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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

After his parents are murdered, a tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gilmer McCormick ...
Sister Margaret
Toni Nero ...
Robert Brian Wilson ...
Britt Leach ...
Nancy Borgenicht ...
Mrs. Randall
H.E.D. Redford ...
Captain Richards
Danny Wagner ...
Billy at 8
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Leo Geter ...
Randy Stumpf ...
Will Hare ...
Tara Buckman ...
Geoff Hansen ...
Father (Jim) (as Jeff Hansen)
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Storyline

After seeing his parents murdered in front of him a young bit spends most of his life in an orphanage where he is abused by the mother superior when he turns into a teenager he gets a job as a department store santa and when he sees two people having sex in the store he gets flashbacks when his parents and when he can't take it anymore he turns into a santa serial killer. Written by devint-16816

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If "A Nightmare on Elm Street" gave you sleepless nights, or if "Halloween" made you jump in every shadow or if every "Friday the 13th" was more frightening that the others... THEN BEWARE! See more »

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Release Date:

9 November 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Slayride  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,065,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,432,800 (USA) (11 November 1984)

Gross:

$2,491,460 (USA) (18 November 1984)
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Trivia

The release of this film was picketed by angry parents who were not happy to see Santa Claus depicted as an ax murderer, despite the fact that Tales from the Crypt (1972) had done the exact same thing twelve years earlier, and Christmas Evil (1980) had done the same thing in 1980. As a result, box office sales plummeted and the film was shelved for another year where it saw new light in an uncut video form (which has since gone out of print). See more »

Goofs

When the children are seen singing "O Come, All Ye Faithful", their mouths are off-sync with the vocals. See more »

Quotes

Jim Chapman: Need a ride, Santa Claus?
Killer Santa: Oh, no, not exactly.
Jim Chapman: What's the problem?
Killer Santa: Oh, there's no problem. It's just that I've run into a bit of lolly luck.
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Christmas Flu
Written by Morgan Ames
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Silent Night, 80's Frights!
19 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A classic to many fans of horror and independent cinema, Silent Night Deadly Night definitely wins the award for having the most gorgeous, super nice, hunk of a killer ever on screen!

I mean, if this guy came at me with an axe, I wouldn't be running...

Robert Brian Wilson, who went on to star in many US soaps, just has you hooked as the beautiful, gentle killer with his W shaped smile that has such good reason to be the way he is, you can't help feel sorry for him.

Adding to the tragedy of what he witnessed as a young boy when a guy dressed as Santa killed his parents, comes an evil nun bitch who just makes his life worse, and to be honest, would do the same to anyone!

With great 80's flair and drama, the final cherry on top is when the store he works at has him dress as Santa for the Xmas period. Even as his worst nightmare, our hero is sweet enough not to upset his boss and gives it a shot.

Unfortunately from here on in, the rest of the community is in for a jolly time as our handsome killer Santa slays his way to mother superior to take revenge on the wicked penguin that taunted him!

A classic, yes. Perfect, no. But still highly enjoyable and well worth the watch for any true horror fan...


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