Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)
"Night of the Dark Full Moon" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  November 1972 (USA)
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A man inherits a mansion, which once was a mental home. He visits the place and begins to investigate some crimes that happened in old times, scaring the people living in the region.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Carter
James Patterson ...
Diane Adams
Astrid Heeren ...
Charlie Towman
Mayor Adams
Fran Stevens ...
Tess Howard
Walter Klavun ...
Sheriff Bill Mason
Philip Bruns ...
Wilfred Butler (1929) (as Phillip Bruns)
Staats Cotsworth ...
Wilfred Butler (voice)
Ondine ...
Chief Inmate
Tally Brown ...
Lewis Love ...
Harvey Cohen ...


Wilford Butler returns home on Christmas Eve and his house had been turned into a mental institution for the criminally insane. But the day of his return, he is set on fire and dies. The towns people believe his death was an accident, and the institution-house is later closed down. Wilford leaves the house to his grandson Jeffrey. A few years later, Jeffrey finally decides to sell this grandfather's house, but the towns people including the Mayor have mixed feelings on keeping people away from the house, especially when a serial killer escapes from another institution and finds refuge there. The killer makes frightening phone calls and kills anyone coming near the house. But what does the killer have in common with what happened to Wilford Butler years before? Written by

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The mansion... the madness... the maniac... no escape.


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Release Date:

November 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death House  »

Box Office


$295,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's working title was "Zora"--an odd choice, since nothing or no one is referred to by that name in the film. See more »


Main character Jeffrey Butler is riding with John Carradine, who plays Towman. Butler and Carradine have decided to go out to the Butler house to see what is going on. Instead, Towman pulls into the drive of another house, and Jeffrey Butler says, "Towman this isn't my house, it's Tess'. Tess is another of the townspeople, and it is her house, but Jeffrey would not have known that because he has never been to the town before. See more »


Diane Adams: How old are you?
Jeffrey Butler: You mean how many years have I lived?
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Crazy Credits

The word 'Bloody' in the opening title card is red, where as the text of the rest of the credits are white. See more »


Referenced in The Big Box: The Body Shop (2010) See more »


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Music by Franz Gruber
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Odd storyline involving incest and insanity
4 September 2002 | by (Missouri) – See all my reviews

Really bizarre film that has some sepia film flashbacks-in-time which truly makes the footage look like it was filmed in 1910. The acting is so-so and the first half of the movie is kind of slow-paced. I wish there were still some good clean copies of the film, the DVD versions that are out are somewhat murky and it distracts from the viewing at times. All in all, a weird film that should be viewed at least once.

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