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2.0 out of 5 stars HO HO HO and HA HA HA, January 12, 2005
This review is from: Silent Night Deadly Night / Silent Night Deadly Night: Part 2 (Double Feature) (DVD)
Ah yes, it's the film that brought the public masses into a furor not seen since The Last Temptation of Christ! It seems that the image of Santa with an axe, lobbing off heads and impaling topless B-movie queens onto antlers doesn't bring out tidings of comfort and joy. But as we all know, 99% of the protesters never saw the movie, so was the hulabaloo worth it?

SNDN starts off with a bang, as a poor little boy has one helluva Xmas eve. After being mentally traumatized by his senile grandfather who informs him that Santa punishes naughty kids, he then sees his father killed and mother raped by a deranged lunatic dressed up as Saint Nick.

Cut to several years later, and our hero is now a mentally unstable teenager, working in a store where he is forced to assume the role of, surprise surprise, Santa Claus. With his fragile sanity on the wain, he breaks down and assumes the role of the evil Santa that massacred his parents, extracting a bloody demise on all the "naughty" people.

It's tasteless, but SNDN is successful on several levels. The film contains a good amount of violence with some original killings (big thumbs up for Linnea Quigley!). Accidental humor also matches the tacky feel of the film (giving a bloody boxcutter to a "good" girl, Grandpa's hilarious speech about Santa). The concept of an evil Santa and/or murder on the Xmas holidays has been done before and done better (check out Black Christmas, THE quintessential holiday horror movie). It's a guilty pleasure movie, certainly not the coming of the anti-Christ that the protestors painted it to be. 4 Stars.

SNDN2- you could use this movie as a coaster for your drink. Mostly made up of flashbacks of the first SNDN, combined with one of the worst acting jobs I've ever seen- Ricky makes Sofia Coppolla look like Meryl Streep. If you must watch part 2, you can spend the time making a game out of how many times it looks like Ricky's eyebrows are going to fly off his face whenever he delivers a line. Naughty boys and girls should be forced to watch SNDN2, but that's just cruel punishment. 0 Stars.

Remember, "You see Santa Claus tonight you better run, boy!"
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Initial post: Oct 31, 2007 4:02:33 AM PDT
"Ricky makes Sofia Coppolla look like Meryl Streep." LMAO...that's brilliant!!!

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 3:53:50 PM PDT
compsciguy says:
I don't get the comparison to Sofia and Meryl. They are both talented people! Meryl is an award winning actress, and Sofia has made critically acclaimed movies!
What are you talking about?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2009 3:37:52 PM PDT
dej905 says:
Sofia's a very good and capable director. Her acting skills, however, are atrocious. Godfather 3 is an excellent example of this.
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