Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Fangoria Presents unwraps Charles E Sallier Jr.'s 1984 holiday cult horror classic SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, in theaters this December! SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT tells the tale of Billy Chapmen, orphaned at five after witnessing the murder of his parents at the hands of a Santa suit-clad madman on Christmas Eve. Now eighteen and out of the brutal grip of orphanage nuns, Billy is forced to confront his greatest fear, sending him on a rampage, leaving a crimson trail in the snow behind him. Fangoria Presents, in conjunction with Screenvision, delivers this seasonal slasher essential in a stunning new HD transfer for the ultimate experience in ho-ho-horror! … More
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Critic Reviews for Silent Night, Deadly Night
At least one of the better slasher films made in the States in the mid-'80s, though the degree to which that's an actual compliment is debatable.
a brutal reminder that Christmas can have negative connotations for some
Among the dozen or so victims of Santa's slay ride is a man who's choked to death with a string of Christmas lights and a young woman who's impaled--topless, of course--on a pair of moose antlers.
Not only is the movie vile and callous, but also it's pretty darn stupid.
As slasher films go, this is about average. The sets are cheap, with most of the budget seemingly going to the gore effects.
Audience Reviews for Silent Night, Deadly Night
Considering that there have been far worst films since its release in 1984. I understand why this film may have gotten such flack, but this isn't the only Christmas themed horror film. Black Christmas came out in 1974, and although it didn't include a killer Santa, it still had a killer killing people during the Christmas period. Personally I don't see what all the fuss is about. There are far more violent films out there in the genre and they're lauded and acclaimed as reinventing the genre. As a whole, Silent Night, Deadly Night is no different than any other Slasher film. Aside from the Christmas theme, there's nothing truly different. This is a fun cheesy good time where you see an evil Santa kill off people. I always hated Santa Claus, so using his costume for the killer didn't offend me. Like I said, I understand why the film got vilified, but if you think about it very carefully, it's a pretty silly premise for a Slasher film, and it's not one to take seriously whatsoever. This will surely appeal to fans of the genre, and along with Black Christmas remains a classic of the genre. This film is also a reminder that mainstream critics should take a chill pill and realize that these films aren't meant for them. By today's standards it's hard to believe that this was ever controversial. Considering the Saw franchise and Hostel trilogy, Silent Night, Deadly Night is a fairly tame film.More
Hard to see what all the fuss was about by todays standards but suppose it was a bit shocking for '84. The film does look really dated now and is just unintentionally funny rather than scary or gruesome. A very poor film with cheap effects, bad acting and little plot. The good things are the typical 80's slasher feel to it, a few inventive kills and plenty of nudity. Hard to think it got 4 sequels!More
I can't say that I could heartily recommend Silent Night, Deadly Night to your average horror fan. The first half of the movie shows how the killer got to be the killer, and it's not all that interesting. The movie doesn't really start being fun until he goes on his murderous rampage. Thankfully the print that I saw had all of the gore footage cut back into it, which makes it far more interesting. If it hadn't been there, it probably would've been a little boring. Everything from an ax, a hammer, a set of christmas lights, a bow and arrow, and even a set of antlers from a deer head wall mount get put to use during this spree. It's also funny hearing him before the kill when he screams "PUNISH!" I suppose if you like origin stories/holiday murder sprees then you might find some pleasure in it, even if it is cheap and mundane.More
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