Available now on Netflix UK
I love slasher films, even trashy ones.
After Billy (Robert Brian Wilson) witnesses the murder of his parents by a man dressed as Santa Clause he is sent to live in an orphanage. Things go from bad to worse as his childhood trauma is made worse by well- meaning nuns until he manages to get a job in a toy store. Considering Billy is a boy with a deathly fear of all things Christmas you would have thought he’d have chosen a different career path- but whatever you think is best, Billy.
His fear reaches it’s climax when he has to dress up as Santa for the toy store (as if we didn’t all see this coming Billy, you idiot). He finally snaps, and goes on a murderous rampage screaming “Punish” and “Naughty” whenever he gets the opportunity. There’s no great acting, and no great visual elements- aside from the odd kill that often ends up being more funny than disturbing in its ridiculousness, and yet it’s still an okay film.
There’s no mystery to the killer in Silent Night, Deadly Night, within ten minutes you can tell exactly where this movie is going- but I’m not mad at that. Sure, the whole thing is more ridiculous than scary but that’s what makes movies like these fun to watch.
There’s no real reason as to why you should watch this movie, it’s trash from beginning to end, but it’s good trash. A movie to laugh at if nothing else.
2/5 — Because I liked it way more than I should have.