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Silent Night, Deadly Night Review


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Hard as it is to believe, there have been several Christmas-themed slasher flicks. First (and best) was 1974's Black Christmas.* While it didn't feature a deranged Santa, it did set the high bar for the onslaught of Xmas slasher films littering theatres a decade later. Of course, the image of an axe-wielding Santa was simply too gleefully disturbed to ignore. Christmas Evil (1980), To All A Goodnight (1980), Don't Open 'Til Christmas (1984) and Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), took that final step into truly bad taste by actually making Santa the killer. Well, actually a killer dressed as Santa. We have yet to see the real Saint Nick chopping up co-eds (or co-elves).

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 Return Of The Living Dead Review


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Not another sequel to Night of the Living Dead, The Return of the Living Dead is actually a semi-parody (pioneering for its time) of George Romero's films, with the same plot points (marauding zombies, nasty blood effects) but with a sense of humor not really found in the originals.

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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