Monday, December 22, 2008

Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out (1989, Monte Hellman)

Part 2 was bad. Painful even. I figured the producers realized their errors and decided to make right. Hell, they got the brilliant Bill Moseley (Chop Top from Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2) and Monte Hellman (director of Two-Lane Blacktop). Did they succeed?

Ricky (this time played by Bill Moseley) is back. This time, he has been in a coma since the shootout at the end of part 2 and he wears a plexiglass bubble on the top of his head, exposing his brain. A blind woman named Laura, who is being treated for nightmares at the same hospital as Ricky, finds that she has psychic connections to him, seeing his murders before they happen. Sure enough, Ricky comes out of his coma and goes on a killing spree, with Laura his main target.

Well, unfortunately this film sucks too. I was so excited about finding an old used VHS copy of this at a thrift store for $2.00 that I could hardly wait to watch it. Part 3, 4 and 5 have never been released in the US on dvd and part 2 is out of print (it was on the flipside of the original Anchor Bay release of part 1). Anyway, the film is just another silly late 80s horror film with nothing going for it. Moseley speaks about 10 words in the whole movie and the rest of the cast are forgettable (unfortunately some of the hair styles are not!) Even Monte Hellman can't save this film from being worthless. The plot is stupid, the characters are just there and the killings are pretty unimaginative. Oh well, maybe they'll eventually get it right.


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