Monday, December 19, 2016

The Weather Outside is Frightful, or Thoughts on Silent Night, Bloody Night

Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972) follows a series of axe murders at an abandoned mansion and former insane asylum on Christmas Eve.  The convoluted plot distills down to something John Carpenter would make famous in Halloween (1977); a killer escapes from the looney bin and returns to his home town/childhood home where he’s a local urban legend, bloody mayhem ensues.  You’ve heard this story before, but it was fresh in 1972.
Cult actor and B-movie superstar Mary Woronov from Death Race 2000 (1975), The Devil’s Rejects (2005) and House of the Devil (2009) portrays Diane Adams, the Sheriff’s daughter and the closest thing this movie has to Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode.  John Carradine (David’s father), who would go on to star in The Howling (1981) also makes an appearance.  The acting’s a little stiff overall, John Carradine is the only truly professional and he has no speaking lines.  He rings a bell like Hector Salamanca.   
An atmospheric 70s gothic with a dash of Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971) and Night of The Living Dead (1968) except sadly, sans zombies, there’s nothing supernatural or particularly notable about the killer.  The scares, such as they are a simply the result of the juxtaposition of a killer at Christmastime.  The remake (there’s always a remake) elaborated on the back-story in Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming (2013).  I didn’t watch it, there’s only so much I can do for you people.

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