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Silent Night, Deadly Night Reviews

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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]
April 13, 2015
A classic slasher film with boobs galore!!
½ April 13, 2015
One has to strain to remember this slashing santa.
½ February 20, 2015
a banned movie.but not a bad movie(1984)slasher type movie,with a christmas halloween movie feel.I could not help but feel a little sympathy for the killer,who was traumatised as a child and got no help to overcome the situation.A lesson probably learned by these type of movie`s.deffo not for young kids.
February 20, 2015
Slick, different and surprisingly entertaining.
½ February 19, 2015
Another disturbing Christmas film filled with sex and blood that seems like a mix of Halloween(Remake) and the original Friday The 13th. There are not many slasher films that really focus on the back story of the killer as much as this one which is a good thing and really makes you feel empathy and understand the motive of the killer more here. However, the film does get cheesier and sillier as the killing starts and the killer is just not as frightening and SCARY as he should be. There are plenty of sex and disturbing bloody kills and GORE scenes that will be just offensive enough for Christmas lover people but horror fans will most likely enjoy it. Overall, this is a unique slasher film with a potentially great storyline and character development but gets sillier as it goes and ultimately ends up being just another cliche' slasher film. Nonetheless it still deserves to be called a classic slasher film that horror fans will always think of when it comes to Christmas. [B-]
February 7, 2015
The movie itself was disappointing. It was disappointing because the beginning of the movie looked promising. The beginning was suspenseful and I was satisfied with it. Right after the beginning scenes, the movie starts to go down slowly. Ok I wasn't the biggest fan of the main character going to a nun orphanage. I found it to be a lazy route to kind of foreshadow what is going to happen later in the movie. Even though it wasn't done before it failed to satisfy me. When he turns 18 the story changes and I was mildly interested on what was going to happen next. Then that's when the huge plot twist comes into play. The main character becomes a killer and kills everyone who is "naughty". Even though he becomes the killer that he remembers killing his parents. I can't buy him becoming a killer after a few un harmful coincidences throughout a short period of time. It seemed rushed and unbelievable how he becomes a serial killer that fast. The acting is atrocious. The cinematography is below average. The editing is horrible especially the death scenes of individuals. The plot is very weak. There is mediocre suspense because of mediocre "spooky" music playing in the background. Ok one death scene was pretty cool where when one guy was going sledding and got his head cut off with an axe. The other death scenes was anti climatic, over the top, and just plain stupid. Anyway, the whole movie is dumb to the point that it is barely watchable. The ending was horrible! Wait until you see the ending it is pricelessly bad! One of the stupidest movies that I ever saw in a horror film? Yeah. The worst horror movie in history? No not really? I can give the movie this. You can probably have fun with this movie by watching it with a group of friends. And just pick the movie apart piece by piece and make fun of how bad it is. I have to give this movie a D grading.
½ January 6, 2015
A boy witnesses his parents murdered on Christmas Eve by a man dressed as Santa and is sent to an orphanage where he is bullied by the head nun. Eventually he grows up and becomes a toy store Santa and when those his childhood memories come flooding back, he goes on a killing spree.

Silent Night, Deadly Night is a violent, nasty piece of holiday fare that works pretty well overall. It's cheap and the acting, by an no-name cast, is pretty amateurish, but there are some creative kills and a very mean spirit. There's hardly a person who survives and those who do are thoroughly scarred by it, which is addressed in the sequel. Based solely on the story, this film is not very good, but based on it's entertainment value, it is halfway entertaining. It's not as good as "Black Christmas" as a Christmas themed horror, but it's definitely entertaining with not too much blood and gore - at least compared by 1980s slasher standards.
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