Taking place in a small town on Christmas eve, Silent Night is the story of a murderous serial killer who is terrorizing the community. The killer dresses himself as Santa before every kill, making it extremely hard for authorities to locate the killer with the streets full of Santas for the annual Christmas parade. Steven C. Miller's Silent Night isn't really a remake of the cult classic Silent NIght, Deadly Night, but more so a tribute or re-imagining of a concept. The main protagonist in Silent Night is Aubrey, a deputy in the police department who is tasked, along with the sheriff, to track down the killer. Silent Night is pretty much exactly what you would expect, in that it's a relatively playful, violent horror film that for the most part doesn't take itself too seriously. There are plenty of death sequences throughout Silent Night with a good variety of deaths. These sequences are usually fun and innovative in coming up with unique ways for the various characters to meet their demise. Malcolm McDowell really steals the show as the sheriff, an extremely confident man who is oblivious to how inept he truly is. He is a complete ass and it's a ton of fun to watch Malcolm McDowell ham it up. The biggest problem with Silent Night is how it becomes far too interested in Aubrey's redemption story. I've never understood why films like this think the audience cares about this type of cliche sentiment and in Silent Night's case it really slows down the pacing and takes away from the bloody fun. Silent Night is nothing particularly new or inventive but it brings the gore and is just playful enough to be worth your time if you like this sorta thing.
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