Monday, December 22, 2008

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984, Charles E. Sellier Jr.)

It's that time of year again, as you can tell by my most recent reviews. Time for mistletoe, yule logs and fruitcake. For many, it's a joyous time to spend with friends and family, exchanging gifts and good cheer. But for some it's a time to punish those who have been "NAUGHTY".

When little Billy and his parents visit Grandpa in the looney bin, Grandpa tells Billy that Santa punishes those who have been bad. On the way home, Billy sees his parents murdered by a guy dressed up as Santa. Billy then goes to live at an orphanage, where the nuns are constantly punishing Billy for his bad behavior. When Billy is old enough to work, he is given a job at a toy store around Christmas. After being forced to be the store's Santa, Billy snaps and starts "punishing" those he thinks are NAUGHTY.

The controversial Silent Night Deadly Night pushes many boundaries of good taste and stops at nothing to shock viewers. Seeing someone dressed as Santa chopping people left and right with an axe is just plain wrong. The film takes itself very seriously, which just adds to the level of sleeze. With that being said, I love this movie. It is a classic Holiday slasher and goes beyond most viewers expectations.


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