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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gilmer McCormick ...
Toni Nero ...
Robert Brian Wilson ...
Britt Leach ...
Nancy Borgenicht ...
H.E.D. Redford ...
Danny Wagner ...
Billy at 8
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Leo Geter ...
Randy Stumpf ...
Will Hare ...
Tara Buckman ...
Mother (Ellie)
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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You've made it through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas See more »

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9 November 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Slayride  »

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$1,065,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All the film's TV ads were immediately pulled off the networks because of the trailer showing Santa Claus carrying an axe, which practically depicted him as a mass murderer. This motivated parents to protest the film and instantly had it yanked out of theaters after making a profit with its limited release. See more »

Goofs

When the children are seen singing "O Come, All Ye Faithful", their mouths are off-sync with the vocals. See more »

Quotes

Jim Chapman: Need a ride, Santa Claus?
Killer Santa: Oh, no, not exactly.
Jim Chapman: What's the problem?
Killer Santa: Oh, there's no problem. It's just that I've run into a bit of lolly luck.
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Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: Don't Open the Door (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas Fever
Written by Ira Barmak (as Ira Barmak)
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User Reviews

 
This film rules!
4 April 2005 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I love this film.

At the end of my copy after the freaky nun looks at the camera it pauses and a voice says "Stay tuned for more previews" and then the little boy says "naughty" - a weird interruption that adds so much class.

A fun game also to play during this film is counting the unnecessary boob shots - there are many. One of my favourites is the girl who puts her cat right outside the front door wearing nothing but tiny shorts (the girl not the cat who is wearing a fabulous fur ensemble). A must see for all cheesy horror film fans. The rest of the series don't really have much to do with Christmas and SNDN2 seems to be made up mostly with flashbacks from this, the far superior film.


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