Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Silent Night Deadly Night (Anchor Bay Blu-ray) -It's Not Quite Coal in Your Stocking

Having done a retrospective series last year with the Dead Air Podcast crew about Silent Night Deadly Night, I had the pleasure of watching the entire series over again and then discussing it. At that time rumor was that Silent Night Deadly Night would be hitting Blu-ray at some point in the next year. That has now happened. As I sit here with the familiar Santa/Chimney cover art with new blue border I realize that I am holding something that is not quite as spectacular as a fan would hope. It isn't inherently flawed mind you, but it's one of those rare occasions where I sort of felt like I didn't NEED to own it on Blu to be satisfied. Since I own it already. I own it on both the DVD and the Arrow DVD.

If you have the DVD, you have a choice... buy this Blu-ray which is only somewhat better than the DVD (and perhaps your upconverting player could have done the job) or you buy it because your friggin' OCD like the rest of us. You have to have it on Blu-ray even if the same extra package is on the disc.

For those of you who didn't buy the DVD but have seen the movie... this is the one to buy if you have a Blu-ray player. It's become a tradition in my house to watch it late in the evening in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and I'd like to hope that it could become the same for you. The commentary track includes the Writer, Composer, 2nd Unit Director and Co-Producer. There's a poster gallery, and an interview with Director Chales E Sellier, Jr. There's also a brief history lesson into the outrage surrounding the movie's release called Santa's Stocking of Outrage. I still love the menu that plays the "Santa's Watching" theme over and over again. It's enough to make the casual fan happy, but I would have loved an update that might include a Linnea Quigley appearance or interview.

If you haven't seen the movie... this is an easy one. It's a grand Christmas horror Santasploitation masterpiece. It's perfectly B, hammy, campy, sexy and violent. There are moments of perfectly timed comedy juxtaposed with antlers going through Linnea Quigley (topless). The plot is basic, somewhat flawed and absolutely perfect.  Just buy it. Watch it. Share it.

To summarize this up, you need to own it in some form. Definitely give it a whirl, and if you have the DVD this doesn't have to be a top priority, but there's nothing fundamentally wrong with it.

Silent Night Deadly Night on Blu-ray is available now.

One of the most controversial slasher films of all time is back! Chock full of gratuitous nudity and grisly violence, then stuffed with jolly extras for the absolute ultimate in Season’s Bleedings! Silent Night, Deadly Night is the story of little Billy Chapman who was traumatized by his parents’ Christmas Eve rape and murder, then brutalized by sadistic orphanage nuns. But when a grown-up Billy is forced to dress as jolly St. Nick, he goes on a yuletide rampage to ‘punish the naughty.’ Santa Claus is coming to town…and this time he’s got an axe! Robert Brian Wilson and Linnea Quigley star in this jawdropping horror hit that a nation of angry mothers still cannot stop!

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