus outfit, massacring the denizens of a toy store and the local town with an axe, proclaiming them all to be "naughty". You know the story. Hilariously picketed and protested upon it's release, it's hard to know whether the makers of Silent Night, Deadly Night are in on the joke, or whether this is meant to be deadly serious. Either way, it's very funny. Woman gets impaled on the horns of a mounted deer head? Check. Man gets decapitated while riding a sledge? Check. Cheesy montage? Check. Tits galore? Check. Gory holiday fun? Check.
Like a little kid desperately writing Santa every day in December in the hopes of getting the perfect present, Silent Night, Deadly Night, really, REALLY wants to be Halloween for Christmas (ironically Halloween itself was Black Christmas for Halloween). Unfortunately, Silent Night must have been quite naughty, because it didn't get its wish and is instead just a run-of-the-mill slasher flick set during the holiday season.
The film opens as young Billy and his family are driving to visit his grandfather on Christmas Eve. Things don't go well and soon they run afoul of a murderous crook, who butchers Billy's family before his eyes. Cut to years later and poor Billy is still suffering the psychological effects of that night.…
Being declared naughty in Silent Night, Deadly Night doesn’t mean that you are in for an enjoyable night of spankings. The most likely result is having a cutting knife turned sideways and stuffed right up your turkey (take this however you’d like). That isn’t going to make for appetizing stuffing once the turkey is sliced open, but presenting a traditional Christmas dinner to his guests is not the goal of Billy Chapman’s Christmas season. With that said, I feel bad for any of his guests. They won’t be breathing.
Charles Sellier and Michael Hickey’s controversial slasher does not paint one of the happiest times of the year as happy. It highlights the miserable life of a boy who watched his…
The infamous Silent Night, Deadly Night; I've wanted to see this film for a very long time.
I always find it fascinating to watch movies that cause some sort of uproar among the public. I find the uproar against this film more hilarious than usual. It really is just absurd that people, including Mickey Rooney, got so pissed off because the killer is dressed as Santa Claus. It's not like the film purports that the killer actually is Santa or anything. It's also not like the idea had never been done before.
Ridiculous backlash aside: the film itself is quite the mixed bag.
The majority of the film, as typical with the slasher genre, spends most of the runtime building…
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I was genuinely surprised at how entertaining this film was. The story was ludicrous in the best possible way, the kills were good, and the villain looked like he was creaming his pants every time he had a flash-back (it couldn't be a coincidence that those flashbacks occurred after watching people have sex). I can't wait to see it all again in the sequel, which apparently contains over 30 minutes of flashbacks to this film.
Classic sleazy slasher that brings all of the crucial elements with some Christmas tinsel on top. A young kid grows up to be fifteen flavors of crazy after he sees his parents murdered by a crook in a Santa suit and is then put in a Catholic orphanage run by one of the nastiest nuns in film history. Eventually, he gets a job in a toy store and is one straight arrow until he's recruited to dress up as Santa for a night. That pushes him over the edge, due to his pathological fear of Santa Claus. Swinging axes, spraying blood, and rolling heads follow. You know the drill. Linnea Quigley shows up somewhere in there to get topless and…
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This was of much higher quality than I thought it would be. It's silly and dumb and weird but really fun. It's essentially Halloween on Christmas and just as much fun as that sounds. Well worthwhile movie.
In 1984, film critics Siskel & Ebert vilified "Silent Night, Deadly Night". A scant 30 years later I watched it. Young Billy witnessed his Dad shot & Mom sexually assaulted and murdered by a guy dressed as Santa on New Years Eve. Fast forward to a young adult Billy being strong armed to play Santa. He does not handle this well.
I watched Siskel & Ebert when they started on channel 11 in Chicago. Looking back, I do not see them very fondly. Media whores who knew they could get some pub by slamming slasher movies. Siskel even went as far to tell people where Betsy Palmer of Friday The 13th lived. What an asshole! That said, it's not a great movie.
The beginning showing young Billy traumatized was quite horrific. Then there is a long period of nothing. The only half way good kill was Linnea Quigley hoisted onto deer antlers. Not a horrible slasher just not that special.
Da li ste bili dobri cele godine? NE! SOOOOOOOOK....
Ovo je jedan od filmova na koji su roditelji reagovali i koji je postavio rejting sisteme tamo gde im je mesto.
Prica krece tako sto klinac s roditeljima ide da poseti svog dedu koji je malo izlapeo i istraumira dete da mora da se plasi deda mraza, potom neki krimos koji pljacka sve zivo u deda mrazovom odelu zaustavi auto roditelja pobije oboje a klinac sve to isprati kroz zbunje i kako znamo to sve utice na malu decu i ostavlja traume.
Kljucna scena je nabijanje Lineje na glavu jelena, i odsecanje glave jednom mamlazu koji je oteo nekim klincima sanke i spustio se samo da bi zavrsio obezglavljen.
Preporuka za decu najvise, ako vas dete pita ko je deda mraz i sta radi vi mu pustite ovaj film i lepo ga ususkajte.
Haciendo lo posible por ponerme al corriente con Cinema Horrorama. Así que solo unas breves notas:
- Disfrute que Silent Night, Deadly Night hace más cosas interesantes con su tema navideño que Black Christmas, que honestamente pudo suceder en cualquier época del año.
- Me queda clarísimo que Thanksgiving, el trailer falso de Eli Roth para Grindhouse, salió de aquí.
- Me descubro fan de los slashers tipo Maniac, donde el asesino es el protagonista. Silent Night, Deadly Night está ahí.
- Concuerdo con el resto del cineclub con que el inicio es particularmente espectacular. Pero creo que el resto de la película está bastante bien. Mucha mala leche en general que se agradece.
This is definitely is a by the books 80's slasher, but that said, i had a lot of fun with it. some great kills and more than a few pairs of fine breasts to slate any horror fan.
A boy witnesses his parents murdered on Christmas Eve by a man dressed as Santa and is sent to an orphanage where he is bullied by the head nun. Eventually he grows up and becomes a toy store Santa and when those his childhood memories come flooding back, he goes on a killing spree.
Silent Night, Deadly Night is a violent, nasty piece of holiday fare that works pretty well overall. It's cheap, and the acting by an no-name cast, is pretty amateurish, but there are some creative moments. There's hardly a person who survives and those who do are thoroughly scarred by it, which is addressed in the far worse sequel. Based solely on the story this film is…
Concuerdo con la mayoría de los comentarios del Cinema Horrorama. El inicio es muy bueno y es un gran acierto el crear al personaje desde chiquito mostrando sus momentos de terror con escenas efectivas antes de llevarlo a matar por su parte. También concuerdo en que la película se cae cuando el niño crece.
Sin embargo yo sí encontré amor para dos escenas de asesinatos que ocurren a la mitad de la película. Lo acepto, están fallidas, pero son momentos que me parecieron graciosos. Me refiero a las dos escenas que arman por completo separadas del asesino sólo para mostrarlo matando en un par de cuadros mientras se escucha su grito -naughty!-. Los chicos en el trineo y el policía…
Realmente se me hizo una historia escalofriante, con un personaje principal bastante bien construido por un terrible pasado, un abuelo aterrador, una pesada niñez en un orfanato donde le practicaban terapia de choque, en fin, que más podía pasar que en algún momento se saliera de control, y justo en ese momento es cuando Billy no es el único en perderse ahí en la matanza es cuando la historia se cae entre policías y vecinos buscando a santa. De cualquier forma vale la pena por esa primera parte, y por supuesto verla en navidad es lo mejor, no verás igual a los Santas de las tiendas departamentales.
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