Silent Night, Deadly Night

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DIRECTED BY: Charles Sellier

REVIEWED: 12-29-97

This early '80s slice-and-dice kicked up a snowstorm of controversy (Siskel and Ebert even went on the air to whine about how awful the filmmakers were). It was eventually pulled from theatrical release and received enough notoriety to merit four direct-to-video sequels. Apparently moms and pops across the country were a tad upset about the plot, which seemed to revolve around a killer Santa Claus. In their book-burning fervor, the protesters missed the true facts. It's actually about a psycho who dresses up like Santa and kills people. Sheesh. Bonus points are awarded for several "holiday"-themed killings including a Christmas light strangulation. Look for scream queen Linnea Quigley who gets impaled topless on a set of moose antlers (well, it's almost a reindeer). Silent Night, Deadly Night Part II recycles a full 40 minutes of the original!

--Devin D. O'Leary

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