A Movie Review on Silent Night (2012)
I've never actually seen the original Silent Night, Deadly Night so when I heard about this remake it didn't really phase me as anything special. I knew I would eventually see it, but I was never too excited about it. It wasn't until I read all of the positive reviews about it that I became slightly excited to see it. A movie about a killer Santa killing people in really gruesome ways with good reviews? I don't know about you, but count me in. Silent Night is a very tongue-in-cheek throwback to those B-horror flicks from the 1980's.
The movie follows a town Sheriff (Malcolm McDowell) and Deputy (Jaime King) as they track down a serial killer dressed as Santa on Christmas Eve. With the town getting ready to celebrate its annual Santa parade, and hundreds of people dressed as Santa walking the streets, the Sheriff and Deputy must race against the increasing body count to track down and stop this killer Santa.
The first and most important aspect of this movie, and probably the only reason some of us will actually watch it, is the kills. They are bloody, brutal, and gruesome. The movie sports a body count of about 13 with two of them being a couple of the best I've seen all year. Wood chipper anyone? Except for a couple of them all the deaths are well deserving, even the 14 year old girl who is a complete witch (replace the w with a b). None of the kills are particularly original or creative, but are loads of fun to see. My only gripe about them is that every time the killer makes a kill he gets blood all over his Santa costume, but in the very next scene that he's in the blood is gone. It doesn't just happen once, but every single time.
The movie is full of dark humor, some which works and some that doesn't. The anti-christmas/anti-santa rant by a creepy pastor in the movie is an example of one that does work, even though it is complete over-the-top and absurd. Even Santa Jim, who instead asking kids what they want for Christmas makes them cry is amusing. If you're looking for some sort of plot here then you've come to the wrong place. Santa kills those who have been naughty. The end. There is a little more to it at the end, but I don't want to spoil too much for those who have yet to see it. The movie does have a somewhat satisfying ending, and leaves it open for a sequel, but who knows if we'll actually get one.
The performances in this movie range from being decent to completely over-the-top and absurd. Jaime King provides the decent performance as Deputy Aubrey, who lost her husband less than a year ago in some sort of accident. Her performance isn't anything to cheer about, but it feel real enough. Malcolm McDowell as Sheriff James Cooper delivers a very strange performance that is sometimes over-the-top and other times normal, but is entirely entertaining. The supporting cast does an overall decent job with Ellen Wong doing a great job as the dispatch/receptionist for the Sheriffs Department. Donal Logue gives us an amusing performance as Santa Jim who likes to make kids cry.
Silent Night is an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek B-horror movie that provides plenty of awesome, bloody, and gruesome deaths. There are some cringe worthy moments throughout, but it is an overall entertaining, decent holiday horror flick.
Directed by Steven C. Miller
Starring Jaime King, Malcolm McDowell, Donal Logue, Ellen Wong, Brendan Fehr, Lisa Marie, and Andrew Cecon
Rated R. Runtime: 94 Minutes