Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 (1990) Review

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Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 (1990) Review

Horrorific content by Yo Adrian on December 14th, 2019 | Movie Review | Christmas, Holiday, Christmas - Slasher, Silent Night Deadly Night Series

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It's about a woman who gets caught up with a group of witches and finds herself on the wrong end of a sacrificial ceremony.

Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 was directed by Brian Yuzna (who also directed Amphibious 3D and Progeny) and stars Clint Howard (from 3 From Hell, House of the Dead), Neith Hunter (from Silent Night, Deadly Night 5) and Tommy Hinkley (from The Terror Within).

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Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 Review

Up to this point, the Silent Night Deadly Night series have been slashers featuring a psycho in a Santa suit. Silent Night Deadly Night was about a guy named Billy who went nuts after seeing his parents killed by Santa. Silent Night Deadly Night 2 was about Billy's brother Ricky who went nuts after seeing his brother go nuts. Silent Night Deadly Night 3 was about Ricky again, who continued going nuts after waking up from a coma. So, with that story being played out, how did this B-movie franchise approach part 4?

They took a page out of House's playbook and decided to just make a standalone movie that piggybacks on the franchise. House was about a guy who moves into a haunted house and has to fight ghosts. House 2 was about a different guy who moves into the same haunted house and has to fight ghosts. House 3 had nothing to do with haunted houses or ghosts. It was about a serial killer who got the chair and spent his afterlife traveling through electricity to get his revenge on the cop who took him down.

Silent Night Deadly Night 4 is a psychological thriller involving witchcraft that has nothing to do with psychos or Santa's. It barely has anything to do with Christmas other than a few decorations in the background.

Now, you'd think that a franchise bailing from its theme would be a bad thing. But here's the thing. I have a track record of loving when this happens.

House 3 was a great movie.

Halloween 3 was a great movie.

Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 was a great movie. Instead of continuing with the low budget campy style of the previous two they ventured into an entirely new direction. This one is serious, dark, surprisingly gory and actually has fleshed out characters and an interesting story. A few scenes in this one reminded me a lot of Videodrome and Society in how they approach body horror.

The movie isn't perfect of course, it's the 4th part in a low-budget franchise. Part of my surprise and interest is surely due to coming into it with rock bottom expectations. For example, it's one of those movies that wouldn't make it past 10 minutes weren't it for terrible decision making skills and characters with mind-blowing naivety. It wouldn't hold a candle to other independent horror movies about witchcraft like Pyewacket for example, but as the 4th sequel in a psycho Santa series, it's a masterpiece.

Worth Watching?

Honestly, I'd have to say no. There's better Christmas horror movies, better witchcraft movies and better body horror movies. I'm just happy that I didn't have to sit through another cheesy movie where Billy and Ricky work through their childhood issues.
 

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