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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Did You Know?


John Carradine never utters a word in the film. His character's "croaking" noises were dubbed in during post-production. 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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The word 'Bloody' in the opening title card is red, where as the text of the rest of the credits are white. See more »


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Creepy and cold...
24 January 2004 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I don't have much to add about this film, which I consider quite effective, that hasn't already been stated by others; however, I'm a bit concerned by those who complain of this film being unwatchable because it is so dark. For those of you who've encountered this problem, I really think you need to take the issue up with the distributor of the video or dvd which you're watching. The dvd copy that I have, released by Diamond Entertainment, is just fine in the lighting department--or, at least, as fine as a low-budget, gloomy horror film is supposed to be. If you want shrill and gleaming horror films this isn't for you: stick to crap from Hollywood.

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