Movies that are slightly off.
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.…
Silent Night, Deadly Night has a wonderful and unique first act, a strange mix of black humor and a more serious tone than most mid-'80s slasher films. Its chilling original Christmas songs are used to great effect in combination with the absurd holiday violence onscreen. The main story of the psychological breakdown of a scarred young man is genuinely interesting and provides a lot of room for super cool stuff to be done in a horror movie. Unfortunately, once the real horror parts start kicking in the film's wit goes out the window. It stops being funny, or really even interesting, and becomes just a regular dead teenager movie. It still has a few inspired moments but I was really disappointed to see it lose its momentum like that. The ending works, though, so it's tied up nicely.
Classic Christmas horror film, with a boy who is traumatized as a child growing up to be a disturbed and violent adult with a hate for Christmas and Santa Claus.
A movie I watch every year on Christmas.
Though the 1984 holiday horror Silent Night, Deadly Night had an interesting concept and moments of greatness, the poor execution resulted in the movie's falling flat.
The pacing in this movie was killed the vibe. The origin story was interesting, but spending nearly half on the movie on Billy at different ages watching people getting raped by Santas was a bit overkill. I don't see what the point was in trying to make some complex characterization and background for what turned out to be a generic killer. If anything, the complex background made the second half's Santa slaughterer unconvincing due to Billy's rushed transition from straight-edge do gooder shop boy into a box cutter wielding maniac.
The rape and sex…
A classic to many fans of horror and independent cinema, Silent Night Deadly Night definitely wins the award for having the most gorgeous, super nice, hunk of a killer ever on screen!
I mean, if this guy came at me with an axe, I wouldn't be running...
Robert Brian Wilson, who went on to star in many US soaps, just has you hooked as the beautiful, gentle killer with his W shaped smile that has such good reason to be the way he is, you can't help feel sorry for him.
Adding to the tragedy of what he witnessed as a young boy when a guy dressed as Santa killed his parents, comes an evil nun bitch who just makes…
Silent Night, Deadly Night was probably the most hated horror film ever made. It is as controversial as Cannibal Holocaust and I Spit On Your Grave. Each for their own reason but all controversial nonetheless. I remember advertising for this film on TV and remembering my father laughing and my mother saying "That's sick!" She wasn't the only one. Mothers across the country were in arms and if you own the Blu-ray, you can see some of the hate mail Charles Sellier Jr. received. All I can say is thank you Charles. For riling up the boring masses and producing a below average horror feature that is above average in content. I like this film. It is in no way…
Anchor Bay has released the "30th Anniversary Edition" of Silent Night, Deadly Night on Blu-ray...and what a thing of beauty it is!
For those of you who aren't in the know, Silent Night, Deadly Night proved to be quite controversial when it was unleashed into theaters in 1984. In fact, the promotional materials caused just as much of an uproar as the actual movie did. You see, the poster features a particularly sinister image of Santa creeping down a chimney with an ax in hand. As a result, parents around the world pitched a fit, claiming that Hollywood had forever ruined the innocence of Christmas for their children and for future generations. Mickey Rooney went on record saying that the…
Silly and inconsequential. The beginning plays with interesting ideas of mental degradation and myth deconstruction and horror but all of that pretty much goes out the window once the film decides it needs to become a slasher.
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