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Silent Night (2012)



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Movie Info

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 Baymore
Rating: R (for bloody violence, some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jayson Rothwell, William Hill
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 4, 2012
Box Office: $9.7k
Anchor Bay Films - Official Site


Malcolm McDowell
as Sheriff Cooper
Jaime King
as Aubrey Bradimore
Donal Logue
as Santa Jim
Brendan Fehr
as Deputy Jordan
Lisa Marie
as Mrs. Morwood
Ellen Wong
as Brenda
Rick Skene
as Ronald Jones, Jr.
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Critic Reviews for Silent Night

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | December 3, 2012
Top Critic

Fans of nearly nude women being fed into wood chippers will not go home disappointed (except, very likely, in their hollow lives.)

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This brisk reimagining of the 1984 slasher "Silent Night, Deadly Night" delivers the seasonal goods with admirable efficiency and not a little wit.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

This unimaginative remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night continues the trend of mediocre remakes of '80s era horror films.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

By no means a masterpiece, but it's a damn good time with a great villain who spares no one...

Full Review… | December 23, 2012
Cinema Crazed

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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.
The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer

A great Horror flick for the holidays!

Jacob Palacio
Jacob Palacio

Super Reviewer

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