***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
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.
Part of Hoop-Tober
“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…
The Consequences of Teenage Sex
2. Unwanted Pregnancy
3. Santa Claus murdering the shit out of you.
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.
This is a great summer movie. My favorite part is the sledding scene and the part where a little kid shoves a grown man Santa over. Bonus points for awesome box art.
The moment he hands the little girl a bloody boxcutter because she's been good all year - while her "naughty" sister/babysitter hangs naked from the wall just offscreen - is the moment this movie instantly became one of my all-time favorite slasher films.
Oddly enough this movie was on in the middle of May late at night on Showtime Beyond so even though I have seen this a few times before I decided to watch it again so that I could talk about it here on Letterboxd.
I do understand why at the time this was highly controversial, due to it being about a mass killer being dressed as Santa Claus, then there's the film itself and the number of moments of questionable-at best-taste that are presented. However, despite that and there being some real hammy acting here this is a movie I've always enjoyed.
While the killer is a disturbed 18 year old man who snaps while wearing a Santa Claus outfit…
This is my favorite movie in my favorite niche subgenre (Christmas horror), which should rank it up there with one of my all-time favorite movies. While I wouldn't go that far, I will say that I consistently find this to be an enjoyably terrible movie. Everything about this movie is just wrong. You can see that everyone technically did their job, but there was no way that this movie was going to turn about any better than it did. The acting is all endearingly terrible, the sets are gorgeously nostalgic, but the story is mind-boggling stupid. Still, everything about this movie (from the home brew Christmas songs to the awful drop in quality that occurs every time a violent scene happens as a result of lost negatives years ago) charms me and I can't help but love it for what it is.
Well, that rscalated quickly!
"'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse"
Campy and entertaining Christmas themed slasher film: think Jason Voorhees dressed as Santa Claus.
Hilarious acting and violence is a given for a film of this velocity of campiness.
This slasher film curiously feels as though it really wanted to be something else, but the slashing part got in its way. That middle section runs on automatic, but the introduction sequences and the ending actually show some dramatic style and anti-moralistic and anti-authoritarian bite, maybe even satirizing that period's slasher film trend of using serial murder as a covert way of punishing teens for being horny. "There is no Santa!" Heh. Fucking nun...
Boy sees parents killed by a guy dressed up as Santa.
He's brought up in an orphanage run by nuns. He has a problem in that whenever he sees Santa, he goes totally crazy!
Well meaning nun tries to integrate him back into society by getting him a job in a toy shop at Christmas.
What could possibly go wrong.
Still, could have been worse - he was only let loose on the worlds smallest and most boring Christmas works party.
It may only be 3 stars, but Silent Night, Deadly Night is up there with some of the best slashers I've seen. It is a horror sub-genre I'm not a huge fan of, so when something like Silent Night impresses me, it is generally because it does something truly unexpected. And it does. It is a really original slasher, and one that neither skirts away from the scares and the fun that can make slashers enjoyable. It finds a neat balancing act of trying to be something more than a horror, whilst also delivering what we expect. It is not altogether perfect, but it is interesting, well-made and a blast to sit through.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
If there is any…
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of slasher films, and here I've tried to compile a list of…