Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! And all that jazz! Because it’s still 2020, I’m doing a worst Christmas movies ever list. It’s mostly sucked. There’s been a few that I’ve enjoyed ironically, but, for the most part, they’ve been bad in the worst, mostly non-entertaining ways. Well, not today! Nope. This one is bad in ways that make me extremely happy. Let’s get into it.
Yesterday, I watched Silent Night, Deadly Night. And, honestly, I kinda liked it. If you went in knowing that you were going to watch a B-list slasher film, it met those expectations. The premise was fun. The lead was compelling. And, the kills were pretty good. Well, Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is kind of like the Evil Dead 2 of this franchise. It’s a half-remake, half-sequel that serves laughs up better than it does scares. The only difference being that I’m not completely sure it was intentional here.
As I said yesterday, technically, I shouldn’t have watched the first Silent Night, Deadly Night. It didn’t quite make the cut. But, I felt weird just diving into the original so I cheated the system a bit. As it turns out, that was completely unnecessary. Because that movie exists within this one. According to Wikipedia, the producers of this movie originally asked the director to just recut the original movie in a way that could sell as a sequel. He refused, wanting to make a new, original story. They agreed as long as the budget didn’t increase. Of course, that was nearly impossible. Movies aren’t cheap. So, the final result is this weird hybrid of the producer’s vision and the director’s, as we open with a retelling of the first movie. I don’t mean in quick flashbacks either. We go over the entire story of Silent Night, Deadly Night. Beat for beat. For roughly 40 minutes. In this 90 minute movie. It’s so bad that I almost forgot that I was watching a new movie a couple of times. It just felt like I was rewatching something I’d just seen. That’ll teach me a lesson, going back and watching a movie before its sequel.
Then, we’re finally into new movie territory for the next hour. And, to be honest, I wasn’t sure I was going to like this sequel. It follows the exploits of the little brother from the original movie as he follows in his brother’s murderous footsteps. Unfortunately, his backstory isn’t quite as interesting and he’s just not as likeable. Plus, his first couple kills are just sorta meh. But boy does it get better. In one of the most insane sequences I’ve ever seen, our killer goes on a complete rampage after meeting up with his girlfriend’s ex. He just kind of walks down the street killing people at random, dropping one liners that don’t make any sense. And, if that weren’t enough, the lead is making some of the weirdest, campiest acting choices I’ve ever seen. Like, picture Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura, the serial killer, and you’re almost there. (If you want an example and don’t mind spoilers, look up garbage day on youtube. It’s worth it.) I’d give this guy all the props in the world if I knew he was doing it on purpose. But, that’s just the thing. I can’t tell if any of this is purposely funny. Were they going for camp? Or did they accidentally just stumble on a goldmine of it? Is this guy Bruce Campbell or Tommy Wiseau? You’d think it’d be easy for me to tell. But, I have no idea. Either way. It’s beautiful.
Then, without going into spoiler territory, he kind of wraps up the two movie arc in a, again, beautiful, campy, ridiculous way. I’m glad they did because, even though I was enjoying myself, it didn’t quite feel like a sequel up to that point. But, now it at least kind of feels like one long story. Like the sequel wasn’t a total cash grab. Even though the studio DEFINITELY wanted it to be.
And, that’s Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2. Would I give it the same accolades I did the original? No. Not at all. I legitimately think the first one is a decent movie. This one is far, far from that. Did I love it just the same? Absolutely. I’d put this right up there with Troll 2 and The Room as one of my favorite bad movies ever made. I’d definitely recommend this for a “so bad, it’s good” night. Actually, I’d do a double feature between this and the first. But, you know, skip over the first 40 minutes of the second one. Or, I guess you could just watch the second. I do however think there’s a couple of smaller fun moments that didn’t quite make the shortened version though. You’d get the gist either way, but I’d definitely recommend making it a double feature. Heck, combined it’d only be two and a half hours. That’s only a little longer than It’s a Wonderful Life. Just sayin’. Also, I’m definitely going to carry on watching this franchise. I probably won’t write them up, because we’ve still got a lot of rotten crap to cover. But, I’m definitely intrigued to see where the franchise went from here. Especially since I enjoyed these two movies so much.
Anyways, I’d definitely recommend these movies. They’re a lot of fun, if you’re into campy, B-list horror flicks. If those aren’t your thing, stay far away.