Silent Night,Deadly Night, 1984,USA
Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr
Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick & Toni Nero
Film #4 of The December Project
Its that time of year again, the time of Christmas majesty, the time to revisit all your favorite Christmas classics, such as this sleazy slasher and prelude to ''The Garbage Day'', 'Silent Night, Deadly Night'.
Young Billy has had a traumatic childhood, hes parents were brutally murdered by a theft dressed as Santa Clause, he was then forced to live in an orphanage along with his young brother, an orphanage ruled with an Iron fist by a Mother Superior. Billy tries his best to adapt to life, but every Christmas things get difficult as he sees the resemblance of the man who killed his parents. Billy cant take it anymore, and after being to dress as Saint Nick for a job, revengeful tactics take over and Billy punishes those who have been naughty.
'Silent Night, Deadly Night' is such a cruel minded film, It goes to great lengths to gain sympathy for its main character, and it does succeed in that. Billy is so mistreated throughout the early parts of this film, weather it be being abused by his insane Grandfather, being witness to his parents brutal murder, or being subject to mistreatment from Mother Superior, its very distressing and the audience definitely supports this character through these turmoils. But then Billy becomes a murder, honestly its quite understandable in terms of the film, is the audience right to continue supporting him ? every one he terminates is increasingly unlikeable, so are the filmmakers intending for its audience to continue supporting a murderer ? Its a strange thought and one I never really felt right with.
Despite its cruel intentions, 'Silent Night, Deadly Night' is an unintentionally hilarious film. In particular there is montage where Billy begins working at a toy store, it features completely unfitting music (Its always Christmas on the one side of the door!) as Billy is working at his new job, unbelievably hysterical scene that almost had me laughing out loud.
The film is very quick but its last half does drag and feel almost pointless, It felt like there was just no reason for this film, there is no great resolution, it so anti climactic and just a groaner. Luckily its dated humor make it semi watchable. The kills are quite simple as well, and lack unique special effects.
The characters in this film,other than Billy, are all one note asshole.Mother Superior is just like Nurse Ratched, or Nun Ratched! (see what I did there). Billy is the only character that is even remotely fleshed out here, the rest are instantly forgettable.
'Silent Night, Deadly Night' is a hilarious yet pointless viewing in my opinion, its overshadowed by the masterpiece that is its sequel, which I will be rewatching and reviewing very soon. There is nothing overly memorable here and I cant really recommend it, but I do recommend checking out that great montage!