If there was ever a movie that drew controversy it was 1984's Silent Night Deadly Night. Lines were around the block at theaters protesting the showing of the film. I remember my school's PTA had a meeting about trying to shut it down. The heat got so bad TriStar Pictures pulled all ads for the film about a week before it's release, and after playing for a matter of days it was pulled from theaters. The man reason is of course due to the fact that the killer was dressed like santa, but that commercials were ran in prime time. So a few little kids got scared of santa and parents made a big deal over nothing. Sadley this happened on a weekly basis in the 80's.
For those few that are unaware Silent Night Deadly Night is the story of Billy, the kid with the world's creepiest Grandfather. His grandfather tells him santa punishes naughty kids, and basically freaks him out. It doesn't help that when his family is driving home they are stopped by a man dressed as Santa who has just robed a liquor store. Billy and his little brother watch this Santa kill their father, then rape and murder their mother.
We cut to Billy now in an abusive Catholic nun ran orphanage and learn he has developed a fear of Santa Clause. It doesn't help that the mother superior smacks kids and is abusive mentally as well. She forces Billy to sit on a Santa's lap but Billy freaks out and punches the man. Fast forward and Billy is now grown and gets a job at a local mom and pop store. Hes doing well and even develops a crush on Pamela, a co worker of his.
That all goes south when he's asked to dress up as the stores Santa when the regular guy calls in sick. He begins having flashbacks of his parents murder and his grandfather. Finally at the store Christmas party he sees his warehouse manager trying to rape Pamela. That is the last his fragil mind can take and he begins going on a town wide killing spree.
Beheadings while sledding, impalement by antlers, strangling with Christmas tree lights this one packs a walup for gore fans. Practical effects only and they are amazingly well done. Heavily edited for years the film has had a few DVD releases over the years but none really looked all that good. That has now changed as Scream Factory has released Silent Night Deadly Night on a special 2 disc Blu-ray in a new 4k transfer. There is even a limited set in which you can a special NECA Billy Figure as seen in the picture for this article. The Blu-ray is loaded with special features
DISC ONE: Theatrical Version
Another amazing release. The picture and sound quality on these Scream Factory releases are second to none. And controversy aside Silent Night Deadly Night is one of the best horror films of the 80's. Well acted and we'll plotted the film, all these years later still packs quite a punch. I highly recommend it
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars