“What next? A marauding turkey at Thanksgiving?”
When Silent Night, Deadly Night was released on November 9, 1984 – the same day as A Nightmare on Elm Street! – it’s probably safe to say that nobody involved expected the film to be making mainstream headlines in the coming days; the low-budget movie seemed destined to blend in with all the other slasher films of the time.
Of course, the film’s fate was quite the opposite.Silent Night, Deadly Night indeed did make headlines in the wake of TriStar Pictures releasing it into nearly 400 theaters in November 1984, becoming the most controversial movie of the year when parents began picketing outside of theaters where it was playing and demanding, through signs and written letters, that it be pulled from theaters.
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