We went back to the 80’s with Silent Night, Deadly Night. Billy and his family go on an annual see crazy grandpa trip at a mental institute one Christmas Eve. Grandpa seems catatonic but when the parents back is turned he gives Billy some seasonal advice. There is a dark side to Santa Claus. You might get a present if you’ve been good but he’ll punish you badly if you’ve been naughty. Uber cute little Billy is scared out of his stockings by this. On the way home his family stop to help a broken down Santa at the side of the road. Santa is actually a criminal, who had just held up a gas station. Billy runs and hides. As he watches, Santa kills his parents. Billy and his brother get sent to an orphanage run by sadistic nuns. Well, one sadistic nun, the others are OK. Mother Superior thinks she can punish Billy’s fears from him. Not a good plan. Flash to the present and Billy has been given a job as a warehouse assistant in a toy shop….at Christmas and when their Santa breaks his leg, of course it’s Billy who gets the job. It does not end well, as he starts to punish the naughty (cue boobs and teenagers).
I wasn’t sure the boy would enjoy an 80’s movie but he loved it. The cheese, the horror and the retro. We found it really enjoyable. It was a good laugh, a fun slasher with some good deaths and a great back story. Alright, the layer of cheese was thick but we’re still giving it a respectable 7/10. It doesn’t hold up with age as well as Nightmare on Elm Street but the fact it was banned added to its cult status. On a side note, the babysitter, Denise was played by a scream queen from the 80’s, Linnea Quigley. While looking her up, I found out she did a horror exercise workout. How awesome is that?! I may have to get it.