"Santa's watching, Santa's waiting..."Silent Night, Deadly Night
is a 1984 Slasher Movie
On the way home from visiting his institutionalized grandfather (who warns him that Santa punishes naughty children severely), little Billy Chapman witnesses his father being shot to death by a drunken criminal dressed as Santa, who kills Mrs. Chapman by slitting her throat after trying to rape her moments later. Placed in an abusive orphanage with his younger brother, Billy has puritanical morals drilled into him by the tyrannical mother superior. Growing up, Billy eventually gets a job at a toy store but, when the Christmas season comes roaring in, he ultimately snaps and, believing himself to be jolly old Saint Nick, goes around murdering people he deems naughty (essentially everyone).
Despite there being several Christmas-themed horror films released before, Silent Night, Deadly Night
was the one that caused the Moral Guardians
to froth at the mouth in rage over the film depicting Santa Claus as a villain
. The film was pulled from theatres quickly, but found a cult following on home video and was followed by four sequels: Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2
in 1987, Silent Night Deadly Night III Better Watch Out
in 1989, Initiation Silent Night Deadly Night 4
in 1990, and Silent Night Deadly Night 5 The Toymaker
After being in Development Hell
for years, a remake (simply called Silent Night
) was completed in 2012; it stars Malcolm McDowell
, Jaime King, Donal Logue
, and Ellen Wong.
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