Silent Night is yet another addition to a long line of direct-to-DVD/Blu-ray holiday slasher films with grisly deaths and a serial killer dressed up as Santa Claus. In this unfortunate movie, a small-town sheriff (Malcolm McDowell) and his deputy (Jaime King) try to find a murderer dressed up as Santa Claus just as their town is preparing for Christmas. His victims are porn stars, bratty children, hypocritical preachers, and anyone else he deems as naughty, but he has a bigger target in mind and a grudge that needs to be repaid. For the deputy and sheriff, the job of finding the real killer Santa is made even tougher as hundreds of Santas descend upon the town for the winter festivities.
Now, I am a fan of dark holiday movies. Nightmare Before Christmas and Rare Exports are a nice break from the usual sugary-sweet Claymation nostalgia, and battling mall crowds while rock covers of The 12 Days of Christmas blare on repeat at Sears is enough to make anyone consider murder. Silent Night tries to be funny by ripping off Fargo's infamous wood chipper scene and electrocuting a victim with Christmas tree lights, but these efforts mostly fall flat. Without that dark humor, all that is left is a 94-minute color-by-number horror film with only Malcolm McDowell and a surprise flame thrower attack to break up the tedium. There are plenty of other better dark Christmas movies to choose from, and I can't recommend Silent Night even to devout horror fans.
Blu-ray Bonus Features
Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette and deleted scenes.
"Silent Night" is on sale December 4, 2012 and is rated R. Directed by Steven C Miller. Written by Jayson Rothwell. Starring Donal Logue, Jaime King, Malcolm McDowell.