Silent Night, Deadly Night Review

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

Starring: Gilmer McCormick, Linnea Quigley, Lilyan Chauvin
Directed by: Charles E. Sellier, Jr.

Because it's August, I figured I'd take a page from the book of department store marketing and do some classic Christmas horror. Also because I'm probably not going to care much about the season when it comes around. I'm a Halloween guy. No surprise there, right?

Silent Night, Deadly Night is about a traumatized teen who goes on a killing spree after a childhood of abuse from the Mother Superior at an orphanage.

This is one of those classic horror movies I just love. Not only does it have the gorgeous horror legend, Linnea Quigley, but it also has a pretty good story to follow. It's one of those movies where you can't help but feel bad for the main character, Billy, as he begins as a sort of protagonist, but is turned into the movie's killer relatively early on. The Mother Superior kinda just stays a bitch throughout the movie (seriously, where do nuns get off with this stuff??). The situations he gets caught in after he grows up are pretty messed up as he is sort of forced into playing the role that got him put into an orphanage to begin with--his parents were murdered by a lunatic in a Santa outfit and he later becomes a lunatic in a Santa outfit. Naughty or Nice?

Being a horror from the 80's, Silent Night, Deadly Night is chock full of practical effects, including a deer antler impalement and other such fun scenes. I found myself rooting for Billy's kills more and more as the movie progressed as they were very enjoyable. The holiday atmosphere really makes for good scenery throughout the film. There's something about strangling somebody with Christmas lights that really gets the blood going, no?

After watching this movie again, I've realized it really has been a while since there was a good Christmas related horror. Last one I can think of was the remake of Black X-Mas (yes, I liked that one...), but I'm sure I've missed out on some good ones. If you have a favorite or two you'd like to mention, by all means, leave a message in the comments about it. I'd love to hear what your favorites are.




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Overall Rating: Hurts So Good

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