Saturday, January 8, 2011

Silent Night, Deadly Night: Part 2 (1987)

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Summing It Up:

This sequel to the infamous 80's Santa-slasher finds Billy's younger brother, Ricky, locked up and in counseling for his murderous behavior. Unfortunately for those around him. he busts out and goes on a rampage of his own.

Quick Thoughts: 
I've never thought that the original Silent Night, Deadly Night was a great film. Sure, it is fairly entertaining most of the time, and there are some memorable (and unintentionally laughable) moments in the film. However, for the most part, I feel like the controversy that surrounded it upon its initial release is far more interesting than the movie itself.

That being said, it's obvious that this film was made quickly and cheaply, for the sole purpose of cashing in on the attention that the first film had gotten. Apparently, one way to reduce the turnaround time was to just include about 40 minutes of footage from the original film; which is exactly what they did here. The good news is that this footage encompasses pretty much all of the interesting moments from the first film, so if you've never seen it, or if it's been a while, it's not really a problem. However, to avoid basically watching the same movie twice, back-to-back viewings of Silent Night, Deadly Night and this sequel are not recommended (unless, of course, you are only out to prove your tolerance for crap).

Other than that, this movie is surprisingly easy to watch. This is probably because the last half, when Ricky goes on his killing spree, is so ridiculously cheesy and over the top that you can't help but laugh at it. However, I'm sure that most of you know this by now; even if you've never seen the whole film. If you don't know what I'm referring to, then just search Youtube for the "Garbage Day" clip. That basically sums up the experience.

Also, it's worth nothing that, unlike the original, the Christmas factor really shouldn't affect your decision on what time of year you watch this. This is mainly because, aside from the "flashbacks," this movie has about as much of a Christmas feel as a hot day in July. Seriously, if they didn't flash the dates on the screen to let you know that it was December 24/25, you would never be able to tell. There's no snow, and everyone is wearing short sleeve shirts, etc.

Anyway, Silent Night, Deadly Night: Part 2 is far from being a good movie. In fact, it's pretty much a huge piece of shit. However, even after multiple viewings, it is still an entertaining piece of shit, and it's one that I think every B-grade horror fan should watch at least once for the experience.


3 out of 5


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