Silent Night (2012)

Silent Night PosterReviewed by 42ndego

What better way to kick off the holiday season this year than with Stephen C. Miller’s Silent Night? A re-imagining of the 1984 Slasher classic, Silent Night, Deadly Night, Miller brings fans a new look at our beloved psychotic Santa Claus. Stepping away from the original story, Santa is now hunting down the ones who have done wrong by him, or those who have been “naughty.” The film also preserves scenes from the original just to reassure fans that this isn’t an entirely new film.

Aubrey Bradimore (Jamie King), a Midwestern Sheriff’s Deputy, works to track down the homicidal Santa Claus. Dealing with her discouraging Sheriff Cooper (Malcolm McDowell), Aubrey begins to question whether of not she’s cut out for her line of work. Regardless she is still eager to track down the one who pillaging her small town, and pushes on until she finds him.

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The film gets off to a good start, showing an unmerciful Santa picking off his victims one by one. But as the film moves along, you begin to realize that there’s a “frame by frame” effect, meaning that each killing scene is what makes up the meat of the film. Leaving very little room for story or character development. But that’s not to say that this film is entirely done for because, as the trailer suggests, it does deliver in the “blood and guts” department. From throwing a whore into a wood chipper, to splitting a brain dead teenager’s head wide open, you are left eagerly awaiting to see how the next victim will go.

Silent Night does good by standing out from the cookie cutter films out there today. But, unfortunately, it is not one that you will be watching over and over again.

Gore: 3 1/2 out of 5

Entertainment Value: 3 1/2 out of 5

Story: 2 out of 5

Overall: 3 1/2 out of 5

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