The plot takes an inventive turn and creates a sympathetic killer. A child is told by his crazy grandfather that Santa is a punishing bastard and ruins the child's malleable mind by poisoning his happiness with venom. Later that night, his parents stop to help a stranded Santa only to be murdered/sexually assaulted. Having witnessed this and becoming an orphan, young Billy grows up under the stern nose of a sadistic nun. Upon reaching adulthood, he reaches within and snaps, causing his primordial aggression gene to swell up revealing the darkness within, thus executing many horny teenagers while growling "Naughty!".
Silent Night, Deadly Night is a certain type of slasher that got too much credit for its controversy. Having an abundant amount of breast shots, the average male will feel at home with this film, but the horribly predictable script allows this film to reek of an unknown waste. I called the "two ball, corner pocket" line long before the sex scene was over. Silent Night, Deadly Night was a project that didn't take too much from the thought process to create. Hell, I'm sure there are many better Yuletide terror films. For example, Bill Goldberg's Santa's Slay which was a low-budget horror film with a plot of fantasy and a single scene in which Fran Drescher's hair bursts aflame.
The high point of Silent Night, Deadly Night is the versatile kills. One woman, in an ode to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, is hung on a pair of antlers, leaving her hanging in a grotesque fashion over a mantle piece. Adult Billy shows incredible strength and prowess as he hangs potential rapists with Christmas lights. His pent up rage allows for his power to surge through his arms, allowing him to systematically murder without remorse and creating an intimidating atmosphere as he lifts a full grown man with a single arm. Billy is a serial killer one would prefer not to challenge.
While Silent Night, Deadly Night had the balls to tackle a controversial subject of a child icon turning into a murderer; the same could be said for the fictional Mr. Stay Puft man in Ghostbusters. Silent Night, Deadly Night isn't the best slasher film but deserves a fraction of the devoted cult following it has garnered, but the franchise speaks for the film itself. The idea is tired, played out, and wore to the bone. For the holidays, I cannot find a better horror film to recommend, but then again, I haven't dabbled much in the holiday horror genre. Silent Night, Deadly Night is an above-average horror outing, perfect for fans of cheese and gratuitous tit shots.