Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The Silent Night, Deadly Night Series Pt. 1 & 2
Dir:Charles E. Sellier Jr. (The Annihilators)
In the spirit of Christmas I have decided to dive into the only Christmas Based Horror franchise there is. The being Silent Night , Deadly Night. The first Silent Night garnered quite a bit of success after being deemed controversial due to the opening scenes and parent and Christians through the states boycotted this film in hopes of getting it banned. Much like most other films that get this much publicity the film became hugely popular . As for the film itself it is a pretty nice little slasher for it's time. So now on to the story of the most brutal Santa Killers of all, Billy.
Billy is gunned down in front of his Brother Ricky and as he looks at Mother Superior Ricky grimaces and says "Naughty" as we now have a opening to our obvious sequel.......
Overall: 7 out of 10
Dir: Lee Harry
A game of cat and very slow wheelchair bound mouse begins. Then comes to an end when Sister Margaret and the police arrive to find Mother Superior Decapitated. Ricky is of course gunned down and we get the mandatory Killer opens his eyes scene to end the film and once again leave plenty of room for another sequel.
Overall: 4.5 out of 10
Now to my thoughts. the Silent Night Deadly Night Franchise had a very promising start with the first installment being a very good slasher offering some original stuff to bring to the table. The back story was solid and the acting was pretty good for a film of it's kind during the time it was made. It is by far not the most gory film of it's genre during that time but it did have enough controversial material within it to garner a cult following. As far as slasher films go Silent Night provides a little more depth than the average film from the genre and you could do allot worse. Also as far as Christmas themed Horror films go I would say that this is my favorite one out there only bested by the original Black Christmas, But in all honesty this one provides a more solid story as Black Christmas is more of the prototypical Slasher.Now with that said, Part two is just god awful, And truthfully it isn't even a full length feature. The flashbacks to the previous film take up so much of the film that you never even get a chance to get invested into the characters involved in the sequel, which may not be too much of a loss since the actor that plays the role of Ricky is downright annoying. I can see that they were trying to cash in on the success of the Nightmare On Elm Street series by trying to use the sarcastic one liner approach which made Freddy stand out on his own, and it just does not work in this case much like the swarm of other films during this time period that tried the same approach. So I will save my final opinion of the series until I finish watching all of the entries but this one started with some real potential and immediately fizzled out with this lazy lackluster attempt to follow up with the Brothers story arch.I have seen the third installment and I remember it being extremely cheesy but I also remember enjoying it as a child , It has been at least 15 plus years since I watched it last and I will just have to watch it again tomorrow night to find out if it succeeds in saving this franchise or just adds more weight to the anchor dragging it down that Silent Night deadly Night 2 is. I would truly recommend checking out the first installment if you have not seen it , or if you really wanna watch the comparison of Good slasher and shit film in the same movie just pick up part 2 and kill two birds with one stone. Please come back tomorrow and check out as I continue to look into the Series as I will review both Part 3 and 4 in hopes that this franchise will be brought back to life.