Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! (1989)

R  |  Video  |   |  Horror  |  17 November 1989 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Scully ...
Richard C. Adams ...
Dr. Newbury
Melissa Hellman ...
Dr. Newbury's Assistant
Isabel Cooley ...
Hospital Receptionist
Chris (as Eric Da Re)
Leonard Mann ...
Laura's Psychiatrist
Jerri (as Laura Herring)
Carlos Palomino ...
Truck Driver
Marc Dietrich ...
Gas Station Attendant
Lt. Connely


Ricky Caldwell, the notorious 'Killer Santa Claus', awakens from a six year coma after being kept alive on life-support by a slightly crazed doctor experimenting with ESP and other special abilities. Ricky targets a young, clairvoyant blind woman, named Laura, whom is traveling with her brother Chris, and his girlfriend Jerri to their grandmothers house for Christmas Eve, and Ricky decides to go after her, leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake. Written by Matt Patay

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When Your Nightmare Ends, the Real Terror Begins!




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Did You Know?


There is a scene at a gas station when the attendant is watching "The Terror" a 1963 film starring Jack Nicholson, the director of this film Monte Hellman was an uncredited director of "The Terror" See more »


Ricky was shot in the chest at the end of the previous entry, so he should not have to have the transparent brain dome in the first place. See more »


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Richard 'Ricky' Caldwell: Laura...
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Utterly banal and worthless slasher effort
19 December 2014 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

Hoping to rest for the holidays, a blind psychic woman and her friends' trip to a family gathering is interrupted by the reanimated killer that was part of her experiments with and tries to stop him before he kills off her friends.

This was a truly abysmal and near worthless slasher effort. About the only positive this one has is the finale stalking around the house, which is quite effective here at putting her in danger due to the use of her physical condition causing a lot of fumbling and stumbling around in the dark while trying to avoid the killer who's closing in, through several different floors of the house and down into the basement where the real stalking is used and the best bloodletting is all thrown together. By itself, it's a decent enough sequence but is just trapped all throughout here with the rest of the banal attributes that hold it down. Among the numerous flaws here, nothing is bigger than the utterly lame and unimposing killer, who looks so ridiculous with the coma-device still strapped to his head that he gets quite more laughs than scares by his appearance and really settles into this one quite weakly. It's hardly off to a good start when we find ourselves treating the killer as a joke, and the other flaws only enhance that since this one is just interminably boring and lifeless. There's hardly any action at all within this since the first half tends to run through her experiments at the hospital before finally just getting to the house at the forty-minute mark as the useless side-tangents of the killer's stops along the way and the detectives spouting pointless scientific jargon at each other make up the rest of the running time in the first half. This is naturally spurred on by the criminally-low body-count that never really gives this one a chance to let loose with the splatter that would've helped the running time along here and in the end there's just not enough action to really get this one going at all. The last flaw here is the overall cheap-ness of the film, both in regards to the locations and sets but also the overall quality of the rest of the special effects as the kills are all off-screen, the design is pretty bad and overall this one never really had a chance to do much good for itself.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Nudity and Language.

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