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Sleint Night, Deadly Night Part Two: Collector's Edition blu-ray

Because Santa Claus only comes once a year, why not go back to the well?  Silent Night, Deadly Night Part Two has to be one of the most fantastically awful sequels out there.  Sure, sure, sure, it’s a pile of shit, recapping the original movie for half of the film before spiraling out of control as Eric Freeman, playing the brother of the original killer, flips his lid and finds himself finishing what his brother left undone in a performance that amounts to a herculean effort of expressive nostril flaring and eyebrow arching.

"reveals itself to be a more of a black comedy than the original and, yes, that has to do with the portrayal of Ricky at the hands of Freeman"


Ho! Ho! Ho! Let the axe swing and the blood will flow.  NAUGHTY!  Ricky Caldwell has had enough of psychiatrists coming around the mental hospital to interview him.  Yeah, he dressed as Santa just as his brother did and, yeah, he killed some people, just like his brother, too.  But why?  That seems to be the big question.  And so, for the first part of the movie, we try to understand why Billy killed.  Could it be the abuse from Mother Superior at the orphanage?  Could it be what both brothers witnessed so long ago: the raping of their mother by a psycho dressed as Santa?

Whatever the reason, tis the season!  And, yes, Ricky is just as crazy as his brother and, when pushed just a bit too far by all the questioning, Ricky proves that he is just as dangerous in a red suit as his brother. 

Padded with re-filmed scenes from the original and lots of archival footage, Silent Night, Deadly Night just could not have cost all that much to make.  There is indeed a drop in the overall quality of the film and, as it is edited, written, and directed by Lee Harry, the film attempts to add significance to a character that was barely in the original film: Ricky.  But, thanks to the reshoots, we see him a prominent figure in all the madness.

It only makes sense then that Ricky would follow in his demented brother’s footsteps.  From the abuse to all the sex that other people are having, Ricky takes out his pent up frustrations by grabbing the blade that was left at his feet in the orphanage (new scene) and continuing with the NEW family tradition of killing all the NAUGHTY people on Santa’s list.

With an extra amount of attention brought to Ricky’s childhood both in and out of the orphanage (after he is adopted), Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 reveals itself to be a more of a black comedy than the original and, yes, that has to do with the portrayal of Ricky at the hands of Freeman, who succeeds in solidifying this B-grade picture as a horror/comedy, especially when the movie dares to dip its toes in the effects of tragedy.  Hilarious. 

Sleint Night, Deadly Night Part Two: Collector's Edition blu-ray

Freeman goes over the top all too soon and, honestly, that’s when the gloves come off of this insane slasher.  His performance – along with some of the other inane dialogue – proves to be too much and Freeman squeezes his face together and starts screaming, “NAUGHTY!” at anyone and everything that moves.  The results are pretty damn unforgettable as Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 proves itself to be an unforgettably so bad it’s kinda GREAT trashterpiece of yuletide . . . meatings.

Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is now available on blu-ray thanks to Scream Factory.

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Sleint Night, Deadly Night Part Two: Collector's Edition blu-ray

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
88 mins
Director
: Lee Harry
Writer:
Lee Harry and Joseph H. Earle
Cast:
Eric Freeman, James Newman, Elizabeth Kaitan
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
The nightmare is about to begin... again!
Memorable Movie Quote: "Oh, it's great. It's about this guy who dresses up like Santa Claus and kills people."
Theatrical Distributor:

Official Site:
Release Date:

DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
December 11, 2018
Synopsis: Ricky is being released from a mental hospital. He takes with him the terrifying memory of his brother Billy's death and the memory of Mother Superior who brought about his brother's demise. For Ricky, starting a new life means avenging his brother's death, which sets him on a blind journey of relentless revenge, leading ultimately to Mother Superior. And when he gets to her, not even her faith will be enough to stop Ricky as he follows in the family tradition of Christmas carnage.

Sleint Night, Deadly Night Part Two: Collector's Edition blu-ray

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Blu-ray Details:

Collector's Edition Blu-ray

Home Video Distributor: Shout Factory
Available on Blu-ray
- December 11, 2018
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Scream Factory’s new 4K scan of Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2’s original 35mm negative is damn impressive.  Colors are pumped up.  Shadows are more defined than ever.  Interior scenes have depth and warmth and the exterior shots feel alive and vibrant.  There are textures in the clothes of the cast and, overall, a bit more vibrancy to what has previously been issued on 1080p.  The sound is presented in a thunderous DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 that adds a bit more thump to some of the action scenes.  The aspect ratio of the release is 1.85:1.

Supplements:

Commentary:

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Special Features:

Scream Factory loads their handling of this Christmas classic with lots of supplemental material.  This release is one to own.  The breakdown is as follows:

  • NEW 2K Scan Of An Archival Theatrical Print
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Director Lee Harry, And Actors Eric Freeman And James Newman
  • NEW Slay Bells Ring Again: The Story Of Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 – Featuring Interviews With Co-Writer/Director Lee Harry, Actors Eric Freeman, James Newman, Elizabeth Kaitan, Darrel Guilbeau, And Kenny McCabe, And Makeup Effects Artist Christopher Biggs
  • NEW Garbage Days Are Here Again – A Look At The Film’s Locations
  • NEW Ricky Today – A short Film Featuring A 2018 Interview With Ricky Caldwell
  • NEW I Don’t Sleep – An Extended Interview With Makeup Effects Artist Christopher Biggs
  • Audio Commentary By Co-Writer/Director Lee Harry, Co-Writer Joseph H. Earle, And Actor James Newman
  • Theatrical Trailer

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