Movie Review: Silent Night (2012)

Synopsis: It's Christmas Eve. But, instead of celebrating the holiday, the small police department in a rural Wisconsin town must track down a serial killer who has dressed as Santa Claus and is hunting down sinners.

Who's in it? The movie stars Malcolm McDowell, Donal Logue, Jaime King, Rick Skene and Ellen Wong.

Review: I came across this film on one of our movie channels this past weekend and, because I love Christmas-themed horror movies, decided to record it so my wife and I could watch it during the week. We did that last night and, overall, I have to say I enjoyed this film.

Let me start out by saying this movie isn't going to be for everyone. The plot is a little too simple and there is a lot of blood and gore (along with some gratuitous nudity). But, if you like low-budget slasher movies, it's one that I would describe as just good enough to be enjoyable.

There are a couple things, in particular, I like about this film. One of the big ones is how creative the killer Santa Claus ends up being when it comes to his victims, using everything from a wood chipper to a flame thrower. Half the fun of the movie (in my opinion at least) is not knowing how his next victim is going to die.

Another thing I found I liked about this movie is the mystery surrounding the killer Santa. When it was all said and done, the killer was actually pretty obvious. But, the film did keep us guessing and, and my wife and I both ended up pointing fingers at specific characters in the film only to find out (when they were killed) we were wrong. That mystery did keep things a lot more interesting.

My only real complaint about the film is the ending seems a bit rushed. The movie reveals who the killer is but, because it happens in flashback form, it does take a moment or two to sink in and it would have been better had that been a little clearer. However, despite that, I don't think it is anything that really ruined my overall opinion of the film.

Final Opinion: Again, this isn't a movie that is going to be for everyone. However, it is a fun-to-watch slasher movie that did keep us interested from start to finish and I would recommend it as a result.

My Grade: B


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