SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT Pt.1 Movie Review
Most don't associate horror movies with Christmas and every year when people are watching Miracle on 34th street or scrooge. I always have my own Christmas movie marathon of a different kind. So form now until Christmas I will review the movies I watch every holiday season. The first one being one of my favorite silent night deadly night.
Released in 1984 often called the most controversial movie of the 80's. When it was released parents, religious groups and everyone who needed something to bitch about was up in arms about Santa going around killing anyone. Let's be honest if you had his job having to listen to bratty kids all year around wanting this and that you would want to kill someone too. anyway Because of this it got a very limited release and what was released in theatre's was cut drastically. It's not until a few years ago it got a proper dvd release and the uncut version was released in all its bloody goodness.
In a very creepy prologue, young Billy is traveling home with parents and baby brother after visiting his grandfather 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. The opening scene really sets the stage for the rest of the movie and is very well done. 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. everything is fine until the boss makes him dress as the man he hates the most...that fat fuck St nick. So he goes on a murderous killing spree punishing anyone who is naughty(how kinky).
The special effects are very well done especially since the budget for the movie to be only 750,000. A bully getting his head axed off(guess he won't get ahead in life wah wah) being my favorite. The movie manages to be quite creepy in area's as well the rape scene at the beginning and a scene with his decrepit old Grandpa being another one.
The acting I can actually say is not bad....I KNOW!! if you need to sit down and take a breather for a minute I don't blame you. 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 decent 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 a good job and actually comes off as sympathetic.
So all in all one of the best Christmas horror movies you will find and a very underrated cult classic.