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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 starring Jaime King, Malcolm McDowell, Donal Logue, Ellen Wong, and Brendan Fehr.

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: The killer Santa uses a double-bitted axe as his primary weapon.
  • Bad Santa: The killer, Jim, and Stein.
  • Bathroom Breakout: Maria attempts to escape from Santa by climbing the motel bathroom window. She falls out of the third storey window and lands on a pile of trash bags on the wasteland behind the motel.
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  • Black Eyes of Evil: The Santa mask worn by the killer gives this effect.
  • Body in a Breadbox: While searching the abandoned house, Deputy Bradimore finds Mrs. Roach's hand in a drawer; still clutching her ringing phone. The rest of her body is found in other pieces of furniture in the room.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Stein's death.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: One of the victims is a snotty teenage girl who knocks her mother's heart pills out of her hand and and demands to be taken to the mall.
  • Calling Card: The killer Santa leaves a red and white gift box containing a piece of coal with his victims.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Jim Epstein's big speech when he's put into a 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?!"
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  • 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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Maria gets her leg chopped off, then gets fed into a wood chipper. Foot-first.
  • Deus Ax Machina: During the climatic battle, Deputy Bradimore grabs a fire axe from a cabinet inside the burning police station to fight Santa, who is wielding an axe of his own.
  • Disconnected by Death: Sheriff Cooper is on the phone to Mayor Revey when the killer Santa garrottes the mayor with a string of Christmas lights. However, Cooper is so wrapped up in what he is saying that he fails to notice, assumes the mayor's phone has cut out, and hangs up.
  • 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.
  • 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, who starts in lingerie and then flees from the Killer Santa topless, and Tiffany, who spends the whole movie in a Sexy Santa Dress.
  • 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?"
    • The killer's Start of Darkness was witnessing the death of his parents, which involved a criminal dressed as Santa, except this time, his father was the criminal Santa.
  • 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.
  • Ready for Lovemaking: Tiffany sprawls herself on the bed in her red lingerie, waiting for her boyfriend.
  • Really Gets Around: Mrs. Roach. Giles comments that she is supposed to be sleeping with half the men in town.
  • 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child: One of the victims is a bitchy tween, who gets electrocuted with a cattle prod, then impaled with a fire poker.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Sheriff Cooper seems to think he is in a comedy.


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