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Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

Studio and Year: Anchor Bay Films - 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 94 minutes
Genre: Horror

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Jamie King, Donal Logue
Directed by: Stephen C. Miller
Written by: Jayson Rothwell
Music by: Kevin Riepl
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: December 4th, 2012

"You Better Watch Out"

Film Synopsis:

Santa is back, and he’s got a brand new bag of tricks. As their small Midwestern town prepares for its annual Christmas Eve parade, Sheriff (Malcolm McDowell of Halloween) and his deputy (Jaime King of My Bloody Valentine 3-D and “Hart Of Dixie”) discover that a maniac in a Santa suit is murdering those he judges as “naughty.”

My Take:

Ho Ho Ho fellow AVSers. I had the good (mis)fortune of a warm cup-o-joe, and comfy seat and this bit of yuletide cheer this afternoon. As I prepare to rip Silent Night a new beard, keep in mind that this is no worse and no better than the recent in-fashion schlew of sorta-kinda-OK horror remakes that all have been passable, yet forgettable fodder, all ultimately falling short of the originals. For the sleuths out there that guessed that Silent Night is a remake, possibly a "re-imagining", or whatever they say, of 1984s (self proclaimed) "slasher classic", Silent Night, Deadly Night, you sir, deserver a star. The original put some self righteous types In bit of a tizzy in 84, getting the film banned, even getting a scolding from good ol' Siskel and Ebert. It spawned a few sequels, and found a bit of a cult following on the shelves of the mom and pop video stores of the 80s. Man, I miss those video store days, and reserving the new releases every Tuesday....I digress. I guarantee you this, Silent Night won't be gracing the STV market with any sequels.

The root of Silent Night's failure is in its inability to scare. If focused too much on the shock factor and gore, which was great and in heavy abundance here. The films characters and plot were paper thin, and its lead, the new "Scream Queen" of horror remakes, Jamie King (My Bloody Valentine 3D & Mothers Day 2012), though a fine actress, certainly is no Linnea Quigley, Barbara Crampton or Jamie Lee Curtis. To most this will be passable horror fare, but to some a welcome return to the "Slasher" sub-genre, thanks to a competent bit of direction from Stephen C. Miller (The Aggression Scale), who does the best he can with the boring and par for the course script. Wait a minute! This is a flick about a killer Santa, who kills those who he deems we need any more plot than that? wink.gif

Parental Guide:

Bloody violence, some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use. Ya, know, the good stuff.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 84

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Video: 84

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Silent Night comes to Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 19.4 mbps and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 2.4mbps

Silent Night is a bit naughty, but the video quality is definitely nice. Filmed digitally on the Red Epic camera, the cinematography captured the grittiness and cold of this depressed towns cold winter, and added in pop with splashes or red in blood and Santa's suit. Blacks were strong, but never the deepest I have seen, and finer details were abundant on close-ups but appeared softer in longer shots. Audio-wise, I felt things were a bit thin, though well placed in the sound-stage and clear. Bass hit the notes it needed, and I never really missed a beat dialog-wise, however, the most refined mix this is not.

Bonus Features:

  • (HD) Behind The Scenes

  • (HD) Deleted Scenes

Final Thoughts:

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment brings Silent Night to Blu-ray with above average A/V but a lack of special features to whet the appetite of those horror buffs out there. For the quality of the visuals, the good and gory kills, including an homage to the originals antler scene, genre fans will enjoy it. If you are looking for more than Santa with a grudge with no real meat to the story, then this is by all means a pass.


Lee Weber
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