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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

Little Billy witness his parents getting killed by Santa after being warned by his senile grandpa that Santa punishes those who are naughty. Now Billy is 18, and out of the orphanage, and he has just become Santa, himself.

Writers:

Paul Caimi (based on a story by), Michael Hickey

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilyan Chauvin ... Mother Superior
Gilmer McCormick Gilmer McCormick ... Sister Margaret
Toni Nero ... Pamela
Robert Brian Wilson ... Billy at 18
Britt Leach ... Mr. Sims
Nancy Borgenicht Nancy Borgenicht ... Mrs. Randall
H.E.D. Redford H.E.D. Redford ... Captain Richards
Danny Wagner Danny Wagner ... Billy at 8
Linnea Quigley ... Denise
Leo Geter ... Tommy
Randy Stumpf ... Andy
Will Hare ... Grandpa
Tara Buckman ... Mother (Ellie)
Geoff Hansen Geoff Hansen ... Father (Jim) (as Jeff Hansen)
Charles Dierkop ... Killer Santa
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Storyline

After seeing his parents murdered in front of him a young boy spends most of his life in an orphanage where he is abused by the mother superior. When he becomes a teenager, he gets a job as a department store Santa. When seeing two people having sex in the store brings on flashbacks of his parents, his turmoil leads him to become a Santa serial killer. Written by devint-16816

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Taglines:

You've made it through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slayride See more »

Filming Locations:

Heber City, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,065,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,432,800, 11 November 1984

Gross USA:

$2,491,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,491,460
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut) | (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Due to the use of the killer Santa theme in earlier films, the producers were not expecting this aspect of the film to be controversial. They were however expecting for the film's portrayal of the Catholic Church to be controversial. Perhaps wanting to play up this angle, the film opened first in the heavily Catholic Midwest and Northeast, rather than the more Protestant West or South. See more »

Goofs

When the children are seen singing "O Come, All Ye Faithful", their mouths are off-sync with the vocals. See more »

Quotes

Mother Superior: They thought they could do it without being caught. But when we do something naughty, we are always caught. Then, we are punished. Punishment is absolute, punishment is good.
Billy Chapman: Yes, Mother Superior.
Mother Superior: You left your room, William.
Billy Chapman: Yes, Mother Superior.
Mother Superior: Very, very naughty!
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Alternate Versions

A later version released on video contains an extra 3 minutes featuring more gore than the theatrical version. See more »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas Fever
Written by Ira Barmak (as Ira Barmak)
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User Reviews

good horror movie!
5 August 1999 | by jaws!See all my reviews

boy this movie scared the crap out of me when i was a kid.

i first saw it back in 1986 or 1987. it doesn't scare me much now,but it's still a fun,and gory thrill ride! this is the best killer santa movie ever! i give silent night deadly night *** out of ****


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