g” alt=”” width=”286″ height=”450″ />Now Silent Night Deadly Night is an interesting one for me… Like Sleepaway Camp (1983), I unfortunately was unable to get in to the series starting with the first one…
I got in to the sequel when I was looking for movies to watch on Halloween one year (That is the good thing about Christmas/Horror movies, you can watch them either on Christmas or on Halloween!)
With that in mind though I ended up liking Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2 so much that like some of these other hard to find horror goodies, I just had to find the first one to at least know what I was missing! Fortunately though when I did finally find the first one on DVD, that I really enjoyed this movie, and being a horror movie fan, is one of my favorite Christmas movies to watch!
Written by: Michael Hickey (Tusks) and Directed by: Charles E. Sellier Jr. (The Annhiliators). Starring: Robert Brian Wilson (Matt Houston), Danny Wagner, Jonathan Best (Treasures In Heaven), Lilyan Chauvin (Born In East L.A.), Gilmer McCormick (The Burning Bed), Max Broadhead, Alex Burton, Melissa Best, and Linnea Quigley (The Return Of The Living Dead).
Now this movie tells the tale of a family torn to pieces by Santa Clause…
Now I don’t mean the literal Santa Clause, no in this case I mean that during a fateful trip to visit the crazy patriarch of the Chapman family. No during this meeting a young Billy (At this point Billy is played by Jonathan Best). is left alone with his seemingly comatose Grandfather. Now during this time Billy’s Grandfather, decides to scare the hell out of his poor grandson about the hidden evils of Christmas…
But Billy doesn’t at present seem to be to terribly fazed by the whole event and as a matter of fact on the way home he seems to be pretty happy go lucky. And speaking of heading home, on their way home, the Chapman’s come across a stranded motorist that is dressed up in a Santa’s costume.
Now you got to understand that this is no ordinary Santa. He had recently held up a convenience store and would be willing to kill if he has to. But the Chapman family doesn’t know this!
So thinking that everything is fine, the Chapman’s decide to pull over to see if the stranded motorist could use some help. Well at first this killer Clause decides to try and hold the family up, but when the father tries to get away, the Killer Santa kills him with a couple of gunshots through the windshield of the car. After this, the killer Santa decides to finish off the mom by dragging her out of the car and rapping her and then slitting her throat!
All during this time Billy is watching as his parent are brutally massacred and this horrifying Santa Clause takes off with the family car…
Now with Billy’s little brother Ricky the only family that Billy has left, both of them are sent to a brutal catholic orphanage, where the now slightly insane Billy will get worse and worse as he gets older and given ‘punishment’ by the sadistic mother superior, until one day when he will give his small town a Christmas that no one will ever forget!
Now what I like about this movie, and what I do think makes this an awesome b movie is a couple of things:
1. I like this story, I mean this story is so well crafted that despite the fact that you hope they get rid of the killer, you still kind of feel sorry for him, seeing the type of abuse he suffered!
2. This movie was highly controversial, and was boycotted by parents across the nation, to the point where even Siskel and Ebert decided to attack this movie on their show, due to its depiction of Santa Clause as a killer… (Obviously making it a damn fine movie!)
With that said fright fans, if you are looking for a fun horror movie to watch on Christmas, then I do recommend this one!