Silent Night

2012

Silent Night

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64%

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Total Count: 11

33%

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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 Bay

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Cast

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.

    Dec 3, 2012

    Joe Leydon

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

    Nov 30, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This brisk reimagining of the 1984 slasher "Silent Night, Deadly Night" delivers the seasonal goods with admirable efficiency and not a little wit.

    Nov 29, 2012 | Rating: 3/5
  • This unimaginative remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night continues the trend of mediocre remakes of '80s era horror films.

    Nov 29, 2012 | Full Review…
  • By no means a masterpiece, but it's a damn good time with a great villain who spares no one...

    Dec 23, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Silent Night

  • Dec 26, 2016
    Santa Claus brings the pain in the low-budget horror film Silent Night. In a small Midwestern town a Santa Claus killer is on the loose, brutally murdering the naughty. Starring Jaime King, Malcolm McDowell, and Donal Logue, the cast is actually pretty decent; though their performances are awful. And the plot is all over the place, never really explaining why the killer kills who he does or what he's after; it's all random. Additionally, the gore is incredible gratuitous and comically bad. Formulaic tripe, Silent Night is a poorly made slasher film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2013
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2013
    This a surprisingly decent movie with a, very obvious, sense of humor. I think the film presents itself as overly serious when it's really anything but. Not to mention a hilarious performance from Malcolm McDowell as the sheriff who's full of cheesy one-liners that don't make any sense. So it's clear that the movie isn't meant to be taken seriously, but I still wouldn't say that it's a good horror film by any means. It's got good, and goofy, gore and it has a dark sense of humor but somehow there was something missing. It just offers nothing that is really memorable other than some laughs and some good gore. Which was, most likely, the purpose of this film and I may be over analyzing a film that doesn't need it. Still it's a decent rental if you're itching for some horror.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2012
    I couldn't tell if this film was deliberately trying to spoof itself or if the acting in it was just plain awful. Either way the mix of horror and comedy really doesn't work here. McDowell is hammy as the town sherrif but also looks permanently annoyed throughout (with his Agent, maybe?). King is playing the whole things straight but therefore looks out of place alongside some of the more 'looser' acting styles. The worst culprit is the actor playing the priest who is so over the top I kept expecting him to look at the camera and give us a wink! The kills are more fun than other recent remakes though and if you like your gore you won't be disappointed here. Forget about trying to justify the plot too as it doesn't make a whole load of sense. A bit of a mess then but some decent horror moments.
    David S Super Reviewer

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