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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.…
I love slasher films, even trashy ones.
After Billy (Robert Brian Wilson) witnesses the murder of his parents by a man dressed as Santa Clause he is sent to live in an orphanage. Things go from bad to worse as his childhood trauma is made worse by well- meaning nuns until he manages to get a job in a toy store. Considering Billy is a boy with a deathly fear of all things Christmas you would have thought he’d have chosen a different career path- but whatever you think is best, Billy.
His fear reaches it’s climax when he has to dress up as Santa for the toy store (as if we didn’t all see this coming Billy, you idiot).…
You scared, ain't ya? You should be! Christmas Eve is the scariest damn night of the year!
Film starts off as some fun sleazy exploitation as we witness how little Billy grows up to eventually become an axe murderer through a series of unfortunate events that of course involves the murder of his parents, but the icing on the cake has to be being sent off to a Catholic orphanage. That last part is just pure evil.
So we start off with a great origin for the killer, but a good slasher film also needs a likeable teenage cast to be terrorized or some approximation of someone to either route for or at the very least worry about. Here…
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.
I don't know, I liked this movie way more than I should have.
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.…
A very controversial film during the time of its short lived theatrical release(since the nation's tone at the time was strongly as full of Ronald Reagan era conservatives as it was of more liberal heavy metalheads,new wavers,flamboyant wrestlers,tabloid talk show hosts[and hostesses],and rappers),SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT is one of the 80s much more darker and melancholy films,ala MANIAC(1980) and NIGHTMARE(1981) as it depicts the sad upbringing of young Billy as he witnesses the brutal murders of his parents by a roadside lunatic(Charle Dierkop[THE HOT BOX,ANGELS HARD AS THEY COME) in a Santa Claus suit,as well as endures the equally brutal childhood spent in the Catholic orphanage that is managed by the insensitive Mother Superior(Lilyan Chauvin[PREDATOR 2,WALK LIKE A DRAGON]). Once…
This was just a bad movie. I found myself bored the whole time just waiting for it to be over. The only decent thing that came from it was a couple of the kills.
Now I understand why this is a cult classic. This is the definition of the word triggered.
A festive slasher which abuses cheesy 80's zooming.
This movie was only in theatres for about a week before it was taken out due to protesting. It opened up the same weekend as A Nightmare on Elm Street and actually outgrossed it! Who knows how well it would have done if it had stayed in theaters. This movie is very generic and has all slasher traits like profanity, sex, nudity and gore. Still a vey fun Christmas slasher that you should check out!
Half star bonus for 80s toys and wood-paneled living rooms
A very mean spirted slasher
There isn't really one character to root for in this flim , which i think it should have epspecially that you're going to use santa as a killer. I give them credit for making the killer sympathetic because after what happend to his parents and then growing up in the orphanage . But overall the movie script and characters are mess because the only character you get to know is billy and he ends up the killer . It does have a interesting premise but just mainly played it way too sick for something that kids look up too.
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Silent Night, Deadly Night has a certain charm and a surprising number of creative moments (aka deaths), considering it is, at times, a clunky retread of Halloween, without any of the mystery or calculated directing -- though there are moments of self-awareness and parody.
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