Silent Night, Deadly Night
Paul Caimi and Michael Hickey
Charles E. Sellier Jr.
Lilyan Chauvin as Mother Superior
Gilmer McCormick as Sister Margaret
Toni Nero as Pamela
Robert Brian Wilson as Billy Chapman (age 18)
Britt Leach as Ira Sims
By Ronnie Angel
In 1984 a horror movie was released that served as a true milestone in the horror genre. This movie was so controversial on release that it was widely boycotted and protested causing the movie to be pulled from theatres. To this day many countries still ban screenings of this movie. What movie could cause this much uproar? Why, one of the greatest horror movies of all time, Silent Night Deadly Night!
I must start by saying that while a truly, truly great horror film, Silent Night, Deadly Night is as seriously twisted as you might expect, so be prepared. The movie begins on Christmas Eve as a family makes their way through Utah to visit loony grandpa in the old-folks home. Grandpa sits in complete silence at all times, until the adults are away. Once alone with oldest son Billy, Grandpa warns him that if he sees Santa he should run far, far away.
On the way home the family actually comes across a Santa on the side of the road with car trouble in the snowy night. It turns out that this Santa is a very naughty escaped criminal in a Santa suit who proceeds to murder the parents and tries to kill Billy and his younger brother. The boys both escape into the woods.
Later the two boys find themselves living in a very strict orphanage run by an insanely sadistic old nun who punishes the boys, especially Billy for every little indiscretion she sees in twisted ways.
Now fast forward to 1984, and Billy has turned 18 and gets a job at the local toy store with help of a nicer nun. For a while things go great for Billy and he seems to adjust well to life outside the orphanage…Until Christmas time hits. Understandably, Billy always suffers intensely around Christmas time.
To make matters worse, the toy store manager makes Billy dress up as Santa on Christmas Eve for the kids coming in. You can probably see where this is going already. One thing leads to another and Billy snaps like a rubber band, killing all the other employees at the store before taking his murderous rampage to the cold, snowy streets and killing everyone in his way (and some who really are not in at, and topless again, horror movie role), in an attempt to slowly work his way back to the orphanage to take out the sadistic nun who tortured him for years. Once he gets to the Orphanage is when the movie gets really exciting.
I have to say, Silent Night Deadly Night is a great horror movie! It has all the traditional elements of a good horror movie, including good acting (for the most part), setting, story background, and most importantly, believability (to a certain degree). Robert Brian Wilson plays the part of Billy very well, giving him a very human side behind a very creepy killer. Just as in Black Christmas where the dead silence of winter sets an effective horror tone, Silent Night, Deadly Night capitalizes on the surroundings and visuals.
Of course, to enjoy Silent Night Deadly Night you must get past the fact that the jolly traditions of Christmas are turned into a murderous nightmare. Watch this one over the holidays with the lights out…just not the sequel, which is just a series of flashbacks from the original with some other nonsense thrown in.
Silent Night, Deadly Night is a must for any horror fan.