“I think you’re gonna like this next part. It sounded like some squirrel getting his nuts squeezed.”
Yes, folks, here we are with the final entry in my Silent Night franchise review.
I felt it was necessary to end it with part 2, since the original and it’s reboot are more “well known”. Not saying part 2 isn’t a fan favourite, but I just feel it is the perfect cherry on top when rounding out the franchise.
So, here we are; Silent Night, Deadly Night 2, a film that was supposed to be a re-cut/re-edit/re-hash of the first film, just to squeeze a few more bucks out of it and to piss off everyone that picketed the original’s release.
Thankfully director/editor Lee Harry balked at this idea and decided to use the footage from the first as a wraparound of sorts to our new story.
This zany sequel finds Ricky, the younger brother of Billy, the Santa Claus Killer, now locked up in an institute and being evaluated by a psychiatrist. Ricky, played by Eric Freeman, is a guy who relishes in his role with over the top aplomb. If you took a drink for every time he raises his eyebrows you’d be dead 30 minutes into the film.
After lengthy flashbacks to the original, Ricky kills the psychiatrist and breaks out of the asylum, puts on a Santa Claus costume and goes after Mother Superior… who for whatever reason has FX makeup on her that makes her look like a leper?
The best part of the movie is the stuff between Ricky and his girlfriend (played by the ridiculously gorgeous Elizabeth Cayton) which leads to Ricky killing her ex boyfriend via vehicle jumping cables, choking her with a car antennae and then strutting around a suburb, killing random people and spewing Bugs Bunny one-liners. I honestly can’t put into words just how bat-shit these moments are… they are literally worth the price of admission.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 is the high point of the franchise when it comes to being fucking hilarious and FUN. Seriously, if you don’t have fun watching this movie then something is wrong. Freeman’s Ricky is so bad that it’s so damn good.
Sadly, if not for Freeman this film would be a complete and utter DUD… thankfully, he is in this film and he takes it to all new levels.
It doesn’t feel as Christmasy as the first one, but it’s a go-to for the holiday season. Just remember… GARBAGE DAY is coming.
GORE meter: : ★★★☆☆
T&A meter: ★☆
– Matt Cloude