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  • Summary: The police force of a small Midwestern town searches for a killer Santa Claus who is picking off citizens on Christmas Eve.
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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: 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.
  4. 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.
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  1. 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, 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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  2. Jan 31, 2013
    4
    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. Collapse

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