Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)


“Can you believe this? It’s Christmas Eve and we got orders to bring in Santa Claus.” – Officer Miller

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After witnessing his parents being murdered by a maniac dressed as Santa, a young boy grows up in an orphanage yet begins to believe that Santa’s job is to punish the naughty.

My Take on it –  I accidentally came across this film recently and was curious to see if it has any merit to anything that it does.

Unfortunately the answer to that question is a very simple yet firm NO!!

This film was horrendous and the worst part about it is the fact that they touch upon some interesting psychological theme which they for some reason fail to explore properly.

This makes things even worse for this movie because it misses a great opportunity to dive into these issues from a different perspective.

The plot of the film moves along in a very strange way and doesn’t manage to find its footing at any point which in turn makes this quite a chore to watch because it fails to be interesting.

As a horror movie, they seem to have forgotten that they should try and make it scary and parts come across as being quite silly instead.

The biggest issue here is that the film starts off in an interesting fashion, yet fails to capitalize on the direction it seems to be going and a few minutes later derails itself by taking things in a completely different direction.

The wasted potential here is quite a shame and too much of the plot stays unexplained and seems too random and fails to find its way back on track.

Bottom Line – Another terrible horror film that actually has so much more potential than is realized because it brings forth certain psychological themes that actually would be more interesting to research more in depth.  The plot moves along in a very strange way and fails to make things entertaining in any way.  The story isn’t very scary which is problematic since this is classified as a horror movie. The movie starts off in an interesting fashion, yet hits a point not long afterwards where it feels as if it derails everything and takes so much away from the potential that this film has because much of what happens remains unexplained and somewhat random for the rest of the film.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – To protest the film, critic Gene Siskel read out loud the names of the companies that owned distributor Tri-Star Pictures on his and Roger Ebert ‘s television show, then said, “Shame on you.” He also called out the writer, director and producer and said, “You people have nothing to be proud of.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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One thought on “Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

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