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Blast from the Past Movie Review – “Silent Night, Deadly Night” (1984)

December 11, 2011

I had to review this movie. It’s so deliciously bad that it’s good. “Silent Night, Deadly Night” is one of those schlock fest 80’s movies that contribute nothing to society. And yet, I love it. It’s so bad, the movie itself is a lump of coal from Jolly old Saint Nick that you want to treasure for all time.

The movie begins with a young boy who witnesses the murder of his parents, slain by a thief in a Santa suit. He spends his youth in an orphanage, staying quietly to his self, but an ironhanded Mother Superior further bends his little mind.  Years later as a young man, he gets a job at a local store, there he finally snaps when he is required to wear a Santa suit, and goes on a killing spree that leads him slowly back to the orphanage.

Yes, a killer Santa. The film isn’t the typical, run of the mill, cookie cutter slasher film. The movie actually caught my attention with the whole psychological aspect of a killer and how he gradually transforms into this raging psychotic. Ok, now after giving the movie a little cred, it’s a fair bet to say that it’s execution as a whole is done poorly. Production quality, acting, you name it.

However, “Silent Night, Deadly Night” is one of those movies I could fancy seeing remade for today’s generation, with the right writer/director it could be cruel delight of a movie. Making a killer film where it doesn’t take itself too seriously over the absurdity surrounding it, but some how finding a way to make a well balanced thriller.

While the movie itself in a nutshell is bad, it’s still fun to watch, especially during the holiday season. Every once in a while we need to be a little bad, so why not watch one of the baddest of the bad Christmas movies? And hell if you’re feeling up for it, there are three more sequels to this.


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