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Silent Night (2012)



Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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A loose remake of the horror classic Silent Night, Deadly Night, Malcolm McDowell and Jaime King star as a small-town sheriff and deputy on the hunt for a murderous Santa Claus terrorizing their community on Christmas Eve. But with the streets full of Santas for the annual Christmas parade, the killer is hiding in plain sight. He's made his list, checked it twice, and the naughty are going to pay with their lives. (c) Anchor Bay


Drama, Horror

Jayson Rothwell

Dec 4, 2012


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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (4)

Apart from some modestly inventive carnage and an undeniably humorous hambone turn by Malcolm McDowell, there's really nothing here to make genre fans dash through the snow (or maneuver through traffic) to megaplexes.

December 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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Fans of nearly nude women being fed into wood chippers will not go home disappointed (except, very likely, in their hollow lives.)

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The movie's intended audience will likely be satisfied by its parade of gory mayhem, cheap thrills and groan-worthy dark humor. Everyone else: You're on your own.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This brisk reimagining of the 1984 slasher "Silent Night, Deadly Night" delivers the seasonal goods with admirable efficiency and not a little wit.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This unimaginative remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night continues the trend of mediocre remakes of '80s era horror films.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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By no means a masterpiece, but it's a damn good time with a great villain who spares no one...

December 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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Santa slasher flick sticks to genre template while Jaime King works overtime to make us care about the person gunning for ol' St. Nick.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
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Steven C. Miller's remake of the nasty 80s original keeps the violence and mayhem but adds both personality and humor with the result being a fun slasher that vastly improves on Silent Night, Deadly Night.

December 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
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This holiday season, horror fans should be sure to unwrap Steven C. Miller's Silent Night for an unexpected holiday treat, even if it's not all mistletoe and sweet candy canes.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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It doesn't betray the legacy of Silent Night, Deadly Night, but it doesn't add anything to it either. Ho-ho-hum.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

This scrappy little remake is somehow more entertaining than half of what passes for "wide release" horror movies.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: FEARnet

Audience Reviews for Silent Night

The remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night is a much darker update of the 1984 controversial classic Slasher film. Although at times the dialogue is a bit cheesy and awkward, the kill sequences are purely nasty and make up for the so-so dialogue. Let's face it, Slasher films are not known for great script writing, but they deliver in great kill scenes, most certainly gives genre fans enough gory kills to satisfy the most demanding genre fans. The original film was quite good for what it was and it was a much underrated film. However by today's standards, it's quite cheesy and it looks dated. With this remake, the filmmakers deliver a gory thrill ride that is one of the better Slasher remakes since My Bloody Valentine 3D. This is only a film for genre fans. Go into this film expecting a mindless splatter film, and that's what you'll get. Like I said, the gore is standout and it more than makes up for the lack of story, which is decent, but the filmmakers could have been reworked because killers in Slasher films usually have a motive for their spree. This Santa doesn't seem to have a motive, and it would have been interesting to develop a more in depth story to the character. I recommend this film for any horror fan looking for a Slasher film with effective kill sequences. Although not a great movie, Silent Night is one of the better films in the genre that has come out lately, and it should at least be seen for its hints of old school Slasher elements. This is a worthy update to the original film, and it is an entertaining film that manages to give horror fans what they want. Although some parts are questionable, there is enough here to enjoy if you're a fan of this genre of horror.
June 2, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This purports not to be a remake of the controversial eighties slasher 'Silent Night, Deadly Night', but it certainly owes that film a large debt. There are scenes which are practically lifted from the older film, such as a girl staked on antlers and a monologue about the dark side of Christmas delivered by a geriatric. The eighties film was fun thanks to it's clever use of black humor but this movie can't decide what tone it's after. For the most part it's played like a straight cop drama and when it does interject humor it fails to raise even a snigger.
The only interesting thing about this non-remake is the fact that it's characters are all named after former players of Leeds United soccer team. I don't think Johnny Giles would approve.
December 10, 2012
The Movie Waffler

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A great Horror flick for the holidays!
December 17, 2012
Jacob Palacio

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The original Silent Night, Deadly Night had a kernel of a genuinely decent psychological horror story that was mostly only cheesy because of its low budget and exploitative leanings. The new semi-remake, Silent Night, is a slickly-produced, higher budgeted film that is trying desperately to be a dumb B-movie slasher, but out of an obvious love of the genre. Which is the better film? Honestly, it's just a matter of taste-- but I think they're both equally entertaining in opposite ways.

Unlike most remakes these days, the new Silent Night film is very much its own animal. It inverts the structure of the original, swapping out the protagonist-killer for a more traditional tale about cops tracking a costumed psycho on a major holiday. You'd think that would make the film a lot more bland and boring-- after all, the unique perspective of the story was one of the most creative elements of Silent Night, Deadly Night-- but director Steven C. Miller manages to bring a wonderfully retro flavor to the film, milking every single cliche for all its worth. (more to come)
December 2, 2012

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    1. Sheriff Cooper: A big mistake, bringing a flamethrower to a gunfight. [set ablaze without firing a single bullet]
    – Submitted by Michael P (20 months ago)
    1. Aubrey Bradimore: He is wearing a Santa suit and a mask.
    2. Sheriff Cooper: Hiding in plain sight.
    – Submitted by Chris P (21 months ago)
    1. Sheriff Cooper: Christmas... The number one holiday for people going nuts.
    – Submitted by Chris P (21 months ago)
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