Film / Silent Night

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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?

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.
  • Bad Santa: The killer, Jim, and Stein.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: The Santa mask worn by the killer gives this effect.
  • Boom, Headshot: Stein's death.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Jim Epstein'a big speech when he's put into holding cell for being a suspect for the murders.
    Jim Epstein: 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?!"
  • 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.
  • Fingore: Rev. Madeley gets three of his fingers sliced off.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: The killer has a flamethrower at his disposal. It is what his father used to kill his ex-wife, after all.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
    • Averted with Bradimore.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Suddenly Voiced: After Jim punches him in the face, Santa yells "Not nice!"


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