Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990, Brian Yuzna)

If you've read my reviews for Silent Night Deadly Night parts 2 and 3, you're probably wondering why I am torturing myself with the remaining sequels in the Christmas horror franchise. Certainly if parts 2 and 3 are abysmal, part 4 and 5 must be even worse, right?

Silent Night Deadly Night 4: Initiation breaks away from the story of Billy and Ricky Caldwell of the first 3. This time, an aspiring newpaper reporter named Kim (Neith Hunter) is striving to find the right story to get her big break. After a flaming body mysteriously falls from the roof of a building, Kim starts investigating the strange occurrence, which leads her to Fima (Maud Adams), an eccentric bookstore owner who lives in the same building that the death occurred. Kim soon gets tangled up in Fima's mysterious cult who is trying to make Kim their new queen.

Definitely an improvement over parts 2 and 3, Initiation is actually an original and fun horror film with lots of weirdness and slimy special effects (courtesy of Screaming Mad George). There are tons of bugs and other insect-like creepy crawly things sure to make you start itching yourself. The weird story and characters are also fun. Overall, a decent film that probably shouldn't even be a part of this series (especially after the previous two pretty much destroyed the franchise).

Rating: 3/5

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