In almost less than a week’s time, we shall all be gathering around for the holidays. Children expecting Santa Clauseto slide down the chimney to bring them their yearly gifts for them being good instead of naughty. This week, I reminisced about the old holiday classic horror film-SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT(1972).
Cue that old-time organ music will ya, Frankie? Ok? I guess not…..Not to worry, the beginning of the movie will take care of it. We begin our story with a short history about a house where our main story plot takes place. According to legend (or woman in the beginning’s tale), Wilfred Butler, the house’s original owner was found burned alive outside his home the day before Christmas in the mid-50s. Soon afterward, the home was turned into an asylum for the criminally insane against Wilfred Butler’s last testimony in his will stating the home should be left alone.
You know when someone says a house, a grave, a school, or anything that could or should be abandoned-stay abandoned? Of course no one is going to leave it alone! We watch an axe murderer make his way out of a nearby asylum, butchering anyone and everyone in sight without seeing his face as he drives away in one of his victims’ vehicles. Then we are left wondering who this guy is…….here we go
Jeffrey Butler decides he wants to sell the establishment for $50,000 in cash to the townspeople through his lawyer John Carter. John lays out the plan and sets the deadline for the money to be paid for the house by noon the next day. Not listening to the townspeople’s warnings about the house, John decides him and his “assistant/mistress” Ingrid to stay at the house instead of the Paradise hotel.
Obviously, knowing two people are going to stay in a house that has been told not to be stayed in are, guess what? Axed to death and right before we found out what John Carter was going to give Ingrid her “present” *cue in cheesy maniacal laughter*.
I will warn you, this movie is filled with acting you have wonder the why this film wasn’t a soap opera instead of a film. I even looked for William Shatner at times to pop up and ask why things were progressing the way they were. I mean, even the acting coming from, wait a second, is that Principal Togar from ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGHSCHOOL? No wonder why the kids sent for The Ramones. Even when she was “young” her acting was…..let’s give it a C- for grading purposes.
We soon witnessed quite creative bloody scenes, an interesting twisty plot line sprinkled with questions like: “How in the world did you know the caller on the phone was a woman when the individual did not call you!” moments from both her and Jeffery Butler who in the beginning gives off the “creepy axe murderer” vibes, and an ending that is snappy and so fast you have to practically glue your eye lids open to not miss it.
I give this film 6 1/2 HYPNOTIC EYES out of 10 because you don’t really hear about this movie around Holiday time and it has a great storyline, just “Misunderstood” characters and acting.
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