Silent Night, Deadly Night: Parts 1 & 2
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Silent Night Deadly Night- After his parents are murdered a young tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior. Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2- Ricky the brother of the killer in the first film talks to a psychiatrist about how he became a brutal killer after his brother died leading back to Mother Superior.
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The thing that many people don't understand about this movie is that it is a low-budget attempt to "psychoanalyze" a serial killer. The filmmakers, like most of us, have/had very little actual knowledge about Freud's manipulation techniques. Just a basic concept of, Something bad happens in childhood, something bad will happen later in life. I think this movie does a great job of building a case for the killer's psychosis as a child. The trauma early in the film is a little overblown, but what the heck, this is a b-picture. Last time I checked, Fellini (s.p.?) wasn't the director, so what are we expecting, anyway? The scenes at the Catholic school do a great job of building sympathy for the young boy (Billy -- Has anyone else mentioned the possible connection between this guy and the Billy who calls the sorority in the original Black Christmas?). I feel sad for the kid when he's getting berated by the Mother Superior nun. When he finally cracks, goes bonkers, and punishes other people for being naughty, it makes sense.
Again, this is a B-picture. Hollywood didn't dump a gazillion dollars into the production. Some people with a little bit of money put this together and they did a fine job. If you've ever tried to make an independent picture, you know how difficult it is to even finish shooting a d*** movie, let alone putting it together in the editing room so that it makes sense. Give these folks a break. If you don't appreciate the spirit involved in genuine independent filmmaking, stick to the gazzilion dollar CGI overdoses at the multiplex. This movie is for connoisseurs of low-budget cinema.
I can't say much about the sequel. I watched it once and fell asleep.