Silent Night, Deadly Night Reviews

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November 9, 2020
if his eventual explosion delivers all the by-numbers cat & mouse and multitool culling that is expected of thesubgenre, it is his personal psychodrama which keeps us engaged with what is as much a human tragedy as a succession of sensational thrills
November 6, 2020
As a modern audience it's hard to see these deaths as anything but silly, but there is at least still a fun factor that keeps the viewer watching.
November 4, 2020
Puts the axe back in Xmas.
September 7, 2020
It's not high art, but it's a surprisingly memorable slasher.
December 18, 2019
The whole look of it has now become haunting, it's so exquisitely evocative of an early '80s childhood. The toyshop scenes are perfect, a fantasia of Smurfs.
October 24, 2019
Honestly, if you're a horror fan, Silent Night, Deadly Night should be an essential part of your Christmas rotation.
December 29, 2018
Witless even by slasher-film standards.
November 29, 2018
We're not knocking the transformation of a hallowed holiday figure into a homicidal maniac...it's the pleasure Billy and the movie take in leering at, then dicing up young women that lands Charles E. Sellier Jr.'s sicko Santa on our worst list.
January 3, 2018
"Silent Night, Deadly Night" takes off from the notion that Santa Claus is an ax murderer, but it never quite lives up to the delicious perversity of its premise.
December 13, 2017
If you're the sort who'll get a kick out of watching St. Nicholas hang a man with a string of Christmas lights, or impale a topless woman on a set of deer antlers, well, Silent Night, Deadly Night is definitely the film for you.
January 15, 2016
The psycho Santa embodies Reagan-era conservatism, then at its peak, mocking the strict discipline of compassionless, law-and-order, moral-policing reactionaries...If the Gipper was post-Carter America's Santa Claus, he was also its Krampus.
November 11, 2014
It had its moment and then vanished, like all garbage does.
December 25, 2012
At least one of the better slasher films made in the States in the mid-'80s, though the degree to which that's an actual compliment is debatable.
December 1, 2009
a brutal reminder that Christmas can have negative connotations for some
August 21, 2009
Among the dozen or so victims of Santa's slay ride is a man who's choked to death with a string of Christmas lights and a young woman who's impaled--topless, of course--on a pair of moose antlers.
March 11, 2008
killer santa
December 20, 2007
Not only is the movie vile and callous, but also it's pretty darn stupid.
December 13, 2007
the perfect stocking stuffer for misanthropic Scrooges.
December 10, 2007
As slasher films go, this is about average. The sets are cheap, with most of the budget seemingly going to the gore effects.
April 21, 2004
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