Sunday, December 23, 2012
Blu-ray Review: SILENT NIGHT (2012)
Directed by Steven C. Miller
Distributed by: Anchor Bay Entertainment
SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT is one of my all time favorite Christmas themed horror films, so needless to say I was very excited when I heard about this remake, simply titled SILENT NIGHT. For those not familiar with the film, here is the plot courtesy of the Anchor Bay website:
In 1984, the slasher classic Silent Night, Deadly Night stunned audiences, was banned across America, and remains the most notorious Christmas movie in history. Now, Santa is back, and he’s got a brand new bag of tricks. As their small Midwestern town prepares for its annual Christmas Eve parade, Sheriff (Malcolm McDowell of Halloween) and his deputy (Jaime King of My Bloody Valentine 3-D and “Hart Of Dixie”) discover that a maniac in a Santa suit is murdering those he judges as “naughty.” Their sins? Porn, adultery, greed... And he will make sure they rest in heavenly pieces. Donal Logue (Shark Night 3D), Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World), Lisa Marie (The Lords of Salem), and Brendan Fehr (“CSI: Miami”) co-star in this brutal and darkly humorous tale of Christmas gone bad.
This is a great remake. The film really lives up to it's name and actually improves on the original in a few areas. I still probably like the original better overall, but this is still a great addition to the holiday themed horror flicks. The acting in the film was great, including a great performance from genre vet Malcolm McDowell and a hilarious performance from Donal Logue as Santa Jim, the worlds worst Santa Clause. Santa Jim stole each scene he was in and had some of the film's laugh-out-loud moments.
Another great thing about this film was the great gore and kill scenes, my favorite being a well done naked chick in the wood chipper scene. It just doesn't get much better than that! Ha! All the effects were practical effects, with little or no CG, which is always a good thing. The effects and makeup crew did a great job on this one.
I highly recommend SILENT NIGHT, this is one of my new holiday favorites for sure!
SILENT NIGHT is available now on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and contains the following special features:
* Silent Night: Behind The Scenes
* Deleted Scenes
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer