Well folks, there you have it. The entire “Silent Night, Deadly Night” series review.
I hope you’ve thoroughly enjoyed this look back over the series of films, I know it’s not the greatest franchise in the Horror genre but there is some fun to be had with them.
This is a franchise that I feel had so much potential, it could’ve become the ultimate Christmas horror franchise, just like ‘Michael Myers’ is for Halloween, but alas it never happened. It’s a shame really but best not to dwell on woulda, shoulda, coulda, especially at this time of year.
In 1984 Robert Brian Wilson (who played ‘Billy’ in the first film) did an interview saying he felt so ashamed by the controversy, he told his friends and family to avoid seeing the film. However, Wilson reversed his stance, years later, after attending a 30th anniversary screening and meeting with fans. Wilson has since made appearances at horror conventions and given interviews on his work the film.
Also Eric Freeman (Who played ‘Ricky’ in Part 2) took some time to come around to his appearance in the film, when the studio was trying to find him for some commentary track on a new DVD release but couldn’t be found, he was only found after appearing at a screening of “Silent Night, Deadly Night 2” where he said that he had no idea that people were still interested in his roles and were looking for him until by chance someone he met mentioned to him that there were websites dedicated to finding him.
Then there’s Mickey Rooney from “Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker”, believe it or not he was one of the vocal detractors of the first film. He surprised a lot of people when he starred in Part 5, leading some to call him a hypocrite for appearing in that film. It has been theorized that the film was shot under the title “The Toy Maker” and the name “Silent Night, Deadly Night” was added later to create an in name only sequel, and that if Rooney knew that the film was a “Silent Night, Deadly Night” sequel, he wouldn’t have appeared in the film.
“Silent Night, Deadly Night” is sadly a weak franchise but at least there are a couple of films to enjoy, especially that first original film, that will always remain a favourite of mine. There was a weak remake released in 2012 but it didn’t do well, though there is news of another remake in the works.
5 thoughts on “Franchise Review: Silent Night, Deadly Night Overview”
It was filmed from March to April 1983, but wasn’t released until November 1984?
Principal photography took place from March to April 1983
But why did it take a year and a half to release this to the public?
Unfortunately, the Tristar logos for this movie is very hard to find, but only appeared on the R-rated cut.
It’s commonly found on the print and video ads, but not on the source material itself.
Shout Factory finally released the R-rated cut for the first time in more than 30 years, and still lacks the Tristar logos.
Are they forced to exclude Tristar references due to trademark infringement issues with Sony Pictures?
I think it’s more of a rights issue, Sony owns Tri-Star now