Continuing with our month-long celebration of decking the halls with bowels and squalor...
SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984)
The film’s notorious ad campaign is the stuff of legend. The movie itself? 's actually pretty good by slasher standards, with director Charles E. Sellier and screenwriter Michael Hickey providing plenty of gore, gratuitous nudity and even a nifty plot twist or two.
After his parents are murdered by crook in a St. Nick outfit, young tormented teenager Robert Brian Wilson is sent to stay at an orphanage where he is mercilessly abused by Mother Superior Lilyan Chauvin.
Ultimately, he goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, claiming “naughty” victims right and left. In one of the most memorable sequences, oft-topless scream queen Linnea Quigley shows off her bountiful assets before being impaled on a set of antlers.
(made you look closer, didn't I?)
Followed by four sequels, only the first two of which carry on the Killer Santy storyline in any fashion whatsoever. The first follow-up, Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987), utilizes an exorbitant amount of flashback footage from the original - nearly half its running time!
Special note: This Saturday (yes, TOMORROW!), as part of their Holiday of Horrors film fest at the Portage Theater, the cool cats at Horror Society will be screening Silent Night Deadly Night from a 35mm print! Don't miss a rare opportunity to see this holiday classic on the big screen surrounded by like-minded folks who like a little terror with their tinsel...
Visit http://www.horrorsociety.com/festivals for more details