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In 1984, the slasher classic Silent Night, Deadly Night stunned audiences, was banned across America, and remains the most notorious Christmas movie in history. Now, Santa is back, and he’s got a brand new bag of tricks. As their small Midwestern town prepares for its annual Christmas Eve parade, Sheriff (Malcolm McDowell of Halloween) and his deputy (Jaime King of My Bloody Valentine 3-D and “Hart Of Dixie”) discover that a maniac in a Santa suit is murdering those he judges as “naughty.” Their sins? Porn, adultery, greed... And he will make sure they rest in heavenly pieces.
"Silent Night" is loosely based on the 1984 Classic "Silent Night, Deadly Night." It doesn't try to be a direct remake though it does pay homage to the original in various ways. The story this time around is about a local Sheriff and his Deputy in a small Midwestern town who are suddenly called into action on Christmas Eve when people start turning up dead. After doing some investigating the hot-shot Sheriff finds out that the serial killer is dressed as Santa but the problem will be finding him amongst all the other Santa's that are present for the annual parade.
"Silent Night" is Director, Steven C. Miller's third feature film, I really loved his film " The Aggression Scale" so I was really looking forward to seeing what he did with this remake. The plot is pretty simple, besides the obvious horror elements there's a bit of a mystery as well with finding out who the killer is but let's face it you're not going to watch this kind of film for it's story. This is a film that is all about the killings, you only want to see a lot of blood and guts in a film like this and I can tell you the film delivers on the gore and there are some very cool killings in it as well. To talk about the plot and the killings too much would only the ruin the fun for those of you that are looking forward to seeing but I can tell you that the film doesn't break any new ground and it certainly doesn't have the same impact as the original film did but I wasn't expecting it to. I was hoping for a fun little horror film with some nice kills and a decent story and that is what I got. I mean how cool is a Murderous Santa with a flame thrower?
The cast is another reason the film is so good, Malcolm McDowell is terrific as the Sheriff, he adds a lot of humor to the film with his classic one-liners and Jamie King is fantastic as his Deputy. All of the supporting cast did a great job as well in the film. The effects and and all other aspects of the production look fantastic, much higher than you might expect.
"Silent Night" is a fun little horror film with a bit of humor, some good suspense and most importantly some very cool and clever kills. You can't ask Santa for much more than that. Available on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, both come with Special Features that include:
SILENT NIGHT: Behind The Scenes
This is a fun horror film from beginning to end and one I highly recommend to all horror buffs out there.
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment
*** 3/4 Out Of *****