A wealthy, eccentric chemical company owner sends his woman to get an American writer to take a mind control drug, Kemek, to verify its potential. She accomplishes her mission, but falls ... See full summary »
A reporter investigating the bizarre death of a woman who leaped from a building in flames finds herself mixed up in a cult of witches who are making her part of their sacrificial ceremony during the Christmas season.
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
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
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 »
Seen on Pittsburgh's CHILLER THEATER on May 7, 1977
Pittsburgh's CHILLER THEATER, hosted by Bill "Chilly Billy" Cardille, aired 1972's "Silent Night, Bloody Night" once, with 1943's "Son of Dracula," on May 7 1977, and was a title I never forgot (although scheduled for September 26 1981, they substituted 1973's "It Happened at Nightmare Inn" in its place). I'm still fascinated by this eerie horror classic, which has frequently earned scorn from viewers frustrated by the poor quality prints that include the Paragon video copyrighted 1982. My current DVD is proof that the filmmakers are not to blame for the darkness inherent in these dupes (if you cannot read the opening credits, it's a bad copy). The plot line is quite complex, and the solution may seem far fetched at first glance, but patient audiences will be amply rewarded, especially on repeat viewings. Although the entire film is told in flashback, the principal storyline takes place in one single, 24 hour period (presumably Christmas Eve), and many great horror films like "Halloween" follow this same format. John Carradine, sadly reduced to playing a mute role, still demonstrates a solid screen presence in one of the better horror outings of his final decades. Patrick O'Neal enjoys top billing as a big city lawyer dallying with his lovely assistant while his wife and daughter remain home for the holidays. There was an excellent website devoted to this underrated gem, but it seems to have closed down in 2010. Director Theodore Gershuny only did two other features, 1970's "Kemek" and 1973's "Sugar Cookies," with his then-wife Mary Woronov appearing in all three (he died in 2007). Co-writer-producer Jeffrey Konvitz later scripted and produced another horror feature that pretty much wasted John Carradine, 1976's "The Sentinel." Filmed on Long Island with a mostly New York cast, and the final screen credit for Astrid Heeren (two prior features), Candy Darling and Tony Award-winning actor James Patterson.
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