Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
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After his parents are murdered by a scalpel-wielding Santy, a young boy is sent to an orphanage. He ends up spying on two people having sex, and learns sex is a very naughty thing. A few years later, in a lil' ole department store, the kid is given the ultimate screw-up: SANTA CLAUS. After seeing two people having sex in the storage room, he has flashbacks of his parents' murder, and ends up killing them both. He then sets off on a massive killing spree. Can he be stopped? Or will Santa deliver new presents to all the little kids?
You've made it through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas
Also Known As:
Title: Silent Night, Deadly Night
Release Date: November 09, 1984
Runtime: 79 mins
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 5.5
Buried.com Rating: 6.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S
MPAA Rating: R
Charles E. Sellier Jr.
Lilyan Chauvin ...Mother Superior
Gilmer McCormick ...Sister Margaret
Toni Nero ...Pamela
Robert Brian Wilson ...Billy Chapman (age 18)
Britt Leach ...Ira Sims
Nancy Borgenicht ...Mrs. Randall
H.E.D. Redford ...Captain Richards
Danny Wagner ...Billy Chapman (age 8)
Linnea Quigley ...Denise
Leo Geter ...Tommy
Randy Stumpf ...Andy
Will Hare ...Grandpa Chapman
Tara Buckman ...Ellie Chapman
Geoff Hansen ...Jim Chapman (as Jeff Hansen)
Charles Dierkop ...Killer Santa
Eric Hart ...Mr. Levitt
Jonathan Best ...Billy Chapman (age 5) (as Jonathon Best)
A. Madeline Smith ...Sister Ellen
Amy Styvesant ...Cindy (as Amy Stuyvesant)
Max Robinson ...Officer Barnes
Vinc Massa ...Doug (as Vince Massa)
John Michael Alvarez ...Jim (as Michael Alvarez)
John Bishop ...Bob
Richard C. Terry ...Mac (as Richard Terry)
Oscar Rowland ...Dr. Conway
Richard D. Clark ...Officer Miller
Tip Boxell ...Officer Murphy
Angela Montoya ...Little Girl on Santa's Lap
Molly Cameron ...Girl's Mother (as Mollie Cameron)
Jayne Luke ...Other Mother #1
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Ira Richard Barmak
Perry Botkin Jr.
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More Movie Taglines:
- You've made it through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas
- Santa's Here!
- He knows when you've been naughty
- Shocking... disturbing... The movie they tried to ban.
- If "A Nightmare on Elm Street" gave you sleepless nights, or if "Halloween" made you jump in every shadow or if every "Friday the 13th" was more frightening that the others... THEN BEWARE!
- Mother Superior: They thought they could do it without being caught. But when we do something naughty, we are always caught. Then, we are punished. Punishment is absolute, punishment is good. Billy Chapman: Yes, Mother Superior. Mother Superior: You left your room, William. Billy Chapman: Yes, Mother Superior. Mother Superior: Very, very naughty!
Grandpa: You see Santa Claus tonight you better run boy, you better run for ya life!
Officer Miller: Can you believe this? It's Christmas Eve and we got orders to bring in Santa Claus.
Ellie Chapman: Billy, calm down. Grandpa's nothing but a crazy old fool!
Billy Chapman: Mommy, you shouldn't have said that. It's naughty to say bad things about old people. Santa Claus will punish you!
- The release of this film was picketed by angry parents who were not happy to see Santa Claus depicted as an axe murderer. As a result, box office sales plummeted and the film was shelved for another year where it saw new light in an uncut video form (that has since gone out of print).
This film was planned to be a limited release but open wider by Christmas, but the protest canned the idea, and was pulled after two weeks of release.
To protest the film, critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel read the credits out loud on their television show saying, "shame, shame, shame" after each name.
This film was known as "Slayride" though out its production. Tri-Star decided to change the title to "Silent Night, Deadly Night" at the last minute.
The title "Slay Ride" actually ended up as a subplot in another film, the Disney holiday movie Ernest Saves Christmas (1988). In the Ernest film, the prospective Santa that Ernest was looking for was appearing in a horror film as a killer Santa in a film entitled "Slay Ride".
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