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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.
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.…
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.
Well, it's that time of the year again, folks: time for killer Santa movies.
Silent Night, Deadly Night has needless flashbacks, rough exposition, horrible pacing, unintentional humor/ridiculous scenes (the sled scene), moments you could only describe as "strange" (such as the work montage), and what was up with that slow bottom-up pan upon the introduction of the oldest incarnation of Billy? I swear, I haven't witnessed that much sexual tension since a guy and me both reached for the same DVD of Mean Girls at Target. Most characters seem to be introduced in the same scene in which they are offed, and this movie's body count seems to be higher than its IQ, and by '80s slasher standards, the body count is already pretty slim. And the ending sucks.
So, like, needless to say, I love it.
'Silent Night, Deadly Night' is an interesting film, in that it sparked a lot of controversy at the time because of its portrayal of a psychologically challenged Catholic boy, raised in a nunnery, who as an adult attacks Christmas - quite literally - dressed as a department store Santa. It's far from a realistic, or even a well-thought out film, but the concept of 'Santa goes bad' is a good one, and has been repeated in other, more recent films.
A holiday theme makes a great setting for horror, especially with snow as a backdrop. The wildly ridiculous kills can be so 'out there', but entertaining to watch: a rapist in the stockroom, quite literally in the middle of the…
A surprisingly dark slasher with a wonky execution, but it's bizarre fun from start to finish.
I'm going to fight mother superior
Dear Lord, this movie is great. The kills, the overacting, the over-the-top... everything. Haha. I love it all. I always look forward to watching this one every Christmas season.
that bit when 8 year old billy decks santa was an outstanding moment in cinema history
Never been one for the so-bad-it’s-good crowd so I was pleased to see that this isn’t necessarily working in that mode. It’s completely cognizant of everything it’s doing, predating some of the odd variety that could serve as the basis for something like Too Many Cooks (i.e. that montage). Emphasis on psychology took me for a turn considering they could have put Billy in the Santa suit much earlier but wanted to stress in particular the religiosity of Christmas time as a compound driving force to his madness. Rarely has a psycho killer gotten so much detailed motivation, which clearly hurts the scare factor (knowing less is better obviously) but augments the humor of “punishment.” Ultimately not enough meet on…
It took a few viewings, but I can safely say that I'm now a fan of this seasonal slasher. The trauma of a horrific event witnessed as a child, sends a young man on a murderous rampage based on a foolish attitude instilled into him by irresponsible individuals of authority. Despite a variety of bad performances and regular moments of cheese, there is a underlying cruelty to this story that proves far more disturbing that heinous acts committed by the unhinged lead; leaving viewers with the message that children are not to blame for the suffering they endure. Genre fans are likely get a kick out of what's on offer, despite the flaws.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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