Christmas Classic Movie Spotlight – WATCH: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
You’ve made it through Halloween, now try to survive Christmas
Released to in 1984 with the hopes of becoming the next “Halloween” Silent was quickly yanked from theaters after only two weeks (not even giving it a chance to play on Christmas) due to the protests of many angry parents. Protesters actually lined up outside theaters with signs that read “Santa Does Not Slay” and “Deck the Halls with Holly, Not Bodies“. Apparently the ad campaign for the movie, which depicted Santa heading down the chimney with a big shiny axe, was giving children nightmares and made them terrified of ol’ Saint Nick. So TriStar caved in to all the pressure from the PTA, the ads were pulled from TV and the movie was removed from theaters shortly after
A young boy watches his parents killed by a thief in a Santa suit. He spends his youth in an orphanage, staying quietly to his self, but his mind is further bent by an iron-handed sadistic Mother Superior. When he turns 18 he finally leaves the orphanage after years of abuse and gets a job at a local store, where he finally snaps when he is required to wear a Santa suit, and goes on a killing spree that leads him slowly back to the orphanage.
A Christmas time classic and a must watch!