Every Silent Night Deadly Night movie ranked from worst to best
the Silent night, deadly night The franchise has managed to squeeze six films from the “killer Santa Claus” premise, but the ranking of those efforts proves that not all of them make the “good” list. Released in 1984, Silent night, deadly night was massively controversial when it was released. Thanks to his portrayal of a killer Santa Claus, the controversial Yuletide slasher has been hotly protested by concerned parents and has even seen its creators named and humiliated by legendary critics Siskel and Ebert during their TV tour.
However, not only was Silent night, deadly night not as shocking as critics and moral guardians feared the slasher was, nor was the movie very good. Unlike the first party slasher movie, the seminal 1974 classic Black christmas (which strongly influenced the work of John Carpenter Halloween), Silent night, deadly nightIt was a fairly conventional entry into the subgenre notable for little more than its pre-release controversy. However, this infamy led to four sequels and a possible loose remake for Silent night, deadly night.
Credit where it’s due, the original Silent night, deadly night strove to add a discussion of Catholic guilt and childhood trauma to the standard slasher formula. However, the film lacked the thoughtful satire of the previous, superior Evil Christmas, and its content was too exploitative to be taken seriously as a character study. However, its sequel Silent Night, Deadly Night: Part 2 became a cult classic after its release thanks to its unintentionally hilarious moments before the next three sequels strayed further and further from the original movie premise “Killer Santa Claus”.
# 6 – Silent Night, Deadly Night: the toy maker
A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger has a lot to answer. While the Silent night, deadly night the series began as the story of a man driven to murderous madness after seeing his parents killed by “Santa Claus”, the fifth film took a turn of the booming era Child’s play/Candy/Nightmare on Elm Street sub-genre of fantasy-slashers. Thereby, Silent Night, Deadly Night: the toy maker centers around the titular Joe Petto, a seemingly kind old man who creates killer toys to get revenge on all the bad girls and boys. Played by Mickey Rooney (who hypocritically condemned the original Silent night, deadly night when it was released years earlier), Joe was an insufferable, boring, but absolutely not scary and obnoxious creation. The sequel itself was a bloodier, less fun version of Little soldiers, a definite dud for the franchise, and comfortably one of the worst of many Nightmare on Elm Street counterfeits.
# 5 – Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 3: Better be careful
Directed by 1970s film legend Monte Hellman (from Blacktop of the two lands notoriety), Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 3: better beware was proof that not all subgenres benefit from the inventive direction of a single director. Hellman’s slow pace and dreamy atmosphere added nothing to this lesser sequel, which turned out to be a heavy David Lynch knockoff. Without the humor (admittedly unintentional) of the first sequel nor the inventive killings of the original, Silent Night, Deadly Night, part 3 had the ignominious distinction of being not only one of the weakest movies in the franchise, but also the worst of the two Christmas horrors titled “Better Be Careful” (with the Alone at home-remix indie horror 2017 being far superior).
# 4 – Silent Night (2012)
2012 is loose Silent night, deadly night the remake looked a lot like the 2009 one My dear love remake (without the unnecessary 3D), and it was a stronger movie for that. Eschewing the tragic, slow backstory of the original film, this self-aware, more trashy reboot picked up from the start of the Santa Claus killings and never gave up. This gleefully gleeful horror had an unusually brutal villain (he electrocutes even a small child), but for all, its dark, comedic, exaggerated violence, Silent night fell flat like an eyesore. However, despite little suspense and few scares, the 2012 reboot was still a fun, frenzied slice of bloody comedy horror.
# 3 – Silent Night, Deadly Night: Initiation
It’s rare for a third sequel to be one of the best in the franchise and rarer for this sequel to be a name-only addition to the series. However, there aren’t many franchises like the Silent night, deadly night series. Directed by body horror legend Brian Yuzna, Silent Night, Deadly Night: Initiation was the David Cronenberg-influenced story of a reporter examining an all-female cult and being drawn into a spooky underworld of insect-centric bodily terror. If it doesn’t seem like Christmas vacation and Santa Claus at all, it’s because the movie was originally written as a standalone horror film. As a result, Silent Night, Deadly Night: Initiation was a creepy, disturbing, and often surprisingly atmospheric nightmare of a movie that had almost no connection to the franchise of its title.
# 2 – silent night, deadly night
Too fishy to be pure wacky entertainment, but not proficient enough to be an authentically good and filthy midnight flick in the vein of Rob Zombie Halloween remake, that of Abel Ferrari The Driller Killer, or that of William Lustig Maniacal, the original Silent night, deadly night was stuck in a tricky tonal dilemma. As a killer Santa movie, its second half has kept that promise in spades. Intimidating sledgers were brutally beheaded, bad bosses were killed with the help of toys and, in general, Silent night, deadly night was everything slasher movie aficionados could wish for “that killer Santa Claus movie” to be. However, the long opening half, which tried to drive the anti-hero’s gradual slide into madness, was slow, sinister, and ultimately unnecessary, feeling like one of Leatherface’s many origin stories. Chainsaw Massacre franchise had produced over the decades. Getting to the killer Santa Claus scenes sooner would have helped. Yet silent Night, deadly nightIt remains one of the strongest releases in the series nonetheless, and its attempts to add complexity to its villain are admirable, if not totally successful.
# 1 – Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2
Silent Night, Deadly Night, part 2 was both the worst and best movie in the slasher franchise, thanks to an extraordinary performance. Eric Freeman’s Ricky (the killer’s younger brother from the first film) was a hysterical, campy delight as this sequel’s villain, a larger-than-life killer with a penchant for dark, funny one-liners. Although much of Silent Night, Deadly Night, part 2 consisted of lengthy flashbacks that summed up the first movie to round out the runtime, with Ricky’s eventual killing streak alone worth the wait and made it the strongest. Silent night, deadly night movie from the famous slasher franchise. Surreal, silly and genuinely funny in a way that few “so bad as it is good” movies can claim to be, Silent Night Deadly, night party 2 failed completely as a horror but succeeded admirably as an unintentional comedy and the best Silent night, deadly night film by proxy.
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