On November 9th, 1984, two horror cult classics opened up head to head, Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm Street and the controversial Silent Night Deadly Night. After a bunch of sequels, one would think Freddie Krueger would have been the more successful, however, Silent Night Deadly Night beat it at the box office. But with its plot of a crazed killer dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, outrage by religious and parent groups caused a backlash. Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert even called it one of the most despicable films in history.
Due to the uproar, the film was pulled from theaters, yet years later it has become one of the most beloved slasher films of all time. With genre favorite Linnea Quigley part of the cast, the film even has a second reason to remain a staple for horror fans. But interestingly, the movie is much more than your typical slasher. It actually has a very developed script only seen in drama films of the era such as Ordinary People or Body Heat.
With a back story of a boy who was traumatized from the violent murder of his parents and surviving abuse while living in an orphanage, Billy is seen slowly breaking apart psychologically until finally a group of events come together that lead to both tragic and heartbreaking occurrences. With Christmas just ending, what better way to discuss and give tribute to one of the greatest horror films of all time. Dark Discussions may even think it was better than that other film that was released the same day all those years ago.