Silent Night, Deadly Night

Released 2008


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Charles E. Sellier Jr.
Silent Night, Deadly Night is the 1984 cult horror sensation that took the world by storm upon its release, is still as popular as ever today, and dares asks the question as to whether viewers have been naughty or nice. One eerie Christmas night, little Billy and his family pay Billy's nursing home bound grandfather a visit. When the family leaves Billy alone with the old man, the octogenarian comes out of his seemingly catatonic state to creepily warn Billy of the horrific dangers of Christmas and especially Santa Claus. The old man's admonitions seemingly y come true when the family is carjacked by a thief in a Santa Claus outfit, who murders Billy's entire family. Years later, an older Billy has spent the time in a orphanage presided over by the Mother Superior, who constantly punishes Billy for his acting out, not knowing that all his horrors stem from his fateful Christmas encounter. Years after, 18 year old Billy finally snaps when made to be a toy store Santa and goes on a killing spree on the night nothing is stirring.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Slant Magazine Eric Henderson

    Silent Night, Deadly Night brought the idea to new levels of cold sleaziness.

  • 40

    Washington Post Paul Attanasio

    Silent Night, Deadly Night takes off from the notion that Santa Claus is an ax murderer, but it never quite lives up to the delicious perversity of its premise. An idea this shocki...

  • 20

    Los Angeles Times Michael Wilmington

    It's fairly safe to predict that Silent Night, Deadly Night will start making "Worst Movies of All Time" lists almost immediately. It has all the prerequisites. A roaringly bad ide...

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Horror, Suspense


Cult, Slashers, Teen Terror, Gorefest