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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.
Fans of nearly nude women being fed into wood chippers will not go home disappointed (except, very likely, in their hollow lives.)
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.
This brisk reimagining of the 1984 slasher "Silent Night, Deadly Night" delivers the seasonal goods with admirable efficiency and not a little wit.
This unimaginative remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night continues the trend of mediocre remakes of '80s era horror films.
By no means a masterpiece, but it's a damn good time with a great villain who spares no one...
Santa slasher flick sticks to genre template while Jaime King works overtime to make us care about the person gunning for ol' St. Nick.
Steven C. Miller's remake of the nasty 80s original keeps the violence and mayhem but adds both personality and humor with the result being a fun slasher that vastly improves on Silent Night, Deadly Night.
This holiday season, horror fans should be sure to unwrap Steven C. Miller's Silent Night for an unexpected holiday treat, even if it's not all mistletoe and sweet candy canes.
It doesn't betray the legacy of Silent Night, Deadly Night, but it doesn't add anything to it either. Ho-ho-hum.
This scrappy little remake is somehow more entertaining than half of what passes for "wide release" horror movies.
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.
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.
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.
This purports not to be a remake of the controversial eighties slasher 'Silent Night, Deadly Night', but it certainly owes that film a large debt. There are scenes which are practically lifted from the older film, such as a girl staked on antlers and a monologue about the dark side of Christmas delivered by a geriatric. The eighties film was fun thanks to it's clever use of black humor but this movie can't decide what tone it's after. For the most part it's played like a straight cop drama and when it does interject humor it fails to raise even a snigger.
The only interesting thing about this non-remake is the fact that it's characters are all named after former players of Leeds United soccer team. I don't think Johnny Giles would approve.
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