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.
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.
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.…
Super fun holidays at the New Beverly grindhouse with a truly sordid Christmas horror flick; that opening alone...
Silent Night, Deadly Night is not a film. In it's opening few minutes it became apparent to me that I was witnessing a truly transcendent piece of cinema. SNDN holds a mirror to the viewer's soul and asks them - 'have you been naughty, or have you been nice?'. Now the question that is really being asked is one of morality and the ever shifting line that defines the admittedly loose concept.
Now at first glance I know many of you are thinking - but wait this is just a 80's slasher pic featuring a deranged axe wielding Santa. How naïve you are, but don't fret because in just a few short paragraphs I am going to show you the…
"Silent Night, Deadly Night" is one of the cheesiest 80's slasher films I've ever seen. I love it! I love watching these type of horror movies because they make me appreciate the good ones. There were a few moments that I kind of liked, but think most people will hate it. If love watching these types of movies then you'll probably love it. It is what is.
As an 80's slasher film with cliché moments that you come to expect: 10/10 (A+).
As an overall movie: 5.5/10 (C).
One of those cheesy 80's horror movie that you know is stupid but you still kind of like. But you probably would think it's so awesome back then..lol.
Un ottimo inizio con la visita al nonno inquietante e il massacro dei propri genitori da parte di un Babbo Natale rap(e)inatore portano il povero Billy (con il fratellino) ad odiare la figura pacioccosa e le suore dell'orfanotrofio dove viene spedito e maltrattato.Una volta compiuti i 18 anni va a lavorare in un negozio di giocattoli dove una volta indossato l'abito di Babbo Natale inizia gradualmente a perdere la testa cercando anche vendetta contro la madre superiora.
Slasher interessante che sfrutta bene il fattore Bad Santa e il fattore Linnea Quigley che ci regala sempre gioie.Punto in più per il fatto di mostrare le suore non così perfettine e buone come si crede o si credeva nel 1984.
Oh, sweet mother of mercy, did I have a blast with this film.
This is one of those movies that's been on my radar for a LONG time: cruising through IMDb and Wikipedia, skimming the synopses of films my family would NEVER let me see. Then this unholy bastard popped up. Killer Santa Claus, Christmas horror movie, rioting parents. It sounded so...unreal.
And yet, it is real. I have the 30th anniversary Blu-Ray to prove it.
For any fan of slasher movies that hasn't seen this film, get on that shit. This is actually a damn good time. While it's certainly no horror masterpiece (in fact it's incredibly corny and fairly routine). it's no where near as abhorrent as critics (and my expectations) painted it to be. Memorable quotes and characters, plenty of tits and gore, and all of it framed by a holly jolly setting.
Seriously. This movie rocks my Christmas stockings.
'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.
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