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A young boy watches his parents killed by a thief in a Santa suit. He spends his youth in an orphanage, staying quietly to his self, but his mind is further bent by an ironhanded Mother Superior. He finally gets a job at a local store, where he finally snaps when he is required to wear a Santa suit, and goes on a killing spree that leads him slowly back to the orphanage.
Lilyan Chauvin ... Mother Superior
Gilmer McCormick ... Sister Margaret
Toni Nero ... Pamela
Robert Brian Wilson ... Billy Chapman (age 18)
Britt Leach ... Ira Sims
Nancy Borgenicht ... Mrs. Randall
H.E.D. Redford ... Captain Richards
Danny Wagner ... Billy Chapman (age 8)
Linnea Quigley ... Denise
Leo Geter ... Tommy
Randy Stumpf ... Andy
Will Hare ... Grandpa Chapman
Tara Buckman ... Ellie Chapman (Mother)
Geoff Hansen ... Jim Chapman (Father) (as Jeff Hansen)
Charles Dierkop ... Killer Santa
Probably the most controversial slasher movie of the 80's, thanks to the numerous parents who picketed against it, but by today's horror standards it doesn't seem quite so 'naughty'. True enough Silent Night, Deadly Night is a gruesome and blackly humorous slasher guilty pleasure. The movie does have a low-budget look and some acting that's firmly B-grade, but it's certainly amusing to those that don't take it too seriously. Gore and nudity abound in uncut versions, and there's a fair amount of humor - my personal favorite is the bloody sled scene. Horror fans will also want to look for scream queen Linnea Quigley as a babysitter in another memorable scene.
Silent Night, Deadly Night is a hoot for slasher fans. It's one of the more memorable Christmas horror films that, despite its low-budget, never offers a dull moment.
Followed by four sequels and set to be remade *groan* in 2008
I rented this completely by accident. I was planning to rent a lesser-known but supposedly great genre effort, "Silent Night, Bloody Night," but I guess the geniuses at Blockbuster confused the two when putting the tapes with the boxes, and I ended up with this.
Eventually, I figured out the plot, which wasn't terrible. In a very creepy prologue, young Billy is traveling home with parents and baby brother after visiting his grandfater in the nursing home, and they stop to help a man dressed in a Santa Clause outfit whose car has died. The Santa is actually an escaped killer who murders Billy's parents, while he narrowly escapes.
He grows up in an orphanage, terrified every Christmas of old St. Nick, and Mother Superior, who runs the orphanage. Eventually, he grows up at gets a job at a local toy store...right around Christmas time. That Christmas Eve, he snaps, and dressed as Santa, kills off everyone at the after-hours party at the store, then ventures out to find new victims. The only person that can stop him is Sister Margaret, from the orphanage, the only person who ever cared for Billy. But, of course, it's too late to save him...or anyone else....
The movie manages to be quite creepy at times. The murder of Billy's parents was a frightening scene, and some of the murders were pretty effective. The music was great, too. The pace, for the most part, works well, though it trips up when the story moves on to Christmas morning. The movie would have been more effective all taking place on one night. Of course, that would consist of Billy killing off one-dimensional, stock characters, and Sister Margaret and the local sheriff tracking his path...but with a few twists, it would have worked.
The acting is pretty good. Lilyan Chauvin and Toni Nero, first and third billed as Mother Superior and Billy's short-lived love interest Pamela, respectively, have little screen time, but give okay performances. Robert Brian Wilson as the 18 year-old Billy is mostly in costume and has few lines, but for what he's given, he does okay. Gilmer McCormick has the largest role (which still isn't much) and actually does quite well with what she's given; she is also the only truly sympathetic, likeable character in the movie. Oddly enough, Billy is somewhat likeable, too, but the more senseless his killings get, the less you really want to cheer for him.
Then again, this movie doesn't really seem to give a damn about it's characters which, I guess if that's what you want, is fine.
Overall, not a bad horror film, but there are better. For a truly effective and worthwhile Christmas-related genre effort, I'd check out "Black Christmas." (Then again, that's everyone's Christmas horror movie suggestion, so if you haven't gotten the point that it's a great movie, then you're on your own.) It's far scarier, with a stronger plot and better characters. But for just your average seasonal bloodbath, I suppose "Silent Night, Deadly Night" isn't a bad choice.
I remember seeing the cover for this film at a local video store as a small kid, and I was scared just of the Santa Claus reaching his axe out of the chimney. Now, years later, I finally got around to renting this little holiday shocker. The film is about a young boy, Billy Chapman. It's Christmas Eve, and he's riding with his parents and baby brother to visit their grandfather (who is in a mental institution). While he isn't thought to speak, the grandfather tells Billy that Santa punishes the naughty kids while his parents talk with the doctors. This causes Billy to be afraid of Santa Claus. So, continuing on their drive, the family is stopped by a man in a Santa suit, who is a psychotic murderer/robber. The man in the suit ultimately kills both of Billy's parents, after raping his mother. Some odd years later, Billy is a now semi-older boy who is at St. Mary's Orphanage. He is abused by Mother Superior, the ruling nun of the house who loves "punishing" the kids. As Billy grows older, he lands a job at a toy store, thanks to Sister Maragaret, who is a nicer, more understanding nun. But as Christmas approaches and Billy is forced to wear a Santa suit for the job, flashbacks of his terrible encounter years ago return, and in a bout of psychosis, he goes on a rampage, slaughtering everyone who's been "naughty" this year.
I enjoyed this movie quite a bit actually, mostly because of the decent story and the unique and interesting ideas that are put into it. The murder of Billy's parents was pretty gruesome, and the killings Billy commits on his rampage are even more so. My favorite death sequence by far was the sledding scene, I thought it was very creative the way one of the sledders was executed, even though it's a little clichéd. The Sister Maragaret was the most lovable character in the film, because unlike the cold Mother Superior, she actually has a heart and cares about Billy, who experienced something a child never should have to. On the other hand, Mother Superior is hell bent on using her "methods" of punishment, which are usually cruel and inhumane, especially for a child. There are some laughable bits in this film, especially Billy yelling "naughty" at his victims, and the performances aren't wonderful, but it is a B-slasher film on most levels so these things are passable. The only minor disappointment was how the film ended, but everything that led up to it was just great.
This film's release caused an uproar of extremely angered parents, claiming that this film had completely ruined the entire Christmas spirit, simply because it portrays a killer dressed up as Santa Claus. I find that whole thing a bit ridiculous, it's an R-rated movie, so don't let your kids watch it! People are too touchy. It also received horrible reviews from critics all around, from Roger Ebert to Leonard Maltin, and everyone else that the film came across. It was ultimately banned two weeks after it's theatrical run in November 1984, and was shelved for two years and then re-released on an "uncut" VHS videotape.
To sum things up, "Silent Night, Deadly Night" is a bizarre, interesting, and somewhat unique horror movie. It is in the same league as the other average slasher films of it's time, but the premise of it all makes it stand out just a little more. While it isn't nearly as great as Bob Clark's 1974 film "Black Christmas", "Silent Night, Deadly Night" is a worthy effort in the genre, good fun holiday horror.
* The release of this film was picketed by angry parents who were not happy to see Santa Claus depicted as an axe murderer. As a result, box office sales plummeted and the film was shelved for another year where it saw new light in an uncut video form (that has since gone out of print).
* This film was planned to be a limited release but open wider by Christmas, but the protest canned the idea, and was pulled after two weeks of release.
* To protest the film, critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel read the credits out loud on their television show saying, "shame, shame, shame" after each name.
* This film was known as "Slayride" though out its production. Tri-Star decided to change the title to "Silent Night, Deadly Night" at the last minute.