|Role: Aubrey Bradimore
Release Date: November 30, 2012 (US)
Production company: Buffalo Gal Pictures, Media House Capital
Director: Steven C. Miller
Screenwriters: Jayson Rothwell
Co-Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Donal Logue.
The police force of a remote Midwestern town search for a killer Santa Claus who is picking off citizens on Christmas Eve.
Distributed by Anchor Bay, the film was released in theaters for a limited run in select cities on November 30, and then on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, on December 4.
The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 64% fresh based on reviews from 11, with a rating average of 6.1/10. Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score based on reviews from mainstream critics, awarded the film an average score of 53/100 based on 4 reviews, indicating “Mixed or average reviews”.
The Los Angeles Times wrote that “The movie’s intended audience will likely be satisfied by its parade of gory mayhem, cheap thrills and groan-worthy dark humor. Everyone else: You’re on your own” while The Hollywood Reporter called the film a “cinematic lump of coal” and a “formulaic effort”. Variety felt that the film was “a singularly glum and dumb enterprise” and concluded “apart from some modestly inventive carnage and an undeniably humorous hambone turn by Malcolm McDowell, there’s really nothing here to make genre fans dash through the snow”.
Silent Night was met with mostly positive reception from several horror film sites, such as Slasher Studios (“It might not be everyone’s cup of egg nog but for what it’s worth it is definitely worth a look”) and Oh, The Horror! (“it’s one of the better recent remakes”). Bloody Disgusting gave a score of three and a half out of five, writing “While Silent Night does not add anything new to the subgenre, it delivers the ho ho horror with its spectacular kills and tongue-in-cheek humor. This is a fun film that is bound to spread some holiday cheer in the hearts’ of slasher fans” and Fearnet stated “this straightforward and scrappy little remake is somehow more entertaining than half of what passes for “wide release” horror movies these days. Toss in some fine cinematography, some cool musical touches, and just enough “in jokes” to keep the hardcore horror fans happy, Silent Night certainly isn’t great, but it is consistently fun, and that’s more than enough—especially for a horror remake.”
- Malcolm McDowell as Sheriff James Cooper
- Jaime King as Aubrey Bradimore
- Donal Logue as Santa Jim Epstein
- Ellen Wong as Brenda
- Lisa Marie as Mrs. Hilary Morwood
- Courtney-Jane White as Tiffany Revie
- Cortney Palm as Maria
- John B. Lowe as Mr. Bradimore
- Rick Skene as Ronald Jones Jr.
- Brendan Fehr as Deputy Kevin Jordan
- Andrew Cecon as Deputy Stanley Giles
- Aaron Hughes as Frank Forester
- Kelly Wolfman as Goldie Willis
- Laura Cartlidge as Morwood Girl