Who doesn’t love a darker twist on Christmas? When dreaming of a white Christmas, why not have some bloody red snow and pieces of tinsel hanging from shards of brain splatter too! There is one classic that fits the bill and this week it turned Thirty-Two! The orignal SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT.
Released by TriStar Pictures on November 9, 1984, the film received poor reviews in the days that followed its release. Controversy ensued due to what some considered “advertising deceptions.’ This led to the film being pulled from theaters a week after its release. Proving there is absolutely an audience outside of theaters, SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT found countless admirers which gave birth to a loyal cult following !!!
Interesting fact : On its opening weekend, the film outgrossed Wes Craven’s landmark slasher A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, which opened the same day. Before being pulled from theaters, it grossed $2,491,460 at the box office, still making the film a success against its $750,000 budget. (Factoid via Wik)
Cast included Robert Brian Wilson as Billy Chapman (age 18) Danny Wagner as 8-year-old Billy , Jonathan Best as 5-year-old Billy. Alex Burton as Ricky Chapman at 14, Max Broadhead as 4-year-old Ricky, Melissa Best as Infant Ricky
Along with Lilyan Chauvin (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN )as Mother Superior, Gilmer McCormick (THE BURNING BED) as Sister Margaret, Britt Leach (WEIRD SCIENCE) as Mr. Sims, Nancy Borgenicht (HALLOWEEN 4 THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MICHAELS) as Mrs. Randall, Linnea Quigley (RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD) as Denise and Leo Geter (THE STAND) as Tommy
Directed by Charles E. Sellier and screenplay by Michael Hickey.
“The plot of SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT should be simple, but it’s painfully complicated. We begin with a kid named Billy who witnesses the murder of his parents on Christmas Eve. The killer is a drunk dude dressed as Santa Claus, which naturally makes Billy associate Santa (and Christmas time in general) with murder and mayhem. So then there’s a smash cut to a few years later at an orphanage where Billy is at the mercy of an abusive nun. He draws a picture of some reindeer being slaughtered and then snoops on two way-too-old orphans having sex, which earns him a lashing. Following an unfortunate incident with another visiting Santa Claus, we smash cut to grown-up Billy working at a toy store and dressing up as Santa for Christmas. (You can see where this is going.) He witnesses one of his fellow employees trying to rape another, snaps, and goes on a killing spree that ultimately ends with him going after the nun in the orphanage.” ~Kyle Anderson EW
If you’d like to snuggle by the fire, hot chocolate beverage in hand and enjoy a holiday horror classic…this one definitely is recommended!