|SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT
|Copyright 1984 Slayride Productions
| Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 24 December 2000
- Billy - Young man with some serious mental damage caused by watching Santa kill his parents, although a Catholic upbringing did not help. Finally put down like a rabid dog.
- Sister Margaret - Kind and loving nun, she took special interest in Billy and wanted him to get professional help.
- Captain Richards - Law enforcement officer with the difficult task of shooting a modified Kris Kringle target. He does well.
- Mr. Sims - Toy store owner, rather dead after Billy embeds a claw hammer into his skull (claw side first). Spared him from bankruptcy though, he still had stock from Halloween and Easter on the shelves.
- Pamela - Worked at the toy store with Billy, but spurned his romantic interest for an abusive jerk. She must not mind being raped or something. Hardly matters, the young man opens her from navel to breastbone with a box cutter.
- Andy - Jerk who works in the stockroom and knows how to get the ladies naked, by ripping off their clothes. Strangled with a string of Christmas lights.
- Mrs. Randall - Older woman employed by the store, used for archery practice.
- Denise - Linnea Quigley! Young girl with a fabulous penchant for running around in cutoff jeans and nothing else. I don't know why and don't care, it's a pity she ends up skewered on a hunting trophy.
- Denise's Boyfriend - Talk about selective hearing! He heard the little girl quietly walking down the stairs (Denise and he were studying biology), but didn't notice the racket when Billy crashed through the front door and skewered Denise. Killed by being tossed out a window.
- Mother Superior - She missed the Inquisition by several hundred years, but is making up for lost time by punishing misbehaved orphans. Nothing like sadistic nuns keeping the faith.
|Countless children have been kept in check during the Christmas season, however briefly, by threats of Santa's wrath. Be good or the jolly elf will decide not to give you presents, behave or your stocking will be full of coal, and whatever other bitter rewards might be wrought by naughty children. Never in a million years did mom or dad admonish me in a way which involved Santa and capital punishment.
Only a slightly effective method of scolding one's erring progeny when you get down to it, but a towering figure dressed in blood red puts a great deal more menace into the word. Poor Billy has a miserable Christmas Eve, only a few unfortunate souls could claim a worse day. (What did you idiots do to piss God off?) First his aging grandfather has a fleeting moment of clarity and terrifies the youngster with threats of retribution from a wrathful Saint Nick, then a violent man murders his parents. Cutting mommy's throat in front of her children is bad, but oh so much worse when the killer is wearing a Santa Claus suit.
Billy is sent to an orphanage and does not find the nurturing environment he needs to become a normal human being. The place looks to be a Roman Catholic bastion in the otherwise Mormon state of Utah. It generated a silly daydream about some Mormon knights arguing with a saucy Catholic on the ramparts, "What are you doing in Utah?" says one and the other answers, "Mind your own business!" Anyway, Mother Superior forces the germinating psycho to draw Christmas pictures and sit on Santa's lap. Neither exercise turns out very well, he floors Santa with a right cross and crayon artworks of decapitated reindeer tend to scare the other children. Every time he falters the imposing figure of Mother Superior deals out lashes with a belt. Insanity runs in the family, he watches mom and dad get slaughtered, and nuns physically abuse him - this kid is screwed.
Flash forward ten years, Billy has grown up to be a muscular young man working at a toy store and seems fine. Don't miss the song playing over the happy scenes of him becoming a successful stock clerk, a definite winner. "On the Warm Side of the Door" is the title and main words, who came up with those lyrics? Billy doesn't stay on the warm side of the door very long, instead he flees into the cold dark night (probably running from that damn song). You see, Christmas rolls around and with it the jolly smiling face of horror.
Mr. Sims makes a fatal mistake, when the store's Santa Claus is injured he has Billy fill the position. I'm still trying to figure out the logic behind that decision since he's the skinniest guy who works there. The doors finally close on Christmas Eve and the employees break out the alcohol to have a little party. You mean to tell me these people have nothing better to do? How about going home to your family or over to a friend's house? Losers.
No small amount of alcohol is imbibed during the party, but things are okay until Pamela spurns Billy and goes into the back with Andy for some heavy petting. That puts our incubating killer over the edge and he hatches with a vengeance.
When bellowed by a huge version of Santa Claus, who is carrying a fire ax, it is a very scary thing. Billy slaughters everyone in the store, then goes looking for other bad little girls and boys to put a hurt locker on. He does a pretty good job, racking up three more kills during the night and another the next morning. Richards shoots him full of holes before Mother Superior gets what she had coming to her, it made me realize how unfair life is at times.
One of the endearing aspects of this movie is that viewers don't hate Billy, you understand why and how he became such a monster. Some interesting parallels here between this movie and "Old Yeller" when you think about it. I'm not exactly rooting for him (well sometimes) and know that he is going to be shot eventually, but how many random people are going to die before the end?
|Things I Learned From This Movie:|| |
- Catatonic grandparents are only biding their time, waiting for a chance to traumatize the children when you aren't looking.
- Santa prefers the stopping power of a .45 ACP.
- Having loud premarital sex in a building full of nuns (that are armed with leather belts) is not advised.
- A forty pound child can knock a grown man to the ground with one punch.
- Women shouldn't trust men who want to give them a "present" in dark storerooms.
- The sound of cardboard boxes falling over is louder than the screams of a woman being raped.
- Toy stores stock longbows with sixty pound draws, something able to shoot an arrow entirely through a human body.
- Children don't know the right way to hang up a phone.
- 2 mins - Oh, how cute. Do I need to point out the fact that your baby will be mushed if you have a car accident?
- 11 mins - Luckily he broke down near the only streetlight on this deserted country road.
- 18 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
- 23 mins - I'm really, really glad that I never went to Catholic school.
- 31 mins - Obviously he doesn't engage in this activity all that often.
- 43 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
- 54 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
- 55 mins - Brrrrr! I appreciate this scene, but that has to be cold.
- 61 mins - You run along and open up some boxes little girl...
- 74 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A SNOWMAN!
- 76 mins - Maybe the orphanage can get a group discount from a psychologist.
- Billy: "Naughty!"
- Billy: "Punish!"
| ||Audio clips in wav format||SOUNDS||Starving actors speak out|| |
||Grandpa: "You see Santa Claus tonight, you better run boy. You better run for ya life!"
||Mother Superior: "What they were doing was something very very naughty. They thought they could do it without being caught, but when we do something naughty we are always caught and then we are punished."
||Cop: "Can you believe this? It's Christmas Eve and we got orders to bring in Santa Claus."
|Theme Song|| Listen to a clip from the soundtrack. |
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|I was looking for a scene with Billy yelling, "Punish" and chopping at some bad little boy or girl. My first choice would have been the part with Denise. Unfortunately, Linnea's unfettered breasts were bobbing through the entire scene, so here is the cop instead. You've all been naughty this year anyway... |
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|Silent Night, Deadly Night
Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jackie Slovacek
I rented Silent Night, Deadly Night two summers ago when I was visiting my dad in Texas. My dad liked Billy's grandpa and I liked Billy. Happy Holidays!!! PUNISH
|Silent Night, Deadly Night
Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Mike
Randomly stumbled upon this movie in my local video store just this weekend, and I thought "what better way to get into the christmas spirit than watching a maniac in a Santa suit kill people". It's not as "shocking!" as the movie box makes it out to be (about average in the nudity and gore factor as far as 80's slasher films go), but I looked it up on IMDB, and according to them, the film actually did stir up a fair bit of controversy due to parents being concerned about the general idea of Santa being portrayed as a serial killer. Which makes sense I suppose.
Anyway, it's still a pretty entertaining mix of the typical cheap thrills, unintentional hillarity, and even a refreshingly psychological bent (at last, an 80's horror movie that actually has an explanation as to why teenagers tend to get killed after trying to have sex... because they've been NAUGHTY!!!). Probably my favorite moments are when Billy's insane grandfather goes out of his catatonic state specifically to traumatize him while his parents are gone, death by impalement on trophy deer head antlers, "Santa" giving a good little girl a razorblade for Christmas, and of course an 8 year old Billy somehow having the strength to punch a grown man in a Santa suit clear across the room. Billy does seem incredibly strong in general throughout this movie, and he's awfully muscular for someone who spent most of his life living in the only Catholic orphanage in Utah. Either the nuns were unusually fitness-minded enough to have built a gym in the basement of the orphanage somewhere, or Billy is suffering from one of the earliest and most extreme cases of drinking too much milk from cows that were given growth hormones. The ending is pretty good too (I can't help but think that those kids are going to be doubly f**ked up since they just saw Santa die TWICE in 10 minutes), but I do have a bit of a problem with the sequel set-up: Where the hell was Billy's younger brother in the rest of the movie? I mean sure I guess it's feasible they didn't take him along on that fateful trip to see grandpa, but you'd think since he's apparently been in the same orphanage all this time we'd have learned of his existence before the last 10 minutes or so of the movie.
The "Warm Side Of The Door" song is pretty bad, but almost worse is "Christmas Fever". I have no idea how a song can have so many elements of your average christmas carol (right down to lyrics about things being "jolly and gay"), and yet be so ridiculously awkward and uncatchy. The "sexy" christmas music the teen couple on the pool table is listening to is a hoot too. But to the credit of those responsible for putting together the soundtrack, that "Santa's watching, santa's waiting..." thing they use throughout the film actually is pretty successfully unnerving, kind of a creepy equivalent of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" that focuses entirely too much on the "Santa is watching everything you do" aspect.
|Silent Night, Deadly Night
Reply #19. Posted on March 20, 2004, 12:22:21 AM by Mr. Murphy
Linnea has a great rack in this one. Ha. (Sorry(
|Silent Night, Deadly Night
Reply #20. Posted on June 26, 2004, 08:17:02 AM by night heron
The producer and director of this movie should be buried under a ton of coal as well as being boiled in their own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through their hearts its just as bad as THE LAST TEMTATION OF CHRIST and its too grafic as well
|Silent Night, Deadly Night
Reply #21. Posted on August 08, 2004, 01:36:46 PM by Spur wing plover
How bad do they have to get it wasnt enough they made the first one but why the sqeuials? its just gets more awful and more bloody and why santa? they should have used someone else
|Silent Night, Deadly Night
Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Gord
A classic! I bought this on DVD a few months back and thankfully can finally retire my overplayed VHS copy. It's become an annual ritual to fire this sucker up on Christmas Eve (along with Bad Santa and The Trailer Park Boys Xmas Special) since I quite honestly hate just about everything associated with Christmas. Sure its crap, but its enjoyable crap and it has some pretty funny lines in it ('7:00... it's over! Time to get s**tfaced! Ahahahahah!' - Mr Sims).
|A GOOD CHILLING TALE
Posted on September 01, 2007, 07:59:04 AM by ADAM
This is one of my favourite horror movies.
It's a creepy, chilling, smart, upsetting and slow flick.
Well the acting from Billy, Mother Superior, Ricky, Grandpa is perfect, but they did have a few actors who weren't great. If they were more convincing and the movie wasn't slow then this would be a classic for me.
I love the creepy carol at the begginning and end.
I also love the scene where Santa pops out of the corner and hacks the cop, and also the famous grandpa scene, and of course the end.
I found the format colour sometimes annoying when the screen goes dim then back to normal.
I got this on dvd from ebay.co.UK for around £10 with 2 unfortunately.
I really want to see the third one. I know that i might sound crazy but at least it would be better than 2. I need help to find it and 4 and 5.
I will give this slasher
|Re: Silent Night, Deadly Night
Posted on June 18, 2010, 08:28:27 PM by Nightowl
One of my favorite slasher films. Out of all the horror movies I have seen not to many really explain why a character is going out there and hacking people with an axe, but SNDN does. No movie beats the cover art either.
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