Well what would a review for Silent Night Deadly Night 2 be without saying “Garbage Day”! Yes, the internet meme and gif Garbage Day comes from this film. In fact I think more people know that scene then they do the movie itself. It’s a great scene delivered with maniac gusto by Eric Freeman, who is incredibly over the top in this film. The rest of the film has its moments of greatness as well.
Taking place a few years after part one we meet Ricky Caldwell. He’s Billy’s brother, the killer form part one. Remember him? He was in the car in the beginning of part one when the crazy guy dressed like Santa murdered his parents. Well it turns out that event made him just as nuts as his brother. The film starts with Ricky under arrest and talking to a shrink. Ricky tells him the events that transpired in the first film. This take close to 30min and I will tell you it’s my only complaint, it’s all footage from part one. Ricky was semi normal and even had a girlfriend. Unfortunately when he meets her D-bag ex and goes completely off the rails and starts murdering people left and right. He targets them as “Naughty” He lays waste to an entire neighborhood at one point before finally being caught by the cops.
The film then kicks into the present where Ricky kills the shrink interviewing him and breaks out of the hospital. He makes a quick stop to kill a man dressed as Santa so he can steal his outfit then decides to head over to the orphanage and kill Mother Superior, the only person his brother was unable to get revenge on.
This film has it all. I already stated it’s got a now legendary performance by Eric Freeman as Ricky, and enough kills to satisfy any horror fan. We have death by jumper cables, by umbrella, with a gun, with an ax, with a car antenna, you name it. And they are all pretty graphic. The fact they did them the way I prefer, using practical effect make them something to see. You perform these with an actor who is beyond over the top and you have a winner.
Not well received when it originally came out, the film has started to find new fans over the years and has achieved cult status. It’s also a great behind the scenes story as well. Rumor is when part one hit at the box office despite all the protests the studio simply wanted the re edit it into a new film and call it a sequel. That was scrapped and a new story was filmed with flashbacks. The flashbacks are a bit much I can admit that. There re done slightly to show Ricky in a few more scenes, but for the most part you are watching 30min of the original. That withstanding it’s still a must for horror fans.
Released on VHS and on a double pack DVD that went out of print the movie became one of the many horror films that simply got lost in the shuffle. Now the good folks at Scream Factory are doing their magic once again. Following the release last year of part one they are presenting part two uncut and with an amazing transfer. It’s not only loaded with special features, but you can get it in special packages as well.
NEW 2K Scan Of An Archival Theatrical Print
NEW Audio Commentary With Director Lee Harry, And Actors Eric Freeman And James Newman
NEW Slay Bells Ring Again: The Story Of Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 – Featuring Interviews With Co-Writer/Director Lee Harry, Actors Eric Freeman, James Newman, Elizabeth Kaitan, Darrel Guilbeau, And Kenny McCabe, And Makeup Effects Artist Christopher Biggs
NEW Garbage Days Are Here Again – A Look At The Film’s Locations
NEW Ricky Today – A short Film Featuring A 2018 Interview With Ricky Caldwell
NEW I Don’t Sleep – An Extended Interview With Makeup Effects Artist Christopher Biggs
Audio Commentary By Co-Writer/Director Lee Harry, Co-Writer Joseph H. Earle, And Actor James Newman
Exclusive Limited Edition contains:
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 [Collector’s Edition] Blu-ray (with slipcover)
An exclusive, limited edition 8" tall Ricky/Killer Santa action figure by NECA
An exclusive, limited edition 18" x 24" rolled poster of the newly-designed art from artist Joel Robinson (this will ship rolled, in a poster tube
I truly enjoy the film. It’s a worthy sequel and a darn good slasher film. The kills are very cleaver, the volume of the acting is turned to 11, and it’s just a great watch in general. If you have never seen it you have to. If you saw it years ago you need to sit down and watch it again.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!