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Silent Night, Deadly Night Reviews

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½ July 10, 2017
A slasher classic" great, but in sences overly disturbing, in alot of ways, but the film is awsome, at times and you just got to love it" its a piece of fun, and also very twisted, and intresting
June 6, 2017
Just gave this the now traditional yearly re-watch, and I can confirm that it's such a fun film, and well worth the watch, it's become the new tradition for each Christmas season.

Full of corny performances and cheesy 80's staples, this is an enjoyable little slasher flick that was once the victim of attempted bannings. Now it just feels like a quaint snapshot of the 80's, full of silly characters, quasi-believable situations and gratuitous nudity.

Worth a rental at the very least, if only to get that "Miracle On 34th Street" taste out of your mouth.
½ April 23, 2017
Not good enough to be even average or somewhat decent.
½ January 21, 2017
Awesome horror classic one of my favs
January 1, 2017
This is 80s slasher at it's finest. So good.
December 24, 2016
A very memorable slasher with a young man as a department store santa who freaks out and turns killer due to a bad santa experience in his childhood. Linnea Quigley makes an appearance and gets impaled on some dear antlers. Some cool 70s interiors with wooded wall panels are also to be found. Maybe the best xmas slasher after Black Christmas.
December 16, 2016
May 31st 2015
December 15th 2016
October 6, 2016
Dated for today but interesting in its protagonist antagonist movement. Billy sure got hot!
½ July 22, 2016
Silent Night, Deadly Night is a thoughtlessly-calculated money-maker, and it is abhorrent and heartless.
March 5, 2016
Possibly one of the most misunderstood and criminally overlooked films in the slasher genre. Long before Rob Zombie psychoanalyzed Michael Myers in the uncalled for Halloween "reboot," Silent Night, Deadly Night offered (on a much more limited budget) a killer with an excellent resume of psychological motivations for his killing spree. The portion of the film showing the killer as a boy being harangued by a strict Catholic nun are quite heartbreaking. This is not about a "killer Santa Clause," it's about how human potential can be murdered at such a young age. For folks dismissing this film as "trash," I suggest you stick to your Merchant-Ivory productions and let actual horror fans determine the worth of a classic such as this one.

Also, for those saying this film is tame by "today's standards," just what standards are you talking about? The PG-13 ghost stories that constitute the majority of "horror" today? The needless big money remakes of genre classics from the 70s and 80s? Surely you're aware there's no way this film could be made today; the impaling scene alone would set the SJWs on a social media murder spree! This film, like most of the classics from the 70s and 80s, is way, WAY more hardcore than anything being produced today. Or maybe you think the cartoonish splashes of CGI blood constitute hardcore? To each his/her own.
February 18, 2016
Not very scary, or original. This is a slasher film (with an axe) with very little to differentiate it from the countless others. Quite dull.
February 5, 2016
I was very curious to see this movie. It was very mediocre. The actual idea behind the boy becoming a Santa Claus killer was interesting. But the actual slasher part was lame and boring and very underwhelming.
December 31, 2015
Not as stupid as it sequel and actually pretty good 80s slasher it's fun worth the watch for 80 slasher fans
December 17, 2015
A fantastic Christmas-themed B slasher that delves a little deeper than one might expect.
½ December 9, 2015
Santa doesn't bring presents to naughty children.

A young boy sees his parents brutally murdered and his mother raped by a man in a Santa Clause costume. He is placed in an orphanage but every year around Christmas he goes a little haywire. When he gets into high school, he can't control his anger towards Santa Clause and eventually puts on the costume himself and goes on a killing spree.

"Santa's going to bring a big surprise tonight."

Charles E. Sellier, director of Snowballing and the Annihilators, delivers Silent Night, Deadly Night in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is okay and felt a little like Sleepaway Camp. The subplots were okay and the kill scenes were average. The acting was very mediocre.

"If you don't get back to bed, Santa won't come."
"He's not the only one."

I used to watch these movies as a kid growing up and always wanted to watch them again. I finally found this picture on Showtime Online and gave it another viewing. This is far from a classic, but does have a cult following due to the premise. This is a below average horror film that is only worth watching for diehard slasher picture fans.

"You're safe now. Santa Clause is gone."

Grade: D+/C-
December 7, 2015
Santa killing with a axe you can't go wrong.
September 12, 2015
Sick, twisted, morally repugnant, grotty and kind of brilliant, this mid eighties killer santa movie is nasty, seriously bad taste stuff but is also completely hilarious, with classic WTF! scenes like the bit were his parents foolishly leave young billy with the supposedly comatose grandpa, or the scene with the dear antlers. Most will find this a low grade piece of reprehensible, tasteless trash, and it is, but thats not to say it isnt great fun. NAUGHTY!!!!!!!
August 19, 2015
A Christmas themed slasher that has the right idea, but does not really follow through. The plot is perfect for a psycho Santa Claus, but improved kill design is much needed.
August 2, 2015
The movie for sure had some potential, but it took too much telling the origin story of the killer, that it felt like it was missing a middle and an ending. There was such a lack of story and there wasn't a focus on any character aside from the killer to really care for. Aside from that, it had some gore and some limited scares.
~August 2, 2015~
½ July 24, 2015
An unintentionally funny slasher where Santa delivers punishment for X-mas. While it's now considered a cult classic, there's little that separates it from the heaps of mid-80s slashers. [C]
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