Silent Night, Deadly Night

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

74Several disturbing events (chief among them seeing his parents murdered by a man in a Santa Claus costume) cause a young boy to grow up with some twisted ideas about Christmas.

Slasher pic puts together its psychopath piece by traumatic piece. The gradual build-up is actually more captivating than the violent release that follows. The climax doesn’t quite deliver the goods, and the movie as a whole needed to go just a bit further over the top. Still, well-made for its genre. Amusing use of off-brand holiday songs, probably because the film’s budget didn’t allow for the more popular ones.

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