Silent Night, Deadly Night
Charles E. Sellier Jr.
At a young age, Billy Chapman (Robert Brian Wilson) witnesses his parents murdered at the hands of a drunk madman in a Santa Claus suit. Billy and his brother Ricky are sent to an orphanage, where under the iron fist of Mother Superior (Lilyan Chauvin), Billy is further traumatized. Billy gets a job as a stock-boy at the age of 18, and finally snaps after being forced to put on a Santa suit for a holiday party. After murdering his co-workers, Billy steps out into the cold night to dispense punishment upon the ‘naughty.’
By 1984, the slasher movie was hitting its mainstream peek. On November 9th, two slasher films were released, one would go on to be a worldwide cultural phenomenon, the other would cruise by on a notorious reputation more than anything contained within the film. Both films would launch numerous sequels and a remake. One of those films was A Nightmare on Elm Street. (1984), the other, Silent Night, Deadly Night.
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So the question remains, was Silent Night, Deadly Night worth all this controversy?
The answer is: Not especially.
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Is Silent Night, Deadly Night worth watching? I’d say yes. Even though it is an unexceptional holiday slasher movie, it does occupy a unique spot in horror history as one of the most reviled films of the early 1980s. Silent Night, Deadly Night is a movie that does tap into the dark underbelly of despair that you can find around in the holidays, just don’t expect to enjoy the experience.