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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Carter
James Patterson ...
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Diane Adams
Astrid Heeren ...
Ingrid
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Charlie Towman
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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 ...
Inmate
Lewis Love ...
Inmate
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Guest
Harvey Cohen ...
Inmate
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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 Blythe379@cs.com

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


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$295,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Remade as Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming (2013) See more »

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Silent Night, Holy Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
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Silent Night, Bloody Night is Magnificent
9 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First, though, you need to know what I mean by "magnificent." I LOVE movies that appear "dark" and "low budget" because it gives them a eerie dimension not seen in 21st century attempts at horror. Growing up during the early '70's, I am, too, a bit wistful for these days long gone, so, I appreciate the marked quality difference in these films because that's how the past is...somewhat dark and "fuzzy." Darkness and less-than-perfect-images are very appropriate for a horror film.

Silent Night, Bloody Night is a magnificent, appropriate name for this movie, but the title has little to remind the viewer what time of the year it is. We ARE told, though, that Wilfred Butler died on Christmas Eve 1950, and the horrible events that unfold twenty years later occur during the Yuletide season. Aside from the mayor whistling Silent Night and his lovely daughter wrapping a gift in black and white, diamond-designed early '70's "mod" paper, there is little else seasonal about this film.

Patrick O'Neal plays lawyer/real estate agent Jack Carter who comes to town to sell the beautiful, old home of Wilfred Butler, who has not been seen by his neighbors in years. The house, however, has been kept in immaculate repair by his caretaker, and there is much speculation why his grandson, Jeffrey, would sell it for a mere $50,000. When word spreads through the communtiy that the mansion is to be sold, the message reaches an insane asylum nearby,prompting an inmate's escape and a night of terror. But be prepared for twists and turns and a mystery; this is no modern-day mindless thrasher-slasher.

The parts are played very well. The plot is good. Wilfred Butler was eccentric, and in the film's final segment you will come to understand that this is an understatement. Silent Night, Bloody Night is scary and it transports you to that "other Earth" where horror occurs to people in and around big old houses. And, most important for this viewer, it takes you back to how we once were...and how a lot of films really looked in those days!


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