Blu-ray Review: SILENT NIGHT
By Dave Dreher
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Dec 2, 2012 - 8:04:33 AM
Ah, tis the season.
Home made cookies and candies, the tree in the corner, a light snow
falling out side and Santa with his wood chipper.
Yeah, brings a tear to my eye.
The mashing up of horror and the Holiday season has never
really been a big hit. Sure, you've got
the original Black Christmas but really, what else is a genre fan to do when
they want a little blood on the tinsel?
This season there is an answer to that age-old
question. SILENT NIGHT hits home video
this coming week and not a day to soon.
A loose and let me stress, loose remake of the original (dare I say it)
classic SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT this one has found the sweet spot of being
the gore hounds perfect Christmas gift.
Following the slasher formula from the good old days SILENT
NIGHT weaves the tale of a psycho Santa that has taken things into his own
hands and is handing out more than just a hunk of coal to those he has deemed
naughty. From its brutal opening scene
to the last frame SILENT NIGHT is a non-stop, blood filled assault on the
viewer. No punches are pulled, nothing
left to the imagination. This is a balls
out slasher flick. The killer just
happens to be dressed like Santa.
Malcolm McDowell stars as the sheriff of a small town
preparing for the big Christmas parade.
Problem is, wacko Santa is on the loose and dead bodies are showing up
everywhere. Since it's a Christmas
parade there are more than a few Santa's running around and McDowell and his
crew of deputies are having a hard time nailing down exactly which jolly old
elf is the axe wielding one.
While they figure it out the body count skyrockets and
horror fans are treated to a barrage of some of the more vile and violent kills
in recent genre fare. Director Steven C.
Miller shows a deft hand in dishing out the creepy and throws in just the right
amount of black comedy to keep you riveted to the screen. The blood flows freely with the wood chipper
scene being one that this reviewer will have a hard tome forgetting.
Crazy stuff and a film I find myself happy to recommend you
pick up at your earliest convenience.
Anchor Bay is releasing it as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack while the special
features are a bit on the weak side there is a nice little behind the scenes
feature that I found to be quite enjoyable.
Would have love to have seen and heard a little more for those involved
but what is offered is still pretty damn fine.
Settle in horror fans it's going to be a long winter and now
at least we all have something to put in the Blu-ray player to make the season
bright, bright red that is!
SILENT NIGHT hits store shelves on Tuesday Dec. 4th. Ask Santa for a copy when you see him at the mall.
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