Thursday, May 20, 2010

Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 (1987)

Reviewed By: JM

Where do I even effing begin?

I have written and rewritten this review about a half dozen times. There is just no explaining what I am watching here. There is no way to capture what this movie does to its audience. The only thing I am sure of is that it must be illegal, which explains why it is so freaking hard to find a print of the film.

Let’s begin with a simple question:  Have you seen the original Silent Night, Deadly Night? Well, if you did it was a complete waste of your time.

Let me explain.

After witnessing the violent death of his brother Billy (the Santa Claus costumed killer in the original movie), we find that Ricky has been institutionalized. As Ricky talks to his therapist about what happened to his family, the first half of the movie looks like this:
In short, every shot above that is NOT of a guy in a blue shirt is from Part One. This goes on for the fist 39 minutes of this movie. The movie is only about 90 minutes long!

Finally, Ricky starts his own killing spree. And let me tell you, it is spectacular.

Ricky’s first kill involves a bully and an umbrella. Nice.
Things do get pretty confusing though during the movie theater scene. I hope you are sitting down. Ricky goes on a date…to see the movie…


What in the hell is going on here?! Not only is the director using the first movie to continue to pad the time of this installment… this doesn’t even come close to making any sense! This is just lazy/crazy.

So, at this point, I have to declare this to be the greatest sequel ever made.

The killing spree continues, really climaxing with the infamous “garbage day” sequence that must be seen to be believed.

And there you have it. Every good scene from Part One is in this movie. So, in essence, this movie is really two movies in one. That is what we at Tower Farm call genius. For an even more confusing continuation in the storyline, see Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out. Not to give too much away, but Ricky is brought back from the dead and he stalks a blind woman…. And Ricky’s brain is exposed through some sort of mixing-bowl helmet. Oh, just read the review.



  1. "Garbage Day!" Haha Never gets old!
    Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 is one of my favorite sequels.

  2. Also a great review... And pretty much the only way one can describe the film. It is rather stunning in it's glaringly weird ballsiness. When I first saw the movie back when I was 10 or 12 I was just floored. Strangely the umbrella death stuck with me far more than the much ballyhooed Garbage Day sequence. I've been planning to include an homage to the umbrella death eventually....

  3. I love that this movie is so hard to find and that people pay so much money for it on e-bay...and it turns out that more than half of it is footage from part one! The whole movie theatre thing is brilliant -- very deconstructionist or something intellectual like that. Awesome work as always, bro...

  4. Magic. Pure magic in a single blogspot page. I can say nothing more than thanks.

  5. This is an annual must-see for me especially on Christmas Eve. The fact that this is a mess from every angle including script, acting, technical aspects and excessive flashbacks. I wish I could find an old print so that I can see the Garbage Day scene where Eric walks in front of the entire crew. Director and all. Someone had it on youtube a while ago but it was MIA when I went to look for it last Christmas for a post.

  6. It is impossible not to love this film to death, the hardest thing is deciding which is the coolest kill!

  7. awesome! loved your review,and cool page!


    Seriously, this review pretty much sums it up. Horrible flick but so darn entertaining.