Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)

Posted: February 12, 2014 in Movie Review
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Silent Night Deadly Night 2

Directed By: Lee Harry

Starring: Eric Freeman, James Newman, Elizabeth Kaitan, Jean Miller

Thoughts:What we have here, is a failure to come up with a feature length script.  This was fixed by having close to 45 minutes of flashbacks to start the movie, as told through Billy’s brother Ricky.  The story goes that the studio wanted to make a sequel with little to no additional footage, but the director insisted that they at least film some new scenes.

Even with the flashbacks you could tell that Eric Freeman, who played Ricky was a nut, and I mean that in the best possible way.  His character is bat shit insane and Freeman pulls no punches.  His delivery of one liners like “GARBAGE DAY!” and eyebrows that have a mind of their own really made the last half of the movie.  It’s a damn shame he never really did anything else.  He may have been able to parlay this role into a career in horror.  Other than Freeman, the acting bordered on forgettable and terrible.

Director Lee Harry was essentially a “one and done” as well (sensing a theme here).  He recently directed a couple of shorts, but other than that, hasn’t been heard from in Hollywood.  Much of this has to be due to the studio trying to make money off the name of the original without paying anyone.

Once you get past the flashback scenes, this is a pretty fun slasher in the so bad it is good vane.  It’s so over the top that you can’t help but laugh while watching it.  I just can’t get over the excessive flashbacks so while I think the first will be a regular viewing for me, I can’t foresee me watching this all that often.  Once is enough.  If I need a fresh dose of Garbage Day, I can head to YouTube.

 

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