The Silent Night, Deadly Night franchise is one of the lesser known for horror fans.
The original, released the dying embers of the slasher boom of the early 1980’s gained a cult following and got banned across cinemas due to depicting a ‘killer Santa’.
Three years later the series was back with Lee Harry’s Part 2 which follows the story of Ricky, the younger brother of Billy who takes on the bloodlust of the family.
The first thing to clear up is the sheer laziness of this film, which uses at least 50% of footage from the original to make up its ‘plot’ before Ricky goes on what can only be described as a hilariously bad rampage.
The line ‘Garbage Day’ has become a cult favourite of horror fans over the years, possibly the only redeemable quality of the film for the wrong reasons. Eric Freeman’s performance as Ricky has gone down in horror history, with most not knowing if it was all tongue in cheek or played seriously.
To say the film bombed would be an understatement, making just $150,000 at the box office when released in April 1987.
Not to be deterred Silent Night, Deadly Night produced three more loose sequels before a semi-reboot with the excellent Silent Night in 2012, starring Malcolm McDowell.
What do you think though, is Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 the worst Christmas horror ever?
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