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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

After his parents are murdered, a tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior.

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Nancy Borgenicht ...
Mrs. Randall
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Geoff Hansen ...
Father (Jim) (as Jeff Hansen)
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Storyline

After seeing his parents murdered in front of him a young bit spends most of his life in an orphanage where he is abused by the mother superior when he turns into a teenager he gets a job as a department store santa and when he sees two people having sex in the store he gets flashbacks when his parents and when he can't take it anymore he turns into a santa serial killer. Written by devint-16816

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He knows when you've been naughty See more »

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9 November 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Slayride  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,065,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,432,800, 11 November 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,491,460, 18 November 1984
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Trivia

Composer Perry Botkin Jr. improvised most of the score while watching a work print copy the film on Betamax. Afterwards, he'd replay the tape with his work and add more layers and melody to polish it off. See more »

Goofs

(at around 8 mins) The convenience store that is held up by the man in the Santa suite isn't modified from its 1984 look at all to fit the look of a store from 1971 when this part of the film takes place. This is most noticed when reading the price signs, which advertise prices that are too high for the time period. The poster in the doorway advertises a 6 pack of Pepsi cans for $1.99, which is over three times more then it would have been in 1971, and the sign above the check out counter advertises $1.00 ice bags. Also the Visa and MasterCard logo stickers in the windows have the 1980's logo, MasterCard was "Master Charge" until 1979 and Visa was "BankAmericard" until 1976. See more »

Quotes

Andy: [Andy sees Billy staring while standing at the stockroom door] Just what the fuck you think you are doing now?
Billy Chapman: I... You shouldn't... You shouldn't talk like that.
Andy: Well, excuse me, Ann Landers. You know, what is it with you lately, Billy?
Billy Chapman: Nothing.
Andy: I'm going to level with you. When you came here a couple of months ago, you were an allright kid. But all the sudden, you got this fucking attitude problem. Snapping at me all the time. You're staring off into space like some moon goon.
Billy Chapman: Look, will you ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Silent Night, Bloody Night (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas Fever
Written by Ira Barmak (as Ira Barmak)
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Black Christmas
24 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

Traumatised after witnessing a man in a Santa suit brutally murder his parents, a teenager goes on a killing spree after his employer forces him to dress as Santa in this controversial horror thriller. With a plot that mostly follows slasher clich├ęs, 'Silent Night, Deadly Night' is easy to forget amid the surplus of 1980s horror flicks, but it is a highly competent production that stands up well to revision. The film actually does a better job than John Carpenter's far more iconic 'Halloween' in establishing the psychology and mindset of its serial killer protagonist. Eighteen minutes of exposition may sound like a lot, but it works magnificently for getting us to understand how the character ticks and actually pity him, heinous though his actions may be. The film takes a potent swipe at church-run orphanages too in which children have religion forced upon them with the protagonist a victim of this system in addition the aforementioned childhood trauma. The film does not do itself any favours by painting the nuns as stereotypes and lead actor Robert Brian Wilson is never really convincing, but everything else falls into place so well here that it is hard not to like it. The filmmakers approach the project with the perfect dose of dark humour too; "he sure knows how to handle kids!" comments one mother after Wilson quietly threatens a girl sitting on his Santa's lap! The Yuletide themed deaths also come with streak of black comedy and there is an awesome 'Battleship Potemkin' lions style sequence in which several toy soldiers appear to react to a toy store death.


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