Silent Night Deadly Night (1984)
Directed by Charles Sellier Jr.

Starring Britt Leach Gilmer McCormick Lilyan Chauvin Robert Brian Wilson Toni Nero

Parents groups did this slasher film a huge favor when they protested it and demanding that theaters pull it.

The movie has a serial killer take on the identity of Santa Claus, stalking naughty girls such as scream queen Linnea Quigley. Audiences weren't all that interested—until parents had the film banned. As a result of the free publicity, the film was a runaway hit on video and spawned several sequels.

The film opens with a boy in 1971 witnessing his mother's rape and father's murder by a convict dressed up as Santa Claus. He winds up being raised by abusive nuns. "What the hell's wrong with that kid?" a guy in a Santa costume asks after being punched by the boy.

Of course, he grows up to be a psychopath who wears Santa garb instead of a hockey mask It all starts when his manager at a toy store forces him to wear a Santa costume at Christmas. "Stop kicking," he tells a kid. "I don't bring toys to naughty children. I punish them—severely."

After getting attached to his new identity as a homicidal Santa, he murders anyone he knows is having sex. Since that's a large percentage of the world population it isn't hard for him to find victims. At least he doesn't kill any kids. He hands one a murder weapon for Christmas, however. It's a sick movie and the producers knew it was going to piss a lot of people off. By protesting, parents groups played perfectly into their hands.

But is it worth seeing? Absolutely. Who can resist a movie where Santa has lines like "Punishment is necessary." But if you're really looking for a great holiday horror film, you should see "Black Christmas," a masterpiece. Look for Madeline Smith, of "Vampire Lovers" fame, as a nun.

Taglines included:

"You've made it through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas."
"Santa's Here!"
"He knows when you've been naughty."
"Shocking... disturbing... the movie they tried to ban."
"If 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' gave you sleepless nights, or if 'Halloween' made you jump in every shadow, or if 'Friday the 13th' was more frightening than others... THEN BEWARE!"

Followed by "Silent Night, Deadly Night 2." A remake is also in the works.

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-- Review by Lucius Gore

Posted by on June 25, 2009
This was a sick delight that I watch around the Christmas holidays! LOL

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