There are plenty of Christmas themed horror flicks out there: the proto slasher BLACK CHRISTMAS, the weird, Abel Ferrara influenced CHRISTMAS EVIL, and more recently KRAMPUS. However, the most infamous of them all is without a doubt SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT. Scream Factory has got an impressive new Blu-Ray of the slasher favorite hitting stores tomorrow and has given DAILY GRINDHOUSE a little gift in this exclusive clip looking back on the film’s controversial release.
“Tri-Star bought commercial time during Saturday afternoon football games,” the clip explains. Released on November 9th, 1984—the same day as A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET—the film was controversial from the get go. Siskel and Ebert shamed the film’s production crew on air and large groups of angry families congregated at malls and theaters around America to protest the film that now had their children scared to death of Santa Claus. Eventually pulled from theaters, the film garnered a re-release in May of 1985 with a more subtle advertising campaign. Thanks to the popularity of home video, the SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT became a cult-classic, and much like A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, is perfect viewing for both Halloween and X-Mas.
The new Scream Factory release comes loaded with a new 4k transfer of the film, interviews with the cast and crew (including GRINDHOUSE favorite, Linnea Quigley), a brand new documentary, and several audio commentary tracks. There is a limited edition which includes an 8” Billy Chapman ready to punish all the naughty girls and boys; a perfect decoration for under your tree.
Silent Night, Deadly Night [Collector’s Edition] [Blu-ray]can be purchased here, just in time for the holidays.