Silent Night, Deadly Night (aka Slay Ride) was filmed in Utah and garnered some publicity with one of the most notorious horror ad campaigns of the '80s: an image of Santa, carrying an axe, descending into a chimney. When first released the film was picketed by angry parents, and its already limited theatrical run was curtailed. In fact, film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were so appalled by the theme of the film that they read the credits on air, all the while saying, "shame, shame, shame." Silent Night, Deadly Night was released on video (in all it's uncut yuletide g(l)ory) and found a strong cult following.
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The story features two doofus military employees, who accidentally unleash nerve gas on a corpse -- who promptly reanimates -- and end up spreading the plague to a nearby cemetary. A group of punk rockers (including scream queens Jewel Shepard and Linnea Quigley) hanging out at the cemetary play dinner for the zombies that take to the streets.
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