Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Perhaps less fondly remembered than its “Garbage Day!” meme-inspiring sequel, which itself features whole chunks of footage lifted from the first movie, the first Silent Night, Deadly Night film is an odd mix of pop psychology, sleazy exploitation violence, and nasty black humor. Watching the film’s protagonist Billy (Robert Brian Wilson) slowly lose his mind and mutter “Punish!” while killing off teenagers has its charms, but long stretches of the film are just plain boring and the novelty of watching a man dressed like Santa commit crimes only lasts for so long. It makes you wish more horror movie directors would heed the words of Billy's grandpa at the beginning of the film: “You see Santa Claus tonight, you better run, boy. You better run for your life!”
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