The Ricky Caldwell, the "Santa Claus Killer," once thought dead, has been brought back to life by a crazed scientist. A blind woman finds that she is somehow psychically connected to the reanimated serial killer.
Richard C. Adams
A week before Christmas a viral outbreak turns the citizens of Los Angeles into the walking dead. On the brink of severing ties with both his wife and longtime partner, L.A.P.D. officer ... See full summary »
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
Filmed in 1970 but not released until 1972. 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 »
Low Budget, Obscure, But Effective Holiday Horror Film.
"Silent Night, Bloody Night" is an odd little horror film that was spawned in 1974, the same year as Bob Clark's phenomenal Christmas horror-film "Black Christmas". This film is not nearly as great but is very eerie. The plot revolves around a small rural town in New England. Wilford Butler was killed in an apparent accident years before at his old home that is secluded from the main town. Now, years later, a man inherits the old musty mansion that has been uninhabited for quite some time now. But unfortunately, there is a mad psychopath who is lurking inside the old house, wanting revenge on an age-old murder. As the Christmas holiday nears, the killer lures more and more to the house, where they are butchered one by one.
This is really not a bad premise for a horror movie at all, especially for the time it was written. In the '70s this was some prime, original stuff. To start off, this movie is highly (and very obviously) low budget. The camera-work is shaky and dark, the acting is below average, and the quality of the print that is available for this film is awful - very rough, blotchy, scratchy, and messy. The sound is also really awful. But despite these shortcomings, this is a very atmospheric and spooky film. There are some really great point-of-view shots (which I thought the original "Black Christmas" had basically invented) of the killer, that are effective and eerie. The house in the film is dark and creepy, and the atmosphere is very strange and uncomfortable - the feeling this movie gives off is just plain weird, it could have to do with the mysteriousness of it due to its low-budget quality, and the fact that it's so unknown of. I enjoyed this movie, but I have to admit it's a strange viewing experience. The sepia-toned flashbacks are really creepy also, but the narration is lacking a little bit.
But while this is a bizarre film and does have its problems, "Silent Night, Bloody Night" actually has a rather intelligent plot behind it. The story is really interesting, but it takes awhile for the film to go anywhere. It's a little bit boring when it begins, and it gets a little tedious at times. But once it hits the 40-minute mark, things start to pick up and get more exciting and more interesting. And when the twist is introduced, everything comes together (a little loosely, but it still does), and it has the viewer realize how clever the movie was written. I really liked that about it, and I think it might have been a little bit ahead of its time. The acting is decent for a low-budget flick as well, with many of the performers being former "Factory" stars for pop artist Andy Warhol.
Overall, "Silent Night, Bloody Night" is an obscure, surreal little slasher movie. It's nowhere near the excellency of "Black Christmas" or other holiday horror films, but it's rather good. If you watch this film, don't expect anything of high quality, because that it is not. It's a gloomy, uncomfortable, and unique little '70s B-slasher film. You may enjoy it or you may not, but you might want to check it out, especially if you like this kind of thing. 7/10.
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