Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2: Collector’s Edition
review by Bobby Blakey
In 1984 Silent Night, Deadly Night was unleashed on the world and created all kinds of controversy. This now classic slasher film was critically destroyed by pretty much every major critic as well the various sensors yet still managed to make more money opening weekend than Nightmare on Elm Street that opened the same weekend and kicked off a new slasher franchise. Now Shout Factory is bringing the 1987 cult classic second entry Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2 to Blu-ray for the first time.
The original classic followed a young boy who is traumatized after his parents are murdered by a man dressed as a Santa. As he grows up in the system his fear turns to insanity as he takes up the mantle of Santa to punish the naughty. In this sequel Ricky is being released from a mental hospital. He takes with him the terrifying memory of his brother Billy’s death and the memory of Mother Superior who brought about his brother’s demise. For Ricky, starting a new life means avenging his brother’s death, which sets him on a blind journey of relentless revenge, leading ultimately to Mother Superior. And when he gets to her, not even her faith will be enough to stop Ricky as he follows in the family tradition of Christmas carnage.
This follow up consists primarily of footage from the first film for the first half, then new stuff during the second half. Where Silent Night focused on the Christmas theme throughout, this one is quite literally just following up to retell the first film and then just cap it off with a short story following Ricky as he goes on a rampage of vengeance. The present day aspect of the story does take place during the Christmas holiday, but with the exception of all the stuff from the first film and the very end. While this film is in no way as fun as the original, it does have some great moments, some of which have gained cult status including the famous “Garbage Day!” line. For these moments during his killing spree it makes this otherwise lazy example of filmmaking a fun piece to watch. It doesn’t sport the nudity or gore that the first one delivered, with the exception of the stock footage from the original, but still has some decent kills that entertain most due to actor Eric Freeman’s over the top performance.
This series has spawned numerous sequels and an awesome remake aptly titled Silent Night, but this bizarre sequel takes the cake. This release not only includes the crazy follow up cult hit film it also includes bonus content including new interviews, commentaries and so much more. Grab your axe prepare for Garbage Day! with Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2 Collector’s Edition available now from Shout Factory.
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