Saturday, December 8, 2012

Silent Night (2012)

Fear 2/5
Gore 5/5
Entertainment 5/5
Creepinesss 2/5

A loose remake of the infamous 1984 slasher film, Silent Night captures the spirit of that film while being it's own beast. And a beast it is. The crazed, Santa outfit sporting lunatic in this one, is much more brutal and intimidating. And the story itself attempts to be something different without rehashing what was done before. Throw in some fantastic kills and random nudity, what more could you ask for?

The always beautiful Jaime King plays the deputy of a small town that looks like it lept off a Norman Rockwell painting. Along with her sarcastic and always smart alecky chief (Malcolm McDowell), they're running mad through town just a few days before Christmas, trying to track down the Jolly Fat Bastard suited man who's leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake. Who's he taking down exactly? Only naughty people (sorry, couldn't resist): adulterers, smut peddlers, drug dealers, and bratty little fucktard kids.

As she's on the trail, our deputy learns more about the back story behind this multiple weapons wielding lunatic who's fucking shit up in her town during the merriest time of year. This backstory combined  with our 'surprise' ending makes this a bit more of an inspired effort and not your run of the mill horror remake. I found it to be a bit refreshing and not the same ol' same ol'.

That's not to say you won't find all of the hallmarks of a good slasher in abundance. The kills are memorable (wood chipper anyone?) and the random boobage just right. But what really makes the film for me are the references to the series and to classic Christmas themed horror flicks. This combination of the old and new is what made the film work and again, not your run of the mill remake.

You can check out Silent Night now via various VOD platforms and it's available to purchase on Amazon.

Cortez the Killer

1 comment:

Emily said...

I'm intrigued. I've always said if you're going to remake movies, you might as well remake the not great ones. Now I ADORE the whole SNDN series, but I'll never defend them as being good (well, part 5 is surprisingly strong, but nevermind). I'll put this on the list for next xmas season.