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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Silent Night (2012) - Steven C. Miller

For some reason Malcolm McDowell is in this seasonal slasher kind of based on the 1984 Silent Night, Deadly Night. Apparently right down to the dullness that plagued the original one. The brutal gore scenes are definitely the high point. The most intense moments are all utterly predictable but are doused in buckets of blood. Although this movie is streets ahead of it's predecessor, it is really not worth the pick up. 

The plot is primarily the same as the original. Our psychotic Santa killer is on a killing spree on Christmas Eve. The town is full of Santa Actors for the annual Christmas parade. It makes it virtually impossible to find the killer. So he gets a lot of good kills and wields a flame thrower. Pretty standard so far for Christmas horror flicks.

The whole movie felt forced. The gore and killings were inventive and fresh. They kept you going. However, that's all the movie had. It didn't bring anything else to the table. I have trouble seeing Donal Logue outside of the dad from Grounded for Life. That's right I watched Grounded for Life! Malcolm McDowell is horrible. He was actually annoying to listen to. He was really trying to force an accent and it was horrid. The acting from the rest of the cast felt lazy and... blah. It just sort of felt like the movie happened and then was over. It was very forgettable. 

  • The film is partially inspired by the real-life Covina Holiday Massacre which took place on Christmas Eve in 2008.
  • Most of the characters are named after members of the famous Leeds United football team from the seventies: Cooper, Giles, Madeley, Revie, Jones, Jordan, McKenzie. In addition, Bremner St and Reaney's Diner are mentioned in the script.
  • The Hollywood Reporter called the film a "cinematic lump of coal"

Friday, December 13, 2013

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) - Charles Sellier

This is one of the granddaddies of controversial film. Silent Night, Deadly Night was panned so hardly by critics that it actually caused an uproar over horror flicks. Their argument being, Santa is a wholesome figure that is highly respected by children all over the world and shouldn't be portrayed in such a negative light. Sure, the movie is hard to sit through. It's boring and crass. It hits all the area's it should. Unfortunately it falls short of being terrifying and ends up being a joke. 

The plot of the movie revolves around a fragile child that watched his parents get mutilated by a psychopath in a Santa costume. Needless to say, he doesn't grow up just right. He spends his youth in a Catholic orphanage where, of course, he is humiliated and harassed by the staff. Aside from one of the nuns who befriends him. Anyway, later in life he gets a job at a general store. When Christmas comes along he gets pushed to the edge and snaps going out in a Santa-clad Slasher Fest! 

Obviously the filmmakers Ira R Barmak, Michael Hickey, and Charles E. Sellier, Jr. knew they had a turd. They had to do something to get people to watch it. So why not just make sure you have enough soft-core sex to get you through it. The movie is filled to the brim with over the clock sex scenes followed by the predictable brutal murders. Don't get me wrong this movie has tons of blood and gore. It's just boring and falls by the wayside when your looking for something good to watch.

Can't wait for the next one! 
  • This film was known as "Slayride" throughout its production. Tri-Star decided to change the title to "Silent Night, Deadly Night" at the last minute.
  • Opened on the same weekend as A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and briefly out-grossed the latter by around $161,800 before profits fell about 45% by the second weekend.
  • The ax that gets embedded in the wall Linnea Quigley is leaning against was real.