Silent Night

Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
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  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 30, 2012
    60
    The movie's intended audience will likely be satisfied by its parade of gory mayhem, cheap thrills and groan-worthy dark humor. Everyone else: You're on your own.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nov 30, 2012
    60
    This brisk reimagining of the 1984 slasher "Silent Night, Deadly Night" delivers the seasonal goods with admirable efficiency and not a little wit.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Dec 2, 2012
    50
    Trouble is, apart from some modestly inventive carnage and an undeniably humorous hambone turn by Malcolm McDowell, there's really nothing here to make genre fans dash through the snow (or maneuver through traffic) to megaplexes before the low-budget, high-concept Canadian production's Dec. 4 homevid release.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Nov 30, 2012
    50
    Remakes of '80s-era cult-favorite horror flicks seem to be all the rage these days. But they have to be better than this formulaic effort to replace the already not-so-great originals.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jun 5, 2015
    9
    “Silent Night” is an instant classic for fans of the Holiday horror genre and can stand alone from the original film in which it takes“Silent Night” is an instant classic for fans of the Holiday horror genre and can stand alone from the original film in which it takes inspiration from. This isn’t a direct remake, in fact in only minimally gives subtle hints to the original movie while creating a completely independent film that is just as dark and sinister. It is also very entertaining, filled with an atmospheric despair and solemnity on what should be a lighthearted, joyful night. The story is filled with tragic characters on a clear path to self-destruction which adds to the fact that horrors are unfolding in this small town that go far beyond your basic killer on the loose. After all Santa slays the naughty and there is no better place to find naughty souls than a town filled with despair. There are times when the action seems a bit rushed when it comes to scenes with the actual killer at work that is probably intentional because it also creates an element of unease and question surrounding the goings-on within the town.

    “Silent Night” creates a dark and intense story that doesn’t rely on black comedy to beg for acceptance from the audience. Instead of taking a tongue-in-cheek approach Miller has brought forth a very somber thriller that is suspenseful and serious. Something a lot of horror films shy from when it comes to slashers. The closest the film comes to comic relief is in Malcolm McDowell’s character who maintains a sterile, focused, Chuck Norris styled attitude about policing his town. The character is closer to the one he played in Rob Zombie’s “Halloween”. The blood and gore in this film isn’t over-the-top but Miller never shies away from the graphic kills or gory matter either. Everything about “Silent Night” is balanced and toned in a way that allows the story to draw you into the nightmare that plays out. There are a few scary moments where the element of surprise caught me off guard. I jumped back in my seat during a few scenes. This is a great slasher film that should not be considered a remake and should be an instant classic with the majority of horror fans.
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  2. May 28, 2015
    10
    Sinceramente acho que não merecia tantas criticas mitas. Silent Night é muito bom e defende com garra o gênero "serial killer" nos filmes deSinceramente acho que não merecia tantas criticas mitas. Silent Night é muito bom e defende com garra o gênero "serial killer" nos filmes de terror, já que a maioria hoje em dia é mal produzido e bem fraco. Silent Night é uma ótima produção com muito suspense, cenas bem feitas, e com uma pequena dose de comédia em alguns personagens, porém não deixando o terror de lado. Um dos melhores remakes já feitos que são melhores que o original. Um filme de terror completo. Nota 10. Full Review »
  3. Jul 1, 2014
    5
    Silent Night is a remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night in so much that it features a man in a Santa suit who kills people he deems naughty,Silent Night is a remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night in so much that it features a man in a Santa suit who kills people he deems naughty, and that's about all that even resembles the source material.

    The ridiculously grimy and disgusting outlook of the movie screams "over-stylized remake!" and it really doesn't do anything original that would separate it from all the other unnecessary slasher remakes.

    The cast of characters routinely showcases either unlikable or unmemorable puppets, with no unique characteristics, that we have the displeasure of following throughout the film. Why are people portrayed as such **** nowadays? Are we truly the piece-of-crap generation?

    Although, a little entertainment is sure to be squeezed out of Malcolm McDowell, his overacting pales to Eric Freeman's by comparison, but he's still worth having in the film. Another performance, that I found rather strange, was the portrayal of a spoiled brat. Honestly, this girl was a certified supervillain-in-the-making, and you can probably guess where she ended up.

    But unlike in the original, rather than going on an insane rampage in a fit of psychosis, Santa's Sleigh doesn't get completely out-of-hand as the motivations of the killer Santa are much more consistent, and this I liked. He never betrayed his naughty-list once.

    This movie sure as hell is not scary, or very engaging, but if you like gory-less-story slasher remakes, this one is, in my opinion, one of the best ones around.
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