Wednesday night, December 8th, the 1984 cult classic slasher film “Silent Night, Deadly Night” will be screened at the Colony Theater in Raleigh at 8:00 PM.
It’s a presentation of the popular series “Cinema Overdrive” and tickets are only $5.00.
Undeniably the most controversial Christmas movie ever as it features an axe murderer dressed in a Santa Claus suit, the film will be accompanied by half of its 1987 sequel.
On the film’s Facebook event page “Cinema Overdrive” co-creator/currator Matt Pennachi explains:
“Why only half of the sequel you may ask? Simple. The sequel is an 85 minute movie, 45 minutes of which are nothing but recycled flashbacks from this film.
So rather than make you watch the same film twice in a row, we will present (almost) all of the original footage shot for the sequel instead (yes, this will include ‘Garbage Day!’).
So once ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’ concludes, stick around for some more cinematic brilliance from the sequel!”
On the Facebook page Pennachi links to the infamous Siskel and Ebert review of the film when it was first released. Both critics hated the film with a passion with Siskel calling it one of the most “contemptible” films he’s ever seen.
The film’s rabid following doesn’t seem to care – the fact that the PTA went to lengths to ban the film only enhances its lurid legend.
Because of an overload of wholesome Christmas season schmaltz, I believe there is a need for alternative entertainment in the rare form of holiday horror.
In every video store I’ve ever been to I’ve seen the box for “Silent Night, Deadly Night” in the special Christmas section sitting comfortably between “Santa Claus: The Movie” and “The Nutcracker”.
It’s the same reason that people have listed “Die Hard” or “Bad Santa” as their favorite Christmas movies – folks sometimes like to have irony served to them when dealing with the enormous sacred holiday.
With all the sacharine televison specials, annoying non-stop carols in shopping malls, and tacky decorations everywhere you look – I can possibly understand the wicked appeal of a serial killer Santa.
This Wednesday evening will be my first time seeing “Silent Night, Deadly Night” so I’ll have to see for myself if the film is sick like Ebert and Siskel said, or if it’s twisted fun like “Cinema Overdrive” is promoting.
I’m hoping it’ll be both – sick twisted fun.
Take note – “Silent Night, Deadly Night” is out of print on DVD and unavailable on Netflix so except for some old dusty VHS copies, this one night showing of a 35 millimeter print (plus the rare footage of the sequel) at the Colony Theater is the only place you can see it this season.
I don’t believe The Examiner would let me post a picture of the limited edition poster by James Rheem Davis (a bit too graphic I think they’d say) that they’ll be selling at the show, but you can view it at the official “Cinema Overdrive” website.
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