Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

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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. … More

Rating: R
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Hickey, Paul Caimi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 7, 2003
Runtime:
TriStar Pictures

Cast


as Billy at 18

as Mother Superior

as Sister Margaret

as Pamela

as Mr. Sims

as Mrs. Randall

as Capt. Richards

as Billy at 8

as Tommy

as Grandpa

as Mother/Ellie

as Father/Jim

as Billy at 5

as Levitt

as Billy at 5

as Sister Ellen

as Dr. Conway
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Critic Reviews for Silent Night, Deadly Night

All Critics (12)

It had its moment and then vanished, like all garbage does.

Full Review… | November 11, 2014
Mania.com

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.

Full Review… | December 25, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

a brutal reminder that Christmas can have negative connotations for some

Full Review… | December 1, 2009
Old School Reviews

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.

Full Review… | August 21, 2009

killer santa

March 11, 2008

Not only is the movie vile and callous, but also it's pretty darn stupid.

Full Review… | December 20, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Silent Night, Deadly Night

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Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

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½

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!

Deano78
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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