14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2012
There seem to be three roads to take when making a horror film these days. The first and least used path is to make something original. Unfortunately few in charge these days are willing to risk anything to make an original film. The second is to make a sequel. The sad part here is that when an original film is made that succeeds it tends to go this route to far lesser productions. The last road is that of the remake. The bad news is that some people feel they need to improve what can be considered a classic and update it for the times, more often than not by adding a few more scenes of titillation or more gore. Most of these fail. But once in a while...
SILENT NIGHT is not actually a remake of the classic bad movie SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT, the film that caused such an outrage when it was released years ago. Yes, a few of the memorable items from that film are here including a killer dressed in a Santa costume and the antler scene. But this film feels more like a tribute to all of those low budget slasher flicks from the 80s instead of a remake.
Its Christmas time and in a small Midwestern town everyone is gearing up for the annual Christmas parade as well as the Santa costume contest. Aubrey Bradimore is a new deputy for the Sheriff's department. Still dealing with the recent loss of her husband, Aubrey is called in to work the night shift when another officer fails to show for work. Bad goes to worse when Aubrey is sent out to find him only to discover his body strapped to a chair and electrocuted in a basement as well as the dismembered body of a woman upstairs. For those of us watching we know full well who the killer was. Well sort of. It was a man dressed in a Santa outfit with a mask on to keep everyone from knowing up front who the killer is.
The cantankerous Sheriff Cooper (Malcolm McDowell) insults his deputies and rules with an iron fist. Discovering he has a possible serial killer in his town while a major event is schedule doesn't bother him. Instead he welcomes the chance to face down the killer without the help of the State Police or FBI since the roads to town are presently closed. To him this just means that the killer can't leave.
As Aubrey and Cooper as well as the other deputies search for clues, signs of what is about to happen creep up around town. Various town members each receive a small wrapped package but none of them open them. Had they done so perhaps a clue would have led them to the killer? Included in those who receive a package are the mayor, the sheriff and Aubrey's father, an ex-policeman in town.
The victims at first appear to fall prey to that most dangerous of things found in slasher movies; they all seem to be having sex. The deceased deputy was having a fling with a married woman. The killer's next victims are shooting low budget soft core porn in a motel room giving the film makers the chance to offer some nudity, thus satisfying the prerequisite T&A required for all low budget horror films.
As the body count rises, Aubrey continues to try and figure out just who this mass murderer is. Cooper, on the other hand, is ready to blame almost anyone. The clues slowly unravel a bit but in all honesty it doesn't matter. For slasher films of this sort its more about body count and the methods of murder that matter most.
As I said at the start this movie isn't quite a remake of the classic bad film of the same name. That movie revolved around a young boy scarred by a life in an orphanage who had traumatic experiences around Christmas time as well as having witnessed his parents murdered and raped by a man in a Santa outfit. A twist on that is offered here at the very end, but nothing that would lead us to the identity of the killer early on.
The movie seems to pay homage to those cheap slasher films of the 80s by following their patterns fairly faithfully rather than try and make something more meaningful. It offers the masked killer who seems unstoppable. It offers the gushing fake blood by the gallon, more than any wound would actually spout out. It offers victims who are either in the midst of sex or have a secret in their past that began this whole cycle to start with. And it offers a heroine who comes to the rescue before the final reel. It also offers one more classic 80s slasher item but I won't reveal that one. If you don't recognize it then you're not a fan of the genre.
Offering few scares but enough story to hold your interest, this movie isn't that bad. It will be a nice addition to the collection of holiday horrors on your shelf. If you're offended by that sort of thing it will be easy enough to walk by. But for those who have a fond remembrance of those 80s slasher films then you'll want to give this one a watch. The vibes that emanate from this one bring back the feeling of those films in spades.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2012
I was totally shocked to see this film so well & done they don't make slasher films to well anymore but this one is neat and well done. No cheesy parts on this movie That i recall I gave this movie 5 stars and I do really recommended it to everyone that likes slasher films only. If u are offended it by the gore and blood don't watch it is not for you ...got to have big cojones to watch this one great Christmas slasher to own for the collection. Also check this other great horror slasher films: silent night. , deadly night, Christmas evil, don't open till Christmas, to all goodnight , P2 , Jack Frost 1 & 2 , black christmas , Santa slay , Saint Nick etc....
24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2012
I remember when I was a teenager and I heard they were doing a slasher film with a killer Santa Claus. 20/20 and everyone was up in arms about this concept and Silent Night, Deadly Night's hype was born. And to any horror fan or movie nut in general, when people complain and try to ban a film, those are the ones you have to go see first. The sad news is most of us did get to see this film when it hit home video a year later we did not think it was warranted of what the uproar was about. Now that being said, if Silent Night which is directed by Steven C. Miller would have been the film coming out at that time, I would have seen what the uproar was about. While this is a very loose remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night make no mistake about it, this film is a million times better than any other Christmas slasher film I have seen so far. In a small quiet town in Wisconsin, Santa Claus seems to be coming to town a day early and seems to know who has been naughty and nice. This film has some of the weirdest yet amusing one liners I ever heard, like one I felt could describe this film to a tee. "Once you see it, you can't unsee it". This film is a gore hound's wetdream, and there is no lack of killing, death scenes and fun ways to kill someone. I mean, the film starts off with an electric chair made out of Christmas lights.
Malcolm McDowell plays the town sheriff and you talk about someone who is having a ball in his role, Malcolm uses so many dopey and silly one liners that you will find yourself just waiting for what gem he will say next. When he keeps on describing a situation as putting toppings on a hamburger, you just sit there and think this is dark comedy fun. Jaime King plays the deputy who we learn is going thru a crisis of her own, this is her first Christmas single and she is spent trying to piece the puzzle together and stop the evil Claus. Jaime I was ready to write off after she followed up Sin City, with so many bad films till she got a second life with Mother's Day. And now this, she may have found her calling with these horror remakes.
The funny thing about this movie is that Steven with his wide range of characters touched on everything a small town could never ask for. Also, this film breaks a lot of taboos, and this viewer blesses them for doing so. A foul mouthed little girl gets killed in one of the more fun scenes of the film and when the mother of the girl talks to the police she claims that she did not wish for this to happen she just was hoping for some kind of break or something. Then, you have the perverted priest, who is also another scene stealer especially when in this town; every woman looks either like she stepped out of a modeling agency or off the pages of Playboy. Did anyone else ever notice that in this town, there is no lack of beautiful women and guys who are either drug users, dealers, clueless, perverts or drunks?
I think Steven made this film hoping for backlash, he wanted to give fans a fun horror film that had balls and did not care if it offended anyone. This film is what people expect when they see a slasher film and looks like all involved were having a blast with this film, and it shows when you watch it. This film gives so much fun, I mean I can go on and on about scenes that really shined in this film. When people think about Christmas films, they think of those films that your family or girlfriend drag you to with that feel good message and romance, thank god Steven made the cure for that with this film that is geared towards the horror fan. This film is bat shit insanity from start to finish, and if you sit there and you are not entertained by this very violent bloodbath full of hate, dark humor, cruelness and boobs then maybe you should seek out Four Christmases or something in that nature, this is by far the best Christmas themed horror film I have seen.
This is the rare case of someone following up a really great movie like The Aggression Scale with another great film Silent Night. In film much less horror, this feat these days is rare. All in all, this was a very fun film that offers something for every horror fan on your Christmas list. To me, this feels like the original and the one from the 80's feels like the inferior remake. This is a must see for all horror fans, perverts and anyone who is a fan of anything that pushes boundaries and does not conform to the norm. And fan boys, Steven heard your silent prayers he gives you a cameo of Jessica Cameron playing a nurse and Wanda from Todd and the Book of Pure Evil in some seductive outfit as well. This film has cult classic written all over it, and there is so much more I did not talk about like the topless chase scene, and the total brutality of the kills in this film. This film is vile, disgusting, perverted, cruel and full of humorous hate but damn if I was not entertained from start to finish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
There is nothing like a holiday slasher film to put one in the proper mood for Christmas-ween. The film opens with a double homicide without showing us Santa's face. It then builds the character of Deputy Aubrey Bradimore (Jaime King) who works for Sheriff Cooper (Malcolm McDowell) who doesn't want outside help with his homicide problem. While building Aubrey's character we are introduced to suspects such as the creepy priest, the bad Santa, and the talking catatonic Gramps.
The defining feature of a "Silent Night" film is the antler scene. I liked the original one far better. Likewise, the story was better developed in the original. In this remake, the characters are better developed, but lack good dialouge. It is certainly a viewable film and good addition to the collection. Ellen Wong plays a receptionist at the police department. She was Knives Chau, Scott Pilgrim's girlfriend.
Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Cortney Palm)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2012
Despite the name & a few nods to the original film, this has nothing to do with the first film. This was a very good slasher flick & the kills were very well done including the woodchipper death. The santa was very creepy with his plastic mask & the songs were haunting. The ending left it wide open for another movie, what a surprise. If you enjoy slasher flicks with a holiday theme then this one for you!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
Silent Night is a loose remake of the 1984 cult classic slasher film Silent Night, Deadly Night. It is good, and at times very good, but it does not top the original. The original had that 80's charm that this one lacks. It also had a better storyline as we got to follow the killer and see how he became a killer. In this one, we don't even know who the killer is until the end. I did like the mystery aspect, though. And Malcolm McDowell is a hoot as the deputy. I actually liked him in Rob Zombie's Halloween, even though many didn't. Here, McDowell is even better though. He acts like he's in a comedy instead of a horror film, hamming it up every chance he gets. There is some nudity, though not as much as in the 1984 original. In that movie, there were three women who got naked. In this one, there is only one. I do think that this version is a lot gorier, though. There are decapitations, stabbings, intestines, etc. If you are a slasher movie fan, I'd say to definitely check this one out. It's probably the second best slasher movie of 2012, topped only by the very fun Girls Gone Dead.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2015
No new ground is broken in "Silent Night". It's your standard slasher that relies on T&A, wooden dialogue, loud noise to make you jump, and poor character choices. No scares. No suspense.
Malcolm McDowell does his best with such witty dialogue as "Never bring a flamethrower to a gun fight", but he can't save this film. Especially when he's paired up with the deadpan Jaime King.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2013
This is a detailed review regarding the gore filled 2012 remake, Silent Night, with some in depth comparisons of the original 1984, Silent Night, Deadly Night, thrown in for good measure. It begins with a goofy short narrative of how dedicated I was just to get to a theater to see it...
Silent Night was a limited release movie when it came out in a handful of theaters. I ignored my instincts and had to go see this on the big screen; traveling to a small town north of Philadelphia, which was a nightmare in its own right... getting lost, almost tail ending another car, my girlfriend's dog puking while riding shotgun on her lap (the dog could not handle my quality maneuvering). It was like a dire warning of things to come. Finally getting within the vicinity, we slowly circled the mall in anticipation looking for the Cineplex that was showing this straight to tape torment like Clark Griswold fiending for a glimpse of Wally World from inside his gaudy green family truckster. I pulled the car in quick as a flash, holding back the urge to make a mad dash. We left her dog in the car with some water to sip, then headed toward the goal at the end of this trip. There it was, big and in lights, in bold block letters, Silent Night. I bought two tickets, my eyes full of glee, hoping for some awesomeness that we were about to see. We headed inside worried about finding a seat, but were really quite shocked not another soul making a peep. I played it cool and considered the reality; that we were about to view our own private showing...
As the screen went black and the end credits rolled I was in somewhat denial. We got up from our seats and shuffled out of the theater. This was Silent Night, a film I had been totally motivated to see due to the absolute and total dedication I have to the original and its first sequel. I have spread the joy of those two B movie gems for many years from coast to coast. I admit I was very cautious about this one amongst many of terrible 80's remakes and outright butcheries, but I put that to the side in hopes of this movie doing the original justice. Well, it goes without saying that by the conclusion of the film I had a few choice words that I had to get off my chest, "Punishment is necessary, it is good, it is absolute". Wise words of wisdom I had gathered from watching the original 84' classic since it first hit the video stores and viewed on the old VCR. I began weighing the pros and cons that flashed insistently for consideration.
Surprisingly, there were actually a few good things about this remake. Paying homage to the original mainly in the content of some of the creative deaths with a few twists added. There is an extra graphic method of brutal death utilized on a porn star... the wood chipper. This tool of terror was also employed in an episode of the late 80's television series, Friday the 13th: The Series; in the 1993 straight to tape horror flop, The Stepfather 3; and 1996's, Fargo. The addition of a flame throwing rampage was an added plus and bonus, but that is about where it ends sadly. The extreme gory blood bath that poured forth from the screen was the glue that held this sickened piece of celluloid together on the silver screen.
Right out of the starting gate I have to say that the acting was atrocious. Aside from the great gore effects this movie needed all the assistance it could muster. I really do not mind bad acting if it does not take away from the film and most of the time for a movie like this it can actually add some entertainment value. Jaime King's stale performance was about as gripping as watching flies on a turd. Even the great Malcolm McDowell, phoned in his sluggish performance.
Do not get me wrong, the original contained some pretty lame acting as well, but it was so bad it was good. The original also made up for this by several 80's character actors doing their damnedest to sell their part. A prime example is Will Hare (Enter the Ninja, Back to the Future), who played a off his rocker Grandpa for a short moment. Another example is B movie scream queen, Linnea Quigley (Savage Streets, Return of the Living Dead), who played the scantily clad and doomed Denise. Britt Leach (Weird Science, The Great Outdoors), played a likeable and naïve Mr. Sims. Mother Superior, played by Lilyan Chauvin, was pure evil and convincingly wretched; you actually begin to root for Billy to get his revenge...
In Silent Night, the overdose of Santas in town due to a Santa contest was supposed to assist the plot so that it was harder to identify the killer surrounded by fat fellow fans of the red and white suit. This totally fails and actually takes away from the bold image of a lone psychopath roaming the streets searching for his prey. Regardless, this same Santa killer is a ginormous corn fed fiend, who clearly wears a disturbingly odd looking mask, and is as vocal as a mime in that freakin gimp mask from Pulp Fiction. Sorry, but there is no mistaking who the killer is. (*Fans of the original are familiar with few appearances of other individuals dressed as Santa that were carefully used and actually assisted the plot)
Most importantly these A-holes would not even let the twisted killer utter the word I was itching to hear the entire film, not even once. NAUGHTY! Instead we received a lame and halfhearted, "Not nice". Are you freakin' kidding me... not nice? Come on! The whole time I kept telling myself to wait patiently, that this mute masked poor excuse for a killer Santa would get around to saying what needed to be said; a nice loud, "Naughty" or "Punish". I am guessing this is the result of pitiful rushed writing and bad influence from other classics such as Halloween and Friday the 13th (the originals, not the freakin' remakes). The masked silent killer works wonders in the right film and franchise, but not with this movie. There should be no confusion as to what motivates the killer if they would have stuck to a winning formula from the first film.
In the original 1984, Silent Night, Deadly Night, one of the characteristics that made the killer, Billy, more interesting and even garnered some sympathy was his well put together motivation. Witnessing the murder of his family, massacred by a deranged murderer dressed as Santa is what made him unbalanced to begin with. It did not help the issue by visiting his sick minded senile grandpa the same evening prior to the family's grave encounter and receiving a disturbing twisted take on what happens to those that have been naughty on Christmas Eve. This was further fleshed out and built upon by Billy and his little brother Ricky being raised in a Catholic orphanage in the middle of nowhere, Utah. The wicked and cold hearted, Mother Superior, who ran the orphanage with an iron fist clenching a rosary, dished out unlimited abuse upon the young boy without remorse. This mental and physical anguish added heaps of further torment to his fragile psyche. With his traumatic childhood full of violence and abuse it was no surprise when Billy finally snaps... the Christmas Eve night of unchecked punishment kicked off with a wisecracking supervisor dangling from a strong string of Christmas lights, boots violently kicking in their final death throws.
Now that prior description should get some of you enticed to buy Silent Night, Deadly Night: Parts 1 & 2 right here on Amazon. It is a deal at only $9.99 for both films together. Silent Night, Deadly Night
Again, this film relied heavily on the graphic gore effects galore to sell this canned ham to devoted fans of the original like me and hold it together in between a jumbled Jerky plot. When this one hits the $5 dollar garbage bin in the back of Wal-Mart then maybe I will give it another shot. Until then I will be content watching the two B movie gold nuggets of Christmas macabre that are still better after a quarter of a century.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I was surprised at who enjoyable "Silent Night" is. Is it as good as the original? To be honest, it's almost hard to call "Silent Night" a remake. Sure nutty guy dressed as Santa going on a killing spree is similar, but that would be like calling "Silent Night, Deadly Night: Parts 1 & 2" a remake of "Christmas Evil - Original Director's Cut" which had the same theme a few years earlier. There are a couple nods to the original film sprinkled here and there, but you this film sort of stands on it's own.
On a chilly Christmas ever in a small Wisconsin town, deputy Aubrey is forced to come into work after another deputy fails to show up. Setting off on patrol, it's not long before Aubrey begins finding the bodies left behind by a maniac dressed as Santa. In a town decked out for Christmas with dozens of people dressed as Santa, can Aubrey and the sheriff stop the killer before he strikes again?
If you are looking for a deep story, with a focus on character and plot....this ain't it. On the other hand if you want to see Santa stuff someone into a woodchipper, then pick this movie up by all means. The acting isn't bad, and while Malcolm McDowell is horribly mis-cast as a small town sheriff, "Silent Night" is worth watching just to see him chew up scenery. The F/X aren't bad, and while not terribly bloody, enough of the red stuff spills so that most gorehounds will be satisfied. Plus the movie earns bonus points for including a quick reference to "garbage day".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2013
If you love the cult classic 80s slashers from back in the day then im sure you will enjoy this modern rehash of a Christmas horror, its not really a remake of silent night deadly night its more of its own thing although there are a few nods to the original, the story is pretty straight forward as you would expect, a maniac is on the loose at Christmas taking revenge on those who have been naughty, it plays out well with a few twists and some great old school death scenes which some are very gory, the cast is pretty good and on a whole feels like your back in the day of cheesy slashers again, certainly worth a watch, it's the best festive horror in a while. This DVD is region 1 and the Bluray is A locked. There are a couple of good little extras too.