Silent Night, Deadly Night Reviews
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.
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."
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~
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.