Silent Night – USA, 2012

‘He knows who’s been naughty’

Silent Night is a 2012 American slasher horror feature film directed by Steven C. Miller (Automaton Transfusion, Under the Bed, Scream of the Banshee) from a screenplay written by Jayson Rothwell. It is a very loose remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984). The movie stars Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King, Donal Logue, Ellen Wong and Rick Skene.

Plot:

Christmas Eve, Cryer, Wisconsin: The normally quiet town is bustling with activity as the the residents are getting ready for the big day. The events take place around the town’s annual Santa Parade, which has brought a record number of Santas to town.

Deputy Sheriff Aubrey Bradimore (Jamie King) is reluctantly stuck working the night shift, dealing with all of the drunken Santas, road closures, and stressed out locals — but things are about to take a deadly turn. A vicious serial killer, dressed as Santa Claus, has made his own “naughty list” and anyone on it is in big trouble.

As the body count rises, Aubrey races to discover the killer’s true identity – but in a town full of Santas, shady characters and dark secrets, finding the real murderer will take more than a Christmas miracle…

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

” …the revelation of the killer is a supreme letdown. It doesn’t ruin the movie, but it always feels a bit like a tainted experience when a murder mystery can’t stick the landing. That said, up until that point Silent Night has delivered a crazy little present for those of you who enjoy your Yuletide with side of darkly humorous murder and mayhem.” Arrow in the Head

” …Malcolm McDowell is a wonderful addition as the sheriff and Ellen Wong is good in her supporting role as the pretty and sarcastic police station receptionist Brenda. In all, this is a movie that in many ways improves on its predecessor, though that film does hold more of a special place in my black heart. Silent Night is a fun, bloody, and wild entry in the Christmas horror film subgenre.” Horrorfreak News

“Slasher films of late seem to have forgotten that they ought to be gory, outrageous and fun. Miller’s entry is the perfect example of these three elements and for that it deserves to be seen. There was criticism that it didn’t bring anything new to the table, but with so many failed attempts at updating the template, I for one was just relieved to see things done the right way.” A Slash Above…

“Logue is largely wasted as a Santa with a bad attitude, but King manages to keep a straight face as the put-upon heroine and Ellen Wong (from Scott Pilgrim) is a nice diversion in her rather marginalised role, and McDowell simply chews his way through every scene, relishing the assholery of his character. Fun, but fleeting and slight…” Vegan Voorhees

” …despite having a solid cast and magnificent horror kills, Silent Night does lack a little pizzazz that might have deemed Miller’s film an instant overnight cult classic […] These aren’t make or break moments, but inconsistencies throughout the film bring unintended humor even when the script doesn’t call for it.” We Got This Covered

Main cast:

  • Malcolm McDowell … Sheriff Cooper – Rob Zombie’s Halloween
  • Jaime King … Deputy Sheriff Aubrey Bradimore – Sin City, My Bloody Valentine 3D; The Tripper
  • Donal Logue … Santa Jim – Shark Night 3D, Blade
  • Rick Skene … Ronald Jones Jr. / Ronald Jones Sr.
  • Ellen Wong … Brenda
  • Andrew Cecon … Deputy Giles
  • Courtney-Jane White … Tiffany
  • Erik J. Berg … Dennis (as Erik Berg)
  • Tom Anniko … Mayor Revie
  • Mike O’Brien … Stein Karsson
  • Curtis Moore … Reverend Madeley
  • Adriana O’Neil … Mom
  • John B. Lowe … Dad
  • Ali Tataryn … Alana Roach
  • Brendan Fehr … Deputy Jordan – Final Destination
  • Cruise Brown … Ronald Jones Jr. as a boy
  • Clayton T. Stewart … Fake Santa #1
  • Aaron Hughes … Frank
  • Kelly Wolfman … Goldie Wallace
  • Cortney Palm … Maria – Zombeavers
  • John G. Carbone … Joe
  • Brian Richardson … Mr. McKenzie
  • Lisa Marie … Mrs. Morwood – Sleepy Hollow
  • Jessica Cameron … Nurse
  • James Juce … Bartender
  • Doreen Brownstone … Old Lady in Church
  • Lane Styles … Mindy Lu (as Lane Thiessen Styles)
  • Laura Cartlidge … Bratty Girl
  • Raychell Ruff … Regular Jane

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