Film / Silent Night
I'm dreaming of a bright Christmas.

Stein Karsson: Let me tell you about Christmas. It ain't all candy canes and pretty lights. Christmas can fuck you up. I heard this story. This fella was pissed that his wife left him on account of him being a dull man. She took up with a more exciting fellow. The husband was distraught. He went to the party they were at dressed as Santa, took with him a weapon, one he made with his own hands. And he set about killing them that was naughty. The wife's boyfriend ran, left her behind. She begged for forgiveness, pleaded for her life. He had no mercy for sinners, burnt 'em to a crisp. He's still doing it too, every year a new town.
Deputy Aubrey Bradimore: Everyone knows that story. It's an urban legend.
Stein: It ain't. Have you been a naughty girl, deputy?

Because it's that time of the year, sheriff! Yeah, Christmas, when people go off the deep end. Yeah, you know why. 'Cause they spend too much, and they drink too much, and they eat too much, and they think too much. And they look around at all that fake fun and happy laughter, and they go, "Where the fuck is my cup of joy, huh?!"
Jim Epstein

Silent Night is a 2012 Slasher Movie, and a loose remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night.

A killer Santa is killing anyone he deems naughty in a small town, and the law desperately seeks to stop him.

NOT to be confused with the Pulitzer-winning opera of the same name.

This film has the examples of:

  • An Arm and a Leg: Mrs. Roach's dismembered remains are found in the Watson house, and Maria has a leg chopped off with an axe.
  • An Axe to Grind
  • Bad Santa: The killer, Jim, and Stein.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: The Santa mask.
  • Boom, Headshot: Stein's death.
  • Corrupt Church: Reverend Madeley skims from the collection plate and hits on young female parishoners, and wonders why nobody is showing up to church anymore.
  • Crapsack World: Turns out the small town is one, even lampshaded by Sheriff Cooper when he expresses since when the town has gotten so sleazy.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Deputy Jordan is electrocuted to the point of his eyes exploding, like Chip in Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2.
    • Deputy Giles is stabbed in the eye with a scythe.
    • Jim punches Santa in the face so hard it appears to cause one of the killer's eyes to bleed.
  • Fair Cop: Bradimore.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • Deputy Jordan: Say something!
    • Bratty Girl: I didn't ask for that...
    • Goldie: What's this?
    • Frank: Yeah, that's it. What?
    • Maria: Please!
    • Reverend Madeley: Sin is the reason our savior Jesus Christ was born!
    • Tiffany: Stop trying to scare me, asshole! You know what, I'm over this now.
    • Dennis: Tiffany?!
    • Stein: Don't make laugh. We both know you don't have it in you.
    • Deputy Giles: Hello?
    • Sheriff Cooper: Oh, big mistake, bringing a flamethrower to a gunfight.
    • Jim: Oh, not nice? I'm sorry!
  • Final Girl: Aubrey Bradimore.
  • Fingore: Rev. Madeley gets three of his fingers sliced off.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: The killer has a flamethrower at his disposal.
  • Flamethrower Backfire: This is how the modern killer Santa's father died, being engulfed in flames after he and his homemade flamethrower were shot.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: Mr. Bradimore's death.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The deaths of Bratty Girl, Goldie and Tiffany.
  • Jerk Ass: The Teenage Girl, Santa Jim, Stein Karsson and Sheriff Cooper.
  • Lightning Gun: Santa tases Bratty Girl.
  • Lock and Load Montage
  • Lost in a Crowd: A killer in a Santa costume is loose... in a town full of people in Santa costumes.
  • Man on Fire: Mrs. Jones, Sheriff Cooper, the killer (though he survives) and his father (he isn't as lucky).
  • Ms. Fanservice: Maria and Tiffany.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • While being visited by his grandson, the catatonic Old Man McKenzie springs to life and warns "Christmas Eve is the scariest damn night of the year!"
    • Tiffany is hoisted onto a mounted deer head's antlers. Afterward, Santa gives her confused little sister a bloody gift.
    • While taking out the trash, Deputy Giles mutters, "What is this, Garbage Day?"
  • Pet the Dog: After killing Reverend Madeley, Santa gives the donation money the corrupt preacher stole to an elderly parishioner. He also gives Tiffany's little sister a candy cane (albeit a bloody one).
  • Police Are Useless: Sheriff Cooper is ridiculously incompetent and still gives sermons about the police work. Makes you wonder how he became sheriff.
  • Power Fist: Jim has his head beat in with brass knuckles that read "Ho Ho Ho".
  • Raging Stiffie:
    Giles: Maybe he got a boner.
    Bradimore: Ugh.
    Giles: Kids are squirming in his lap all day. It's bound to happen sooner or later.
  • Really Gets Around: Mrs. Roach.
  • Sanctuary of Solitude
  • Serial Killer
  • Sexy Santa Dress: These are worn by some carolers, and Tiffany.
  • The Sheriff: Cooper.
  • Sinister Minister: The perverted and greedy Reverend Madeley.
  • Sinister Scythe: One of these (with a candy cane handle) is used to kill Goldie, Frank and Deputy Giles.
  • Smug Snake: Stein Karsson.
  • Suddenly Voiced: After Jim punches him in the face, Santa yells "Not nice!"
  • Titled After the Song
  • Too Dumb to Live: Santa Jim is a shining example. He keeps taunting a guy who is holding an axe. And then he badmouths Christmas..
  • Twisted Christmas
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The tale Stein spins about a man who donned a Santa suit and used a homemade flamethrower to attack a Christmas party attended by his ex-wife was presumably based on the Covina massacre.
  • Villain Opening Scene: Santa electrocuting Deputy Jordan.
  • Vomiting Cop: Bradimore, when she finds what's left of Deputy Jordan.
  • With Due Respect
  • Would Hurt a Child: One of the victims is bitchy tween.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Sheriff Cooper seems to think he is in a comedy.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Mrs. Roach, and Mrs. Jones.