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To All a Goodnight (1980)

A group of teenagers at a party find themselves being stalked by a maniacal killer in a Santa Claus costume.


David Hess


Alex Rebar (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Runyon ... Nancy
Forrest Swanson Forrest Swanson ... Alex
Linda Gentile ... Melody
William Lauer William Lauer ... T.J.
Judith Bridges Judith Bridges ... Leia
Kiva Lawrence ... Mrs. Jensen (as Katherine Herrington)
West Buchanan West Buchanan ... Ralph (as Buck West)
Sam Shamshak ... Polansky
Angela Bath ... Trisha
Denise Stearns Denise Stearns ... Sam
Solomon Trager Solomon Trager ... Tom
Jeff Butts Jeff Butts ... Blake
Bill Martin Bill Martin ... Jim (as Bill Martins)
Jay Rasumny ... Dan
Harry Reems ... Pilot (as Dan Stryker)


It's Christmas break at the Calvin Finishing School for Girls, and the students are planning a big party while the president of the school is away. A group of boys show up and the fun begins, until mysterious killer starts bumping off couples one by one. The police show up and promise to keep everyone safe, but they prove ineffectual against the crazed psycho. Could the killings have anything to do with the girl who was killed in an initiation stunt at the school a few years earlier? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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You'll scream till dawn!


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Release Date:

30 January 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dobranoc wszystkim See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Barbara, California, USA


Box Office


$70,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Four Features Partners See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cast and crew slept at the main mansion location in Santa Barbara, California throughout the shooting of this movie. See more »


At the beginning of the movie, the "victim" falling from the balcony is obviously a dummy. See more »


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To All A Goodnight
29 May 2012 | by Toronto85See all my reviews

The idea of a killer dressed as Santa Claus attacking a group of young people at a sorority house sounds great to a horror fan like myself! Which is why I was so excited to this the other day. Unfortunately, 'To All A Goodnight' was a major disappointment. It had so much potential, but with so many flaws to me this is a below average slasher film that I wouldn't care to see again.

The movie begins with a girl accidentally falling to her death during a prank/initiation. Flash forward two years, this time with a group of new girls who are staying at the sorority house over Christmas. They invite a bunch of boys over to spend the holidays with them which of course was added just to increase the body count. Eventually, a killer dressed as Santa kills a few people and one of the body is discovered the next morning. A cop comes to the house and tells them to stay and lock up for the night (not sure why they listened, I would have gotten the hell out). Anyways, a few more murders happen that evening leading to the killer's revelation.

There are so many things wrong with the movie. The main group of characters are so annoying and make it hard to get through the film at times. The dialogue and acting are so bad, it just makes most scenes seem awkward. Plus, it's Christmas. Where is the snow? I feel that the movie could have been much more moody and creepier with a snowstorm outside or something. And why would they stay at the house an entire day after finding a bloody corpse. It makes no sense. Also, the lighting is pretty bad so don't expect to see everything clearly, including some of the kills.

The killers identity was sort of obvious to me anyways, but there is a second twist which came out of nowhere for me. It felt rushed and fell flat. 'To All A Goodnight' has it's moments, like a helicopter propeller kill and making one of the characters go completely insane after finding a decapitated head in the shower. But after I had so much anticipation in seeing this, I felt that it wasn't a very good movie and could have been so much better.


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