Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

dir. Charles E. Sellier Jr.

A shameless Christmas-themed slasher, about as overblown and pulpy as you’d expect. The protagonist suffers from PTSD due to seeing his parents get murdered on Christmas Eve when he was a kid; as an adult he despises Christmas to the extend he dresses up as Santa and kills people. Standard. It’s pretty funny, especially considering the outraged critical backlash at the time – people were appalled at the film’s flagrant disrespect of a child-friendly holiday and associated gift-dispensing icon. However, it’s still an incredibly stupid film, with no real rhyme or reason to it except to shock. And nowadays, it doesn’t even really manage that.

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