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Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! (1989)

R | | Horror | Video 9 November 1989
The comatose Ricky Caldwell reawakens and begins to stalk a blind woman, with whom he shares a psychic connection.


Monte Hellman


Rex Weiner (story) (as C. Laszlo), Monte Hellman (story) (as M. Hellman) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Scully ... Laura
Bill Moseley ... Ricky
Richard C. Adams Richard C. Adams ... Santa
Richard Beymer ... Dr. Newbury
Melissa Hellman Melissa Hellman ... Dr. Newbury's Assistant
Isabel Cooley ... Hospital Receptionist
Eric DaRe ... Chris (as Eric Da Re)
Leonard Mann ... Laura's Psychiatrist
Laura Harring ... Jerri (as Laura Herring)
Carlos Palomino Carlos Palomino ... Truck Driver
Elizabeth Hoffman ... Granny
Marc Dietrich Marc Dietrich ... Gas Station Attendant
Jim Ladd ... Newscaster
Robert Culp ... Lt. Connely
Richard N. Gladstein ... Detective


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-282

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When Your Nightmare Ends, the Real Terror Begins!




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The movie was largely rushed into production. The original script was discarded and rewritten in one week, starting in March 1989. Principal photography had finished by the end of April, editing was done in May, and the movie was first screened at a film festival in July. 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 »


[first lines]
Ricky: Laura...
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Follows Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) See more »

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"Who said you have to be the world's champion blind orphan?"
12 December 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Yes, we'd better all watch out. Watch out for the terrible acting in this terrible series of slasher flicks. After the abysmal part 2 I can't believe anyone thought the Silent Night, Deadly Night series needed to continue. But it was the '80s and crappy movies like these were very popular on home video. This time the Santa killer, Ricky Caldwell (Bill Moseley), is awakened from a coma and naturally returns to killing people. There's also a blind psychic girl (Samantha Scully) with a telepathic connection to the killer. Her brother has an awesome perm and loves denim. They take a trip to see their grandmother and find Ricky instead.

Samantha Scully is one of the worst actresses that ever lived. It's not surprising that her career was so brief. What is surprising is that her career didn't end with her first audition. She is exceptionally bad in this. Consider yourself warned. The movie is somewhat notable for being directed by cult director Monte Hellman, who does manage to imbue the film with more quirky weirdness than most '80s slasher sequels. Also notable for a nice Laura Harring nude scene. Robert Culp had bills to pay, I guess, so he's in this as a detective with one memorably awful scene discussing the merits of the car phone with his partner. It's really a dull chore of a movie to sit through, even for the most avid slasher fan. The acting is incompetent, the pace sluggish, and the 'kills' unimaginative. We can thank the good people at Ragu for the blood used in this. Avoid unless you really like garbage. And don't forget -- it's Piru, not Peru.

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Release Date:

9 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blind Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Quiet Films Inc. See more »
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1.85 : 1
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