December 25, 2014
Movie Night: Silent Night, Deadly Night.
Review #682: Silent Night, Deadly Night.
Robert Brian Wilson (Billy Chapman), Lilyan Chauvin (Mother Superior), Gilmer McCormick (Sister Margaret), Toni Nero (Pamela), Britt Leach (Mr. Sims), Nancy Borgenicht (Mrs. Randall), H.E.D. Redford (Captain Richards), and Linnea Quigley (Denise) Directed by Charles Sellier.
Yep, here is your Christmas gift, from me personally. This isn't my first review on Christmas, I've reviewed a movie or two three of the past four Christmases (#020 - A Christmas Story, the two Bill and Ted movies (#021-#022), #319 - It's a Wonderful Life, and #507 - Santa Claus Conquers the Martians). While Christmas Evil was known by some, Silent Night, Deadly Night is the Christmas horror film people know more about, and for good reason. This was a controversial film due to the marketing (because horror films haven't been protested before, this time protested by the PTA), and it was pulled from theaters after a few weeks. But did it really need to be pulled? No, it didn't. Horror films are films like any other films, and if someone doesn't like it, just don't watch it. Everyone has their own preferences or interests, and protesting when someone doesn't fit their likes is a terrible idea. This also applies to these reviews, you can choose to read this fully or not. Either way, I appreciate the thought. So anyway, back to the movie. What we have here is a movie with more action then Christmas Evil, even if it comes at the expense at being a bit sillier. The characters are okay, even if it seems obvious that some are just waiting to die, following the tropes that accompany the horror genre at times. But the movie is at least enjoyable to watch (for me, anyway.), it's not a movie that tries to disgust you or make you tear up, it's just a movie that's trying to invoke a few scares. On the whole, while Christmas Evil is a better all around film, Silent Night has slightly better action. If you're looking for an alternative way to celebrate Christmas, this is it, and I'm proud of it. I hope you enjoyed the "different" kind of films reviewed for the break. Tomorrow I'll be focusing on some other kinds of films, with one surprise next Wednesday. Stay tuned.
Overall, I give it 7 out of 10 stars.