Bottom Line: I would recommend that horror fans check this out simply to see what the controversy is. Looking forward to the sequel, all I can say. He is a product of his environment, and while he may not induce much compassion as he begins to pull a box cutter on a child, he is a sad case of the effects child abuse can have on a human, and generates empathy despite his heinous crimes. Large crowds mostly angry families formed at theaters and malls around the nation to protest the film; at the film's East Coast premiere at the Interboro Quad Theater in in , protesters picketed the theater and sang in protest. Retrieved July 27, 2016 — via Amazon. The first release was a disc alongside sequel in 2003.
This finally, psychologically, triggers his insanity. At the hospital the two staff members butchered by Ricky are found by Lieutenant Connely and Newbury who begin trying to track Ricky down, realizing he is drawn towards Laura after surveillance camera footage shows him uttering her name. That was a wise move because this movie is definitely not for children! Billy, now a grown, big-built lad works in a toy store. So he goes on a killing spree wearing a Santa suit. The point I'm trying to make is they do attempt to craft a story here rather than just give you 90 minutes of splatter.
Deck the halls with bloody slaughtering, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Ricky plans a mission to accomplish what Billy failed to do, which was to kill Mother Superior. The lead character, Billy, embarks on the killing spree in the Santa suit for a good reason. He's on his way to visit the Mother Superior and settle an old score. It wasn't just ultra-conservative Christians that fought to have this movie banned: even Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel shamed the entire cast and crew on their show. Just shows that a good slasher film can be made if people can be arsed. After seeing his parents murdered in front of him a young bit spends most of his life in an orphanage where he is abused by the mother superior when he turns into a teenager he gets a job as a department store santa and when he sees two people having sex in the store he gets flashbacks when his parents and when he can't take it anymore he turns into a santa serial killer.
When this came out in 1984 many people parents in particular were outraged that a movie featuring a killer Santa was being shown. The common criticism that slasher pics evoke sexual fantasies in the viewers finds good support here. Not only that, the man shot the kid's dad in the head and tried to rape his mother before slitting her throat while the boy watched. The murder of Billy's parents was a frightening scene, and some of the murders were pretty effective. When this happens he goes crazy and starts killing people left and right. When we got the tape home we debated about even watching it.
She wakes up surrounded by Jane, Fima, Katherine, and Li. Theatres showing it were picketed and the film was hastily withdrawn by the distributors. You have to ask yourself this question. Even a quarter century later, TriStar refuses to let this sludge lie in garbage heap and continues to shove it into our faces under the outdated banner. On the building roof, Kim is asked to stab Lonnie; instead, she stabs Fima.
After this, he witnesses bullies picking on two sledding teenage boys and decapitates one of the bullies with his axe as the other screams in horror. Or why not the sleazy way the women were depicted? Lee Harry, the director of the sequel, even states in commentary that it seems as though the women were only placed in the film to be abused by the men. You've Made it Through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas Ah, Christmas. But the best part about it were the puns and tag lines. I'm a horror nut and I love 80's slasher movies. So starting off I didn't look forward to watching it, but this is totally different from what I expected.
Horror fans will also want to look for scream queen Linnea Quigley as a babysitter in another memorable scene. As Sister Margaret discovers the carnage and returns to the orphanage to seek help via telephone, Billy breaks into a nearby house where a young couple named Denise and Tommy are having sex and a little girl named Cindy is sleeping; Billy then impales Denise on a set of deer antlers before he throws Tommy through a window. I actually mixed this installment and it's sequel up, and I only saw reviews for Deadly Night sequel, and apparently it sucks, but if I do a review for that movie, I'll get around to it. Then Christmas Eve arrives, and the man who is meant to dress up as the shop's Santa is indisposed, so Billy is asked to don the costume and to assume the role. The guy is merely thrown out the second story window.
Janice is there, and welcomes her to the family. That is, until the night Crew attempts to murder her in their family house. That night he sees a killer dressed in a Santa suit murder his parents. A fun game also to play during this film is counting the unnecessary boob shots - there are many. After the store closes, the staff has a Christmas Eve party.
Five year ol Billy n his family visit his catatonic grandpop n while his parents were away in the doc's cabin, his grandpop awakens n tells Billy to be afraid of Santa as he punishes the one who r naughty. Director Lee Harry said he demanded that a new film be shot, though he did not have the budget to create an entirely new story. Silent Night Deadly Night is another entry in the long list of eighties slashers, and while some may see it as nothing more than Friday the 13th featuring Santa Claus instead of Jason, it differentiates from other slashers in several ways. Naturally, this messed with the kid's head, so one day when he's finally all grown up, Christmas time comes along at his job and someone has to dress up as Santa Claus. Ricky, wearing a mask, rapes Kim.
The shattering death scenes are very callous and there's an extremely seedy touch lining it. But when Crew Daniel DiTomasso invites his girlfriend Sara Kate French into the family, distrust begins to bubble between the siblings. While the underlying message the holiday carries with it of caring for one another has been overshadowed by companies desperate attempts to launder more money out of consumers, the holiday-themed films often still carry these reaffirming messages. By the end of April, principal photography was done, editing was done in May with Hellman taking time out to go to the , and by July 1989 there was an screened at a film festival. He frees her legs from a brittle cocoon-like substance and covers her as best as he can. As the trio head off to Granny's they fail to notice Ricky who can hear Laura thanks to the mental link formed between them following them.