Silent Night, Deadly Night

Silent Night, Deadly Night

USA | 1984 | 82 min. | Charles E. Sellier Jr.

December 3, 2023

Santa Claus is coming to town...and this time he’s got an axe! Community leaders tried to stop it. The P.T.A. fought to ban it. Now, one of the most controversial slasher films of all time is back in a new restoration from the original camera negative. 

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Holiday Horror: Silent Night, Deadly Night

Prepare yourselves for another yuletide Film Talk! Join local filmmaker Jeremy Cropf as he gives an in-depth look at one of the most notorious holiday slashers of all-time: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984).

Silent Night, Deadly Night is the demented story of little Billy Chapman, traumatized by his parents’ Christmas Eve murder and then brutalized by sadistic nuns in an orphanage. When Billy grows up and dresses as Santa, he goes on a yuletide rampage to punish the naughty with extreme prejudice. Robert Brian Wilson and Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons) star in this harrowing horror classic that continues to ruffle the feathers of angry parents and stuffy critics over thirty years later.

  • Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr.
  • Principal Cast: Charles Dierkop, Robert Brian Wilson, Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1984
  • Running Time: 82 min.
  • Producer: Ira Barmak
  • Screenplay: Michael Hickey
  • Cinematographers: Henning Schellerup
  • Editors: Michael Spence
  • Language: English