A young girl is brutally murdered somewhere in France. Sometime later, the same thing happens to the daughter of a well-known sculptor. This time the parents (the sculptor and his wife) ... See full summary »
The abandoned home of Wilfred Butler, a wealthy but troubled man who committed suicide, has been willed to his grandson, Jeffrey. But an Axe wielding maniac has set up residence in the house - and he doesn't take kindly to strangers.
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
Star James Patterson ("Jeffery Butler") died of cancer soon after principal photography was completed. His lines were dubbed in by another actor. 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 »
Proof you don't need a budget to create true horror...
Folks who enter an old mansion in the New England countryside are being killed by an unknown assailant. Who is the killer and just what do the strange locals know about it?
Silent Night, Bloody Night is a prime example of a low-budget horror film that overcomes its B movie boundaries to become a genuinely good chiller. The story is a compelling one that builds good mystery and suspense. It reaches a revelation that is truly twisted and dark. There's some effectively shocking moments of fright to be enjoyed and several creepy sequences - particularly the black and white flashback toward the finale. The film has a strong eerie atmosphere with its dark setting, subtle music score, and gritty film stock appearance. The song Silent Night proves to be surprisingly chilling as the films theme song.
It's not a flawless film though. The performances of the cast are at times uneven and the films narration does get murky at times. However the strengths do override the weaknesses and Silent Night, Bloody Night emerges as one of the first and most effectively disturbing holiday horror films out there. Well worth seeing horror fans!
*** out of ****
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