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Silent Night (2012)



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A loose remake of the horror classic Silent Night, Deadly Night, Malcolm McDowell and Jaime King star as a small-town sheriff and deputy on the hunt for a murderous Santa Claus terrorizing their community on Christmas Eve. But with the streets full of Santas for the annual Christmas parade, the killer is hiding in plain sight. He's made his list, checked it twice, and the naughty are going to pay with their lives. (c) Anchor Bay

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Malcolm McDowell
as Sheriff Cooper
Jaime King
as Aubrey Bradimore
Donal Logue
as Santa Jim
Brendan Fehr
as Deputy Jordan
Lisa Marie
as Mrs. Morwood
Ellen Wong
as Brenda
Rick Skene
as Ronald Jones, Jr.
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Critic Reviews for Silent Night

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Apart from some modestly inventive carnage and an undeniably humorous hambone turn by Malcolm McDowell, there's really nothing here to make genre fans dash through the snow (or maneuver through traffic) to megaplexes.

December 3, 2012
Top Critic

Fans of nearly nude women being fed into wood chippers will not go home disappointed (except, very likely, in their hollow lives.)

November 30, 2012 | Full Review…

The movie's intended audience will likely be satisfied by its parade of gory mayhem, cheap thrills and groan-worthy dark humor. Everyone else: You're on your own.

November 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This brisk reimagining of the 1984 slasher "Silent Night, Deadly Night" delivers the seasonal goods with admirable efficiency and not a little wit.

November 29, 2012 | Rating: 3/5

This unimaginative remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night continues the trend of mediocre remakes of '80s era horror films.

November 29, 2012 | Full Review…

By no means a masterpiece, but it's a damn good time with a great villain who spares no one...

December 23, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Silent Night


Santa Claus brings the pain in the low-budget horror film Silent Night. In a small Midwestern town a Santa Claus killer is on the loose, brutally murdering the naughty. Starring Jaime King, Malcolm McDowell, and Donal Logue, the cast is actually pretty decent; though their performances are awful. And the plot is all over the place, never really explaining why the killer kills who he does or what he's after; it's all random. Additionally, the gore is incredible gratuitous and comically bad. Formulaic tripe, Silent Night is a poorly made slasher film.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

The remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night is a much darker update of the 1984 controversial classic Slasher film. Although at times the dialogue is a bit cheesy and awkward, the kill sequences are purely nasty and make up for the so-so dialogue. Let's face it, Slasher films are not known for great script writing, but they deliver in great kill scenes, most certainly gives genre fans enough gory kills to satisfy the most demanding genre fans. The original film was quite good for what it was and it was a much underrated film. However by today's standards, it's quite cheesy and it looks dated. With this remake, the filmmakers deliver a gory thrill ride that is one of the better Slasher remakes since My Bloody Valentine 3D. This is only a film for genre fans. Go into this film expecting a mindless splatter film, and that's what you'll get. Like I said, the gore is standout and it more than makes up for the lack of story, which is decent, but the filmmakers could have been reworked because killers in Slasher films usually have a motive for their spree. This Santa doesn't seem to have a motive, and it would have been interesting to develop a more in depth story to the character. I recommend this film for any horror fan looking for a Slasher film with effective kill sequences. Although not a great movie, Silent Night is one of the better films in the genre that has come out lately, and it should at least be seen for its hints of old school Slasher elements. This is a worthy update to the original film, and it is an entertaining film that manages to give horror fans what they want. Although some parts are questionable, there is enough here to enjoy if you're a fan of this genre of horror.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


This a surprisingly decent movie with a, very obvious, sense of humor. I think the film presents itself as overly serious when it's really anything but. Not to mention a hilarious performance from Malcolm McDowell as the sheriff who's full of cheesy one-liners that don't make any sense. So it's clear that the movie isn't meant to be taken seriously, but I still wouldn't say that it's a good horror film by any means. It's got good, and goofy, gore and it has a dark sense of humor but somehow there was something missing. It just offers nothing that is really memorable other than some laughs and some good gore. Which was, most likely, the purpose of this film and I may be over analyzing a film that doesn't need it. Still it's a decent rental if you're itching for some horror.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

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