You better watch out! You better not cry! Because Santa Claus comes tonight!
Back in 1984, a Christmas themed horror film was released in theatres. The ad campaign was so shocking that it had so many parents groups across North America screaming for the film to be pulled from theatres. Siskel & Ebert gave their infamous review where they called out the people involved calling each member shameful.
This infamy just fueled the cult phenomenon that was “Silent Night, Deadly Night”. The movie spawned four sequels and made a ton of money in the home video market.
Just like Jason, Michael, Freddy before him, Killer Santa was bound to get a remake. Heck if “Prom Night” can get a remake why not Ole Saint Nick.
In the original, a young boy is traumatized when his parents are killed by a thief dressed as Santa. He goes through life dreading Christmas. One night when he is working at a retail store he is asked to put on a Santa suit, he snaps and goes on a killing spree.
The remake is focused on a depressed deputy (Jaime King) who gets the case of a lifetime as a serial killer, linked to an urban legend comes to her sleepy little town.
This flick feels like it was made in the 1980’s. The slasher killings are straight out of that genre. The cast of mainly nobodies. I just wish the town it takes place in was snow covered but its not and looks like some town in California. This is a very nostalgia movie and must have been created by people who loved the genre.
It never really gels when one man going on a killing spree should be an easy story to tell. What so interesting about the original and all the 80s slasher villains were their backstories and how they came to be. But here there is too much focus on developing the squabbling cops in the flick as they hunt down the wrong Santas.
3 out of 5
So Says the Soothsayer