With a fair few Christmas themed horror movies to choose from, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of titles.
And as with all seasonal, novelty horrors, high quality films are hard to come by.
Silent Night, starring British acting legend Malcolm McDowell is set in a small snowy town in the run up to Noel.
But things aren’t too festive, thanks to a relentless bloodthirsty killer, dress as Santa, who is killing any sinner that he gets has leather gloved hands on.
McDowell is the Sheriff in the small police department, leading his handful on inexperienced officers into the bloody investigation. And as the bodycount grows so does their incompetence.
Silent Night doesn’t waste time with things like a solid story, good dialogue or convincing acting. It just heaps on the gore, cliche and fantasy.
The film bumbles along in a repetitive sequence – killing – failed investigation – killing – failed investigation etc. The only things breaking up the monotony are moments of McDowell shouting aggressively in a thoroughly unconvincing American accent, saying things like “Not in my town!” and “We don’t need the FBI”. And his favourite deputy, Aubrey (Jaime King), spends a lot of her time doubting her ability to do pretty much anything, making you wonder how she rose to the position of deputy in the first place.
Add to that the absurd fact that every man in the town is dressed like Saint Nic (making a hunt for a Santa killer a lot harder, or making the whole idea a lot more stupid – you decide) and you have a solid recipe for a seriously silly film.
The only saving grace was that for a majority of the film, the killer seemed to have little motive and no identity, making HIM interesting at least. Sadly, if you do make it to the ending, you’ll find even that element is disappointing explained away.
Yes, some of the kills are good. Yes, the killer looks pretty awesome. And yes, the effects and music are decent.
But I can’t imagine why McDowell ever got involved in this mess, starring in a movie ripe for a ‘straight to SyFy channel’ release.
Sure it’s festive, but will you thank Santa for placing Silent Night under your tree this year? I doubt it.
Oh and in case you were wondering, this isn’t a remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night, contrary to popular belief.