Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

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Little Billy witnessed his parents getting killed by Santa after being warned by his senile grandpa that Santa punishes those who are naughty. Now Billy is 18, and out of the orphanage, and he has just become Santa, himself.


  • Lilyan Chauvin
  • Gilmer McCormick
  • Toni Nero
  • Robert Brian Wilson
  • Britt Leach
  • Nancy Borgenicht
  • H.E.D. Redford
  • Danny Wagner
  • Linnea Quigley
  • Leo Geter

Did You Know?


  • This film was known as "Slayride" throughout its production. Tri-Star decided to change the title to "Silent Night, Deadly Night" at the last minute.
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  • Following the murder of Ellie Chapman (Tara Buckman's character), she is shown one more time before the flash-forward to 1974, during which her heart can be seeing beating against her bare chest; even far more visible is the carotid pulse beating against the stage blood on her neck.
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    • Mother Superior: They thought they could do it without being caught. But when we do something naughty, we are always caught. Then, we are punished. Punishment is absolute, punishment is good.
    • Billy Chapman: Yes, Mother Superior.
    • Mother Superior: You left your room, William.
    • Billy Chapman: Yes, Mother Superior.
    • Mother Superior: Very, very naughty!
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Silent Night, Deadly Night brought the idea to new levels of cold sleaziness.

Metacritic review by Eric Henderson
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

It's fairly safe to predict that Silent Night, Deadly Night will start making Worst Movies of All Time lists almost immediately. It has all the prerequisites. A roaringly bad idea. Derivative scriptwriting. Tastelessness. Naked opportunism. A cast full of actors who mug, gesticulate and savor every rotten line. A general we're only in this for the money attitude, visible in every sloppy frame. And, to top it off, that most crucial quality: enough conscious or unconscious humor to keep you watching, and insulting, it. [11 March 1986, p.C5]

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

Silent Night, Deadly Night takes off from the notion that Santa Claus is an ax murderer, but it never quite lives up to the delicious perversity of its premise. An idea this shocking has to be earned; instead, director Charles Sellier Jr. (The Boogens) gives us another casually constructed splatter flick that has more to do with morbid arithmetic (the body count continues!) than movies.

Metacritic review by Paul Attanasio
Paul Attanasio
Washington Post