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Martyrs.


This move is disturbing on several levels including long stretches of man on woman violence but the idea of a shadowy organization that tortures young woman in an attempt to verify the existence of the afterlife is pretty crazy as well.

The movie seems to blend or transition through several genres starting as a ghost story, then becoming a revenge story, until it reaches the final stretch where it's hard to define what the movie has become exactly.

The two main characters are Ana and Lucie who share a friendship established at an orphanage they both live in. Lucie was previously held at an abandoned abbatoir and abused for a lengthy amount of time before escaping to the orphanage and befriending Ana.

Years later Lucie arrives at a home and immediately kills a seemingly normal family viciously who she is certain were affiliated with her torturers. Lucie has been plagued by a ghost which is the manifestation of guilt she feels for leaving another girl behind years ago. After killing the family she realizes the ghost is still tormenting her and that she will never overcome her guilt and kills herself.

Ana explores the house and finds a victim that is bound to a chair and realizes Lucie was right about the family. Before she can escape a group of people arrive and kidnap Ana and also reveal they were behind Lucies kidnapping.

From here the movie gets pretty in your face with the violence Ana experiences. She is shown receiving daily beatdowns that are all pretty brutal in nature. Her spirit is broken until she finally let's go and achieves a transcendent state of mind. Everything Ana and the other victims have gone through has been done so a group of like minded people in a secret society can verify what the afterlife holds.

The movie is tense, dark and never really let's up in it's eeriness. It stuck with me long after watching it and I haven't watched it again. This movie has received moderately decent reviews, I wrote about it more so because I assume not enough people are familiar with this particular gem. Its a french film and a damn good one that will make you think about the ending for awhile.
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It's not out yet (no official word, but I guess they're aiming for a 2016 release date), but a Martyrs remake was completed not too long ago, and the movie premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Although, going by a handful of reviews I've read on horror websites, Martyrs 2015/2016 is a disappointing and tamed remake, following the tedious shot-for-shot remake formula.

For anyone, who's interested, a Fright Night documentary is set for a release in 2016. It's a low-budget production, but it could be a satisfying documentary for fans of the series. But it looks like they're only covering the 1985 original and the 1988 sequel, because there's no mention of the 2011 remake with Colin Farrell and Anton Yelchin, and that shitty cash-grab sequel Fright Night 2: New Blood.






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Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (1982)








Plot- After a menacing stranger murders Ellie Grimbridge's (Stacey Nelkin) father in Dr. Daniel Challis'(Tom Atkins) hospital, Ellie and Daniel team up to solve the mystery of Harry's (Ellie's father) death. To further complicate the bizarre series of events, Harry issued one final cryptic warning ("They're going to kill us") moments before his death. Ellie and Daniel's investigation leads them to a small town named Santa Mira, the Silver Shamrock Novelties company, Conal Cochran (Dan O'Herlihy), the proprietor of Silver Shamrock Novelties, and the growing popularity of his signature Halloween masks.

In Santa Mira, Daniel and Ellie meet The Kupfer Family, a disgruntled shop owner named Marge Guttman (Garn Stephens), and Cochran comes off as a seemingly harmless and charming businessman during a tour of the Silver Shamrock Novelties factory. But after one night in Santa Mira, it's clear something is not right in the small town with a curfew, and Cochran is clearly hiding something.

Unbeknownst to Daniel and Ellie, Marge Guttman is killed during a "misfire" after tampering with the Silver Shamrock logo on one of the masks, but Cochran quickly dismisses the accident as a minor problem, and he reassures Ellie and Daniel Marge will receive the best treatment money can buy at the factory.

Daniel's numerous attempts to alert the authorities are unsuccessful, and Daniel's ex-wife, Linda (Nancy Kyes) ignores his pleas for help. One night, a group of Cochran's android henchmen kidnap Ellie, foiling Ellie and Daniel's plans to escape and warn the outside world.

Daniel tries to rescue Ellie from the factory, but the androids eventually capture him. With Ellie and Daniel neutralized as hostages, Cochran finally explains his evil masterplan to Daniel and the deadly secret behind the Halloween masks. Time is running out, and any child wearing a Silver Shamrock mask during the big giveaway at the end of a televised horror marathon sponsored by Silver Shamrock is in for an unpleasant surprise after this commercial on Halloween night:



My Thoughts- Wait a minute. No Michael Myers, no Laurie Strode, and no Dr. Loomis? Bullshit! That was my first reaction to Season Of The Witch, when I watched it for the first time years ago. In fact, it took a while for Season Of The Witch to grow on me, and now it's one of my all-time favorites for horror films.

Dan O'Herlihy's Conal Cochran is definitely one of the more memorable villains in the Halloween series. At first, he's this charismatic and generous mogul with a welcoming presence, but he shows his true colors, as this maniacal monster towards the end. O'Herlihy blends both personalities together with ease to produce a suave and cold-blooded sociopathic villain, and Cochran's callous speech about his masterplan during the finale is one of the major highlights in Season Of The Witch.

As the primary setting for Season Of The Witch, Santa Mira plays a big part in Halloween III's eerie and gloomy aura. It's a quiet and desolate town with a curfew that's constantly under surveillance, and the shots of the empty streets and locals (including the androids) watching Ellie and Dan's every move is a nice touch. The only thing that's missing to complete Santa Mira's creepiness is a big tumbleweed rolling through the town's main street.

Tom Atkins and Stacey Nelkin share good chemistry as an unlikely duo. Ellie is this young and attractive woman, who's determined to solve the mystery behind her father's death, and she has feelings for Daniel. On the other hand, Daniel is a divorcee, who abandons his kids after making a promise, so he can run off with a woman (and a six pack of beer) that's half his age and his wife's age (Tom Atkins makes fun of his character in the documentary on the collector's edition) for a brief fling. Oh, and he's going to solve a murder mystery for someone, who's (for the most part) a complete stranger to him.

For years, Halloween III: Season Of The Witch was the black sheep in the Halloween franchise. Fans were upset at the experiment and the absence of central characters, and Season Of The Witch disrupted the continuity in the series. But over the years, Season Of The Witch has earned a reputation as a cult classic and a film that was misunderstood during its initial run in theaters. It's kind of a shame, and I know this is wishful thinking at its best, but remove Halloween and III from the title, and Season Of The Witch could've been an instant horror classic without the backlash back in the 80's.

Season Of The Witch is a true gem from the 80's horror era, and it's definitely my favorite 80's Tom Atkins' horror movie (The Fog is a close second). It's an eerie sci-fi horror film with a distinct gloomy aura, the movie features a number of genuine and shocking surprises (the revelation for the androids, android Ellie attacking Daniel towards the end, Cochran revealing his plan, etc.), some gory moments (i.e. Marge Guttman's death), and Atkins screaming "STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" (someone should've pulled that kid away from the TV at the gas station) during the final Silver Shamrock commercial to end the movie is a great cliffhanger. And you can throw in some cheesy moments and comedy, with The Kupfer Family (poor Little Buddy was the guinea pig during Cochran's demonstration) providing most of the comic relief

On a side note, Scream Factory's special 30th Anniversary Silver Shamrock Collector's Edition (check out the photo for the Blu-Ray cover above) features some more great box cover art, and the special features are pretty good. A little 15-20 min. documentary (Stacey Nelkin still looks good after all these years), another Horror's Hallowed Grounds special (long story short, it's a little documentary series that takes a behind the scenes look at the original shooting locations used in horror movies and the host gives a "Did you know?" backstory for said locations), and the special features includes the original promo material (trailers, TV spots, radio spots, etc.). Highly recommended for fans of Season Of The Witch.
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First off: why have I not seen this thread before? I apologize Mitch, I would have been all over it had I. Secondly, on the subject of remaking the film Matryrs, fuck that. There are very few cases where a great film really needed a remake, and almost always when Hollywood finds a great foreign film they want to adapt with Americans, it turns out to be shit. Almost always, there are a few very rare exceptions like the original Ring, or more recently Let The Right One In, but I just don't have high hopes for anyone being able to recreate the lofty philosophical streak of the original. That's what I love so much about that movie, it's not just a perfect example of the New French Extremity movement but it also poses serious questions about death, pain, and the afterlife. That's something organic and just hard to recreate.

And third and finally, fuck yeah Halloween III. I love Season of the Witch without shame, despite hating it on first viewing as a seven year old wanting his next Myers fix. I grew to love it quickly by the time I was a teenager on multiple rewatches though, and of course it helps that Tom fuckin' Atkins is in it. Tom Atkins, for those non 80s horror lovers, is like mixing Tom Selleck, Burt Reynolds, and Bruce Campbell into a blender and coming out with this wisecracking, badass, surly old fuck who popped up all over 80s horror films to genre fan's delight. I didn't see you mention it so in case you haven't seen it Mitch, please do immediately check out Night of the Creeps, a great cheesy sci-fi/horror jumble with zombies and aliens and humor and Tom Atkins at his best, firing off one liners and getting to spout some truly amazing dialogue while chewing B-movie scenery. It's great.

I am always down to talk about horror man. I just haven't been around the forum much the last few years until the last few months.
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Lulz. I have to take the blame for that, because I forget to bump this thread every now and then, so it gets lost in the shuffle or buried in here. I'll try to keep things going with more consistent updates from now on.

Agreed 100% with your take on American remakes for foreign horror films. A very low success rate, and the shot-for-shot complaints for the Martyrs remake? That's a big red flag. There's a fine line for paying homage to the original film, and producing a lazy retread to draw in fans of the original with morbid curiosity.

Yeah, Tom Atkins is pure 80's horror/ B-movie gold, and Night Of The Creeps has been on my must-watch list for a long time now. I have a fairly large stack of 80's horror movies still wrapped in plastic (the recent-ish collector's editions for the original Sleepaway Camp, II, and III, From A Whisper To A Scream, My Best Friend Is A Vampire, etc.), but I'll definitely get around to it as soon as possible.
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Honeymoon (2014)







Plot- At first, Newlyweds Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) enjoy a peaceful honeymoon at Bea's family cabin in her small hometown, but things change after an awkward and tense encounter with Bea's old childhood friend, Will (Ben Huber) and his wife, Annie (Hanna Brown).

One night, Paul finds a disorientated Bea alone and naked in the woods near the cabin. Paul immediately panics, but Bea dismisses the incident as harmless sleepwalking. Bea tries to reassure him, but Bea's erratic and bizarre behavior troubles Paul, so he decides to investigate to find answers.

After a series of unusual incidents, it's clear Bea is hiding something. An unhinged Paul ties Bea to the bed, and Paul relentlessly interrogates Bea, but Paul is forced to deal with a bigger problem, when Bea reveals the truth.....

My Thoughts- Honeymoon is one of those of small, low-budget horror films that caught my eye a while ago after the first trailer, so I decided to give it a try.

The story between Paul and Bea takes center stage in Honeymoon. They're a young and happy married couple, but things go downhill after the sleepwalking incident. Usually, when I see a trailer or read a synopsis for a low-budget horror/sci-fi flick, I expect some bland and generic film that relies on too many jump scares, but the writers put a surprising amount of effort into Paul and Bea's relationship.

After Paul catches Bea sleepwalking, you can clearly see Paul is hesitant to trust her, and there's some uneasy tension between the two. On top of that, Paul suspects foul play and the possibility of an affair with Will. The second-guessing, the mistrust on both sides, and Bea's suspicious activities. Honeymoon takes the time to tell the story of two people, who are having second thoughts about each other, trusting each other, and what happens, when the bloom is off the rose in the early stages of marriage, and it's a refreshing approach.

Director/co-writer Leigh Janiak (in her debut film) doesn't rely on jump scares. Instead, she takes a more a claustrophobic approach to create an unsettling and tense atmosphere in Honeymoon, and the nighttime scenes in the woods are genuinely eerie.

The big reveal at the end? I have mixed feelings for it, and it's a real double-edged sword. Janiak does a good job of building the suspense, and slowly piecing together the mystery with a series of head-scratching clues.

On the flip side of that, when Bea finally tells Paul the truth, it's not that hard to take a shot at guessing the identity of the culprits (ALIENS!!!!). It's never 100% confirmed, but you have to believe extraterrestrial interference is the source of the problem(s), when Bea goes into her explanation about what happened in the woods. Let's see, someone mysteriously returns to an original location with no clothes, and at first they have no memory of what happened. To add to that, there's a scene, where Annie and Bea are drawn to bright lights. Does any of that sound familiar?

Still, Honeymoon's ambiguity is a positive attribute. The final series of events are thought-provoking, and the less is more approach was the right move. The gory and bloody stuff is kept to a mimnuim here, but I'll say this, there's a nasty scene, where Bea tries to use a fire poker to solve the problem. And shortly after that, there's another gross-out moment, when a slimy creature with tentacles is revealed.

Honeymoon is not without its flaws, but it's a solid little sci-fi/horror film, and Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway share good chemistry. You can buy into Paul and Bea as a happy couple, and when things go south, Leslie is believable as a nervous and emotionally unstable trainwreck, and kudos to Treadaway for making the transition to a delirious and paranoid man, who refuses to believe anything that comes out of Bea's mouth. It's not a sleeper hit, not by a longshot, but Honeymoon is MUCH better than your run-of-the-mill low-budget horror/sci-fi film about aliens (presumably), bright lights, and unexplained mysteries in a small town.
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Plot- During the Christmas season, a young Billy Chapman is anxious to meet Santa Claus, but during a visit to an institution, Billy's deranged grandfather crushes Billy's hopes and dreams. Grandpa Chapman (Will Hare) warns Billy about Santa's merciless wrath for punishing naughty children on Christmas, but Billy's mother dismisses Grandpa Chapman's warnings as meaninglessness babble from a crazy old man.

After his grandfather's story, Billy is terrified at the thought of meeting Santa Claus, and things get worse, when the family runs into a man dressed in a Santa suit during the trip home after the visit to the institution. Billy's parents see an opportunity for Billy to meet Santa Claus and erase any doubts, but the man uses car trouble to lure Billy's parents into a trap. The man murders Billy's parents, leaving his infant brother Ricky in the car, but Billy manages to find a safe hiding spot, and he survives the attack.

Billy and Ricky spend the rest of their childhood years in a Catholic orphanage run by nuns, and Billy is still afraid of Santa Claus. At the orphanage, Sister Margaret (Gilmer McCormick) tries to comfort and understand a traumatized Billy, but the strict and ruthless Mother Superior (Lilyan Chauvin) constantly punishes and beats Billy.

As an adult, Billy (Robert Brian Wilson), with some help from Sister Margaret and Mother Superior, lands a job at Ira's Toys. Billy tries to adjust and live a normal life, but things take a turn for the worst, when Mr. Sims (Britt Leach) picks Billy to be the store's meet-and-greet Santa Claus for the children.

A disturbed Billy tries to hold it together in the Santa suit, but numerous incidents during a Christmas party at Ira's Toys, ending with Billy witnessing a co-worker named Andy (Randy Stumpf) trying to rape another co-worker named Pamela (Toni Nero), triggers a series of flashbacks. Billy finally snaps to start a brutal killing spree as Santa Claus, and as the body count rises, Billy eventually returns to the orphanage with plans to murder a wheelchair-bound Mother Superior on Christmas Day.....

My Thoughts- Back in 1984, Silent Night, Deadly Night sparked a good amount of outrage, including protests. To add to that, notable critics, including Gene Siskel, Roger Ebert, and Leonard Maltin publicly condemned the film, so it was only a matter of time before TriStar Pictures was pressured into pulling SNDN from theaters. The film was later re-released by Aquarius Films in an attempt to capitalize off of the controversy. Of course, Silent Night, Deadly Night has gained a sizable cult following over the years.

If I'm looking at this from an objective standpoint, going by 1980's standards, I guess you could say Silent Night, Deadly Night was too much, but still, I have a hard time buying into "crossing the line" complaints.

Sure, I understand why portraying Santa Claus as a murderous lunatic in a horror film sparked the controversy and outrage for numerous reasons, but I can't think of one truly jaw-dropping or outrageous scene in Silent Night, Deadly Night. If we're talking about nudity and sex, SNDN is a very tamed film. Gore, blood, and violence? Please, I've seen far worse in other 80's slashers (The Prowler, My Bloody Valentine, etc.).

With all that said, if you're looking for a worthwhile Christmas horror film, Silent Night, Deadly Night 1984 is not a bad choice. SNDN '84 is the epitome of cheesy 80's B-movie horror films/slashers. The movie is loaded with a number of funny conrball moments, with Grandpa Chapman's kooky ominous warning to Billy as the main highlight (one minute he's a crazy old man, and in the blink of an eye, he's silent and seemingly stuck in a comatose state). Also, to add to the humorous stuff in SNDN, there's a scene, where Billy randomly uses his axe to behead a snowman, and as a kid, Billy punches a man in Santa suit after he refuses to sit on his lap (under Mother Superior's orders).

If we're talking about performances, Lilyan Chauvin takes the top spot, as this callous and cold-hearted disciplinarian, and Robert Brian Wilson delivers with the hammy unhinged lunatic act. Charles Dierkop is appropriately sleazy and despicable as the Santa, who murders Billy's parents, and 80's scream queen Linnea Quigley (as Denise) fills the usual role of a scream queen here.

SNDN features a handful of grisly images and brutal deaths, including Quigley's bloody corpse impaled on the antlers of a deer head, Billy using a set of Christmas lights to strangle Andy, and a claw hammer stuck in a dead Mr. Sims' forehead. And the cliffhanger with Billy's axe pointing towards Ricky, and Ricky saying "naughty" as a warning to Mother Superior sets up the sequel.

Of course, the Christmas setting and the story helps separate SNDN from the crowded pack of 80's slashers, and SNDN feels genuinely sleazy, with a number of immoral and scumbag characters.
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Few things in life prepared my ten year old self for the opening scene of this film, in which our main character's father is shot, his mother is raped and then has her throat slit, all by a man in a Santa Claus outfit. No wonder I became such a well adjusted person!

Have really been meaning to rewatch this the past two years, during both the Halloween and Christmas seasons, and haven't gotten around to it either times. Has been a few years but though it drags in a few spots, it's great fun once the killings start. I mean, come on, if you have Linnea Quigley in your 80s slasher film, it's worth watching because you know you're going to be seeing her tits at some point and Linnea Quigley is hot and awesome.

Plus her kill is the best in this film on the antlers. Talk about implants! Ba-dum-tssh.
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SNDN is one of my favorite Christmas horror films, easily, and I try to squeeze it in every year around Halloween or during the Christmas season. The subtle hilarity for Quigley's half nude scene always pulls a laugh out of me. When she decides to let the cat in the house, she goes outside in freezing sub-zero weather topless, but somehow she has the wherewithal to put on shorts. Only in horror movies, especially 80's slashers.

Yeah, SNDN is dull in certain parts, but I'd say a lot of that is due to the film taking the time to show how Billy turned into a sociopathic murderer. It's definitely a tedious step by step process at times, showing everything in chronological order starting in Billy's childhood years, with everything leading up to the moment, where he finally snaps. Although, depending on the film and the story, I actually prefer slashers with a storytelling style similar to SNDN over the usual random nutjob with a vague backstory running around and hacking everyone to bits with their weapon of choice.

A new post for Part 2 is coming soon, and thoughts on the other SNDN films. 'Tis the season!
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Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)




Plot- Following the events of Silent Night, Deadly Night, Billy's younger brother, Ricky Caldwell (Eric Freeman) tells his story during a psychiatric evaluation with Dr. Henry Bloom (James L. Newman) on Christmas Eve. As an eighteen year old man, Ricky is confined to a mental institution after brutally murdering numerous people, including his girlfriend, Jennifer Statson (Elizabeth Kaitan). During the evaluation, Ricky is forced to relive a series a traumatic events from his past, including the man dressed as Santa murdering his parents, his childhood in the orphanage, and Billy's killing spree and his death.

Dr. Bloom is looking for answers and a breakthrough during the evaluation, but Dr. Bloom triggers another murderous rampage, when he finally pushes Ricky over the edge. Ricky escapes the institution after murdering Dr. Bloom, and after murdering a Salvation Army Santa, Ricky steals his Santa suit.

Dressed as Santa, Ricky plans to finish what his brother started with Mother Superior (Jean Miller). Mother Superior is still wheelchair-bound, living alone, and she's recovering from a stroke. Can the police and Sister Mary (Nadya Wynd) save a defenseless Mother Superior before it's too late?

My Thoughts- If you pay close attention to the trailer, you'll notice the vast majority of the footage used in the trailer is from the original Silent Night, Deadly Night. If we're talking about the balance for archived footage from the original and Part 2's storyline, it's definitely an uneven split.

Here's the thing about SNDN Part 2's flashback approach. The majority of the flashbacks are not limited to short clips. A handful of scenes are replayed in their entirety throughout the movie, with Freeman playing the role of a narrator.

When the story finally makes the transition to focus on Ricky 100% as the main character after Billy's death, SNDN Part 2 continues the Ricky intimidates Dr. Bloom before jumping into his next story, flashback, switch to the present, repeat style of storytelling. Of course the main difference is, you see new flashbacks chronicling Ricky's descent into madness starting with his life after the orphanage, with everything leading up to escape from the institution.

SNDN Part 2's technique for using and relying on footage from the first film as a storytelling device feels tedious at times, and it can be annoying. But after watching Part 2 a few times over the years, I've mellowed on my disdain for the constant flashbacks and using footage from the original. Like it or not, there's a method to the madness. It's a double-edged sword. SNDN Part 2 answers all the "Why?" questions, pinpointing each crucial moment in Ricky's past with flashbacks from the present storyline and the original film. Yes, you could say overkill is a problem, but the flashbacks are well-placed, so they work as tie-ins for the current storyline.

Replacing Lilyan Chauvin with Jean Miller for the new Mother Superior is another big problem here. Mother Superior was a cold-hearted and remorseless authority figure in the first film. But in Part 2, she's this feeble and crabby old lady. It's a problem, because the new Mother Superior ruins the big climax during the final showdown between Superior and Ricky. Sister Mary? There's no need for a in-depth explanation for her character. Think about another Sister Margaret from the first film. She believes he can change, and she wants to help him as a support system. Just replace Billy with Ricky, and reduce Sister Mary's screen time.

Eric Freeman is SNDN Part 2's saving grace, easily. His hilarious and over the top performance as this nutty and unhinged psychopath is the main highlight here. He's SNDN 2's pulse, and without him, the first sequel is an unwatchable film.

From a quality standpoint, it's hard to come out and recommend SNDN Part 2 with a big thumbs up. There's a good chance the constant flashbacks (including a hefty amount of footage from the first film) will irritate or bore some people, and you could say SNDN Part 2 is a "strictly for SNDN fans" film. And if you try to question the logic behind the story, you'll give yourself a headache. For starters, you'll wonder how Ricky vividly remembers the sleazy Santa murdering his parents (keep in mind, he was still an infant, when it happened), and how he conveniently wanders into the woods to catch and kill a scumbag, who's trying to rape his girlfriend. And to add insult to injury, there's an embarrassing moment, when Mother Superior's severed head is sitting on the ground during the closing moments of the movie, because you can clearly see signs of a prosthetic dummy head.

But the movie features a handful of redeeming qualities as a guilty pleasure. Freeman's performance, Ricky's "garbage day" (popularized as a meme) killing spree, and for horror fans, SNDN Part 2 features some inventive and nasty deaths (Ricky using an umbrella to kill Rocco The Loan Shark, Ricky using jumper cables to electrocute Chip, etc.). Also, SNDN Part 2 delivers some good laughs every now and then (i.e. the fiasco between Ricky and the jerk at the movie theater). SNDN Part 2 is low on the totem poll for horror cult classics. The movie is loaded with problems, but if you're a fan of Christmas horror, the first film, or if you're interested to see what happens after the cliffhanger in the original, SNDN Part 2 is worth a try.

A quick rundown for the other Silent Night, Deadly Night sequels and the remake.....

Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!

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It's the first Silent Night, Deadly Night film that chooses to drop the killer Santa theme, and I'll give it a few bonus points for trying something different. Still, it's a mediocre sequel, Dr. Newbury is an annoying character, and Bill Moseley is an underwhelming replacement for Eric Freeman's Ricky. Samantha Scully does a good job with her performance as Laura, but Better Watch Out! is still a chore to sit through.

Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation

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They completely drop the Christmas killer/Santa killer theme here, and Part 4 ignores the storylines in the original, Part 2, and Better Watch Out! with a new set of characters. It's a refreshing entry in the series. After three films, the Christmas murderer and the crazy Santa stuff had run its course, so it was time for a change. Overall, Kim is a STUPID main character, but Initiation is decent enough, and it's a repulsive and disgusting horror film, with some genuine gross-out moments.

Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker

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Harmless. It's the first word that comes to mind, when I think about The Toy Maker. The screenplay is pedestrian, and the acting is so-so. To add to that, if you're looking for blood and gore, you'll be disappointed, because when it comes to violence, The Toy Maker is a tamed film. Also, Micky Rooney slammed the original Silent Night, Deadly Night film, but he has a part as one of the main characters here.

Silent Night (2012)

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It's a loose remake (very loose), and the only noticeable connections between the '84 original and the remake are in the title and the killer Santa theme, and that's about it. You'll see a completely different story with new characters. No nostalgia, and no real winks or nods to the original, so if you're looking for a film that's going to pay homage, you're in for an unpleasant surprise.

With all that said, Silent Night is a solid "remake." Santa is more menacing without any hokey humor attached to his character, a flame thrower is his signature weapon, and the dark eyes for the mask are a nice touch. Silent Night 2012 doesn't feel like a Silent Night, Deadly Night film (parts I & II), but it's definitely worth a try, if you're into Christmas horror.

The Home Media Situation

For years, the combo pack containing Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) and Part 2 on DVD was out of print.

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Well, you could buy a few rare copies, if you were willing to pay for the ridiculously overpriced sets on Amazon, Ebay, and other places online. But when Anchor Bay Films secured the rights to Silent Night, Deadly Night, they re-released the combo pack a few years ago, and I didn't hesitate to reserve it and pick it up on the release date. Also, Anchor Bay Films released a special 30th anniversary Blu-Ray for the original last year:

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It's hard (and damn near impossible) to find Parts 3, 4, and 5 as individual DVD sets, so it's easier to pick up the combo pack containing all three films. I've had it for a few years now, but when I picked up the combo pack, I got it for a cheap price:

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New Year's Evil (1980)







Plot- As a popular punk rock superstar, Diane Sullivan or "Blaze" (Roz Kelly) hosts the Hollywood Hotline Countdown Show, a call-in show featuring music, a live crowd, and punk rock music performances, at a hotel to celebrate the New Year on New Year's Eve. Blaze's husband, Richard (Kip Niven) is in Palm Springs, and Blaze's son, Derek (Grant Cramer) joins the party with plans to surprise Blaze with a special announcement, but Blaze shuns Derek. Blaze and her manager, Ernie Moffet (Jed Mills) are more concerned with producing a successful show, but an unexpected dilemma pops up, when Blaze's assistant, Yvonne (Alicia Dhanifu) mysteriously disappears.

Blaze enjoys the party and the show, but things change, when the first caller delivers an ominous warning to Blaze. To hide his true identity, a stranger named Evil uses a voice changer mouthpiece, and he promises to murder various women during each countdown to the New Year in different time zones. And towards the end of his killing spree, Evil promises he will murder Blaze.

At first, the threat is dismissed as a cruel prank call, but Evil proves he's not joking around, when he brutally murders a nurse at a sanatorium. The body count rises during the countdown, and Lieutenant Ed Clayton (Chris Wallace) and Sergeant Greene (Jon Greene) try to protect and reassure Blaze, but Blaze is stuck in a life-or-death struggle, when Evil finally confronts and corners her at the hotel. To make matters worse, Blaze's emotions might jeopardize her chances of survival, when Evil reveals his true identity......

My Thoughts- New Year's Evil is short on likable characters. Blaze? She's the main character, but in the early stages of the movie, before her character hits the sympathetic victim stage(s), Blaze comes off as an annoying and self-absorbed control freak, and she only shows interest in a mother/son relationship, when it's convenient for her. Derek is someone you want to feel sympathy for, but throughout the movie, it's clear Derek has a few loose screws, and they constantly tease the possibility of Derek being the killer.

So who's the killer? It's....wait for it........





It's Richard! Yeah, Richard doesn't wear a mask during the murders, and you'll see his face from beginning (with the one exception for the scene in the trailer) to end. New Year's Evil doesn't reveal the husband/wife connection between Diane and Richard until the final stages of the movie, and Richard uses disguises and fake names to hide his true identity throughout the movie.

The big twist at the end is decent, and yeah, you could say it's a genuine surprise, but I won't go as far as jaw-dropping. True, they don't reveal the connection between Blaze and Richard until the very end, so you don't know Evil is Blaze's husband. I know it's a nitpicky complaint, but you can see Richard's face over and over again, so a mask or some kind of covering for the face could've helped the secrecy for Evil's character.

Gore and blood? Eh, you'll see some blood in New Year's Evil, but if you're looking for nasty gore, you should try another 80's slasher. For the most part (Evil using a large marijuana bag to strangle one of his victims is the lone exception), they never show the kills in New Year's Evil. There's the one scene, where they show Evil raising the switchblade, the silhouette of Evil's arm stabbing the nurse, and the bloody switchblade, but still, they never show Evil murdering the nurse. You'll only see the aftermath, with bloody and mangled corpses during Evil's killing spree. With all that said, New Year's Evil actually delivers some truly gruesome images, with a dead body sliding down a children's swing set as my standout pick.

New Year's Evil is loaded with horror cliches (i.e. creaky doors slowly opening) and tropes, included the ditzy blonde (the woman sitting in the backseat in the trailer at the 0:59-1:00 mark) aimlessly running through the woods, while the maniac (Evil) chases her. To add to that, New Year's Evil is a very campy and corny slasher, and it's hard to not laugh, when Evil calls Blaze on the hotline and he introduces himself with "It's Eeeeeeeeeeevilllllll!" using the voice changer, or when he tells Blaze "I'm going to commit muurrrder at midnight." Also, if you're looking for a fair amount of nudity in New Year's Evil, you'll be disappointed. There's a scene, where a woman in a van flashes (don't blink or you'll miss it) another car, and you have Teri Copley's (the woman in the backseat) semi-topless scene, but that's about it.

The "I'm going to finish what my father started" cliffhanger, with Derek sitting in the front seat and driving the ambulance after murdering the medic works, and it softens the blow for Evil's lame and anticlimactic suicide jump. To add to that, Kip Niven's performance is the only true highlight here, and he's genuinely creepy, when he confesses to Blaze to reveal his true colors as this misogynistic psychopath.

I wish I could tell you New Year's Evil is an underrated horror film, and I wish I could tell you the soundtrack is something special, but it's not. If we're talking about New Year's Evil's cult classic status, it's a bottom of the barrel slasher at best, and without the holiday themed story, New Year's Evil is just another interchangeable and forgettable 80's slasher. Also, if you pay close attention to the trailer, you'll see Blaze dangling from handcuffs in an elevator shaft. It should be a tense, nail-biting fiasco, and one of the more promising scenes in the movie, but it's not. Instead, the elevator shaft scene is by far one of the bigger letdowns in New Year's Evil. As far as the music goes, the title track is kind of catchy, but that's about it.


New Year's Evil is a formulaic 80's slasher from start to finish, but I still enjoy it as a passable guilty pleasure, and I can understand why others enjoy it with a "so bad it's good" mindset. IF you're a die hard horror aficionado, if you're into 80's slashers, or if you're looking for holiday horror films, New Year's Evil is a decent enough film to take a chance on, and the runtime is fairly short (somewhere around 1hr. & 23min. mark), but at the same time, you're not missing anything truly special with New Year's Evil.

I can't remember the exact date, but Scream Factory secured the rights to New Year's Evil, and they released the movie on DVD and Blu-Ray (separately, not as the usual combo pack) sometime last year. If you're interested in New Year's Evil, you can watch it on YouTube. New Year's Evil is definitely not the type of film you should go out and buy without watching it first, so a test run on YouTube is probably the best option. As I said before, the runtime is short, so don't pay attention to the runtime that's somewhere around 1hr. & 45min. mark on YouTube, because whoever uploaded it recorded some other show and commercials also.

For now (thinking about My Bloody Valentine for February), that's it for holiday horror stuff, so things will be back to normal with the next series of posts.
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