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Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)

Night of the Dark Full Moon (original title)
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.

Director:

Theodore Gershuny

Writers:

Theodore Gershuny, Jeffrey Konvitz (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick O'Neal ... John Carter
James Patterson ... Jeffrey Butler
Mary Woronov ... Diane Adams
Astrid Heeren ... Ingrid
John Carradine ... Charlie Towman
Walter Abel ... Mayor Adams
Fran Stevens Fran Stevens ... Tess Howard
Walter Klavun Walter Klavun ... Sheriff Bill Mason
Philip Bruns ... Wilfred Butler (1929) (as Phillip Bruns)
Staats Cotsworth Staats Cotsworth ... Wilfred Butler (voice)
Ondine Ondine ... Chief Inmate
Tally Brown Tally Brown ... Inmate
Lewis Love Lewis Love ... Inmate
Candy Darling ... Guest
Harvey Cohen Harvey Cohen ... Inmate
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

For one night in each century, the devil controls the heavens...and earth becomes an inferno of horrors! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zora See more »

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Budget:

$295,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The gospel song heard frequently in the film is entitled "In the Garden." 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

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
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Proof you don't need a budget to create true horror...
9 January 2009 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

Folks who enter an old mansion in the New England countryside are being killed by an unknown assailant. Who is the killer and just what do the strange locals know about it?

Silent Night, Bloody Night is a prime example of a low-budget horror film that overcomes its B movie boundaries to become a genuinely good chiller. The story is a compelling one that builds good mystery and suspense. It reaches a revelation that is truly twisted and dark. There's some effectively shocking moments of fright to be enjoyed and several creepy sequences - particularly the black and white flashback toward the finale. The film has a strong eerie atmosphere with its dark setting, subtle music score, and gritty film stock appearance. The song Silent Night proves to be surprisingly chilling as the films theme song.

It's not a flawless film though. The performances of the cast are at times uneven and the films narration does get murky at times. However the strengths do override the weaknesses and Silent Night, Bloody Night emerges as one of the first and most effectively disturbing holiday horror films out there. Well worth seeing horror fans!

*** out of ****


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