Anchor Bay Films | Release Date: November 30, 2012
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juliankennedy23Jan 9, 2017
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. As targets for remakes go Silent Night Deadly Night is a pretty good choice. While fondly remembered by some as that film everyone was protesting way back when remaking the guilty pleasure few actually have seen seems a pretty sure thing. Of course, nothing can go sideways as quickly as an eighties horror remake (I’m looking your way Children of the Corn.) Silent Night avoids the various pitfalls of the genre to deliver a solid horror film with a good sense of humor and some great set pieces. Malcolm McDowell chews scenery admirably while Jamie King is solid as the straight woman lead. The film rises above the average with the chase of Cortney Palm ending in a Fargoesque way is so well done it simply raises the film well above the average. That scene along with some impressive stunt work throughout and a story that doesn’t get in the way of the fun creates a film that is simply better than it had to be. An entertaining time if Santa slashing various townspeople entertains you. Expand
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A_So_Horror_FanJun 5, 2015
“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“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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TarquezzMay 28, 2015
Sinceramente 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 produçãoSinceramente 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. Expand
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StrangerinaJul 1, 2014
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
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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ILHMJan 31, 2013
Santa Claus is coming to town, and he is packing a special surprise for all of the naughty little girls and boys... Police Sheriff Aubrey Bradimore is left to find this psycho Santa before he slashes his way through town on Christmas Eve!Santa Claus is coming to town, and he is packing a special surprise for all of the naughty little girls and boys... Police Sheriff Aubrey Bradimore is left to find this psycho Santa before he slashes his way through town on Christmas Eve! SILENT NIGHT is bottom of the barrel Slasher filth with few redeeming qualities. Steven C. Miller is sure to include all of the gratuitous nudity and gore that fans would have come to expect from a SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT remake, but without any of the more entertaining elements that made the 1984 film a cult-classic and Christmas tradition. The few characters and loose plot points that do exist are entirely inconsequential to the film, and serve only as filler between the bloodshed. One would hope that Miller would then overcompensate for the lack of substance with a series of jaw-dropping death scenes, but even these are mild and unmemorable at best. SILENT NIGHT has very little chance of surviving the holiday season once it is taken off the store shelves and forgotten. Expand
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