Back in 1984, Charles Sellier shook the world with Silent Night, Deadly Night. Okay, maybe not the world. But he definitely ruffled the feathers of a few concerned parents. Apparently the idea of a killer Santa Claus was a bit much to handle in the year of Driving Miss Daisy.
Anyway, the original film is a classic in the holiday slasher genre, as I mentioned a couple of days ago. Silent Night is its much anticipated remake and, arguably, the must-see holiday slasher of 2012. Remake is perhaps too strong a word for this, though. The plot only follows the original very loosely. The majority of the references to the original are mostly just nods of the head in its general direction. Except the naked-lady-hung-from-the-wall-by-deer-antlers scene. That’s pretty faithfully redone.
The editing is sometimes poor. And the acting is sometimes bad. The tone goes from grisly to campy with hardly any notice. But when the camp hits, it’s in full effect.