Silent Night (2012) is an American Christmas-themed slasher film directed by Steven C. Miller. Screenplay by Jason Rothwell. Starring Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King, Donal Logue, Ellen Wong, Lisa Marie, Courtney-Jane White, Cortney Palm, John B. Lowe, Rick Skene, and Brendan Fehr. Based on Charles E. Sellier’s 1984 film Silent Night, Deadly Night. Distributed by Anchor Bay Films.

In 1984, the slasher classic Silent Night, Deadly Night that stunned audiences was banned across America, and remains the most notorious Christmas movie in history. Now, Santa is back, and he’s got a brand new bag of tricks. As their small Midwestern town prepares for its annual Christmas Eve parade, Sheriff (Malcolm McDowell of Halloween) and his deputy (Jaime King of My Bloody Valentine 3-D and Hart Of Dixie) discover that a maniac in a Santa suit is murdering those he judges as ”naughty.” Their sins? Porn, adultery, greed… And he will make sure they rest in heavenly pieces. Donal Logue (Shark Night 3D), Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World), Lisa Marie (The Lords of Salem), and Brendan Fehr (CSI:Miami) co-star in this brutal and darkly humorous tale of Christmas gone bad.

Rated R. 94 minutes. Watch the official trailer here …

My thoughts… Silent Night, if not the best Christmas-themed slasher film ever, is at the very least the best remake of a Christmas-themed slasher film ever! No – it’s the best remake of a slasher film ever! Silent Night works not only because of its re-worked but well-done slasher film clichés, but also because it’s driven by really good characters, like young Deputy Aubrey Bradimore (Jaime King), cantankerous old Sheriff James Cooper (Malcolm McDowell), and their cute dispatcher Brenda (Ellen Wong). Silent Night is like Fargo (1996) with a psychopathic Santa Claus! The best kill is softcore porn actress Maria (Cortney Palm of Zombeavers)! Santa chases the poor topless girl through the snow onto a Christmas tree lot. He throws his axe at her and it slices off left leg. He picks up the appendage and drops it into a wood chipper. Then he picks her up and stuffs her into the chipper foot first and it slowly grinds her up as she screams in vain! Ho-ho-ho, Merry Christmas!