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Silent Night, Bloody Night

R Released Nov 17, 1972 1h 27m Horror List
Reviews 30% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings An ax killer stalks a lawyer and his girlfriend in a house that used to be an asylum. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 13, 2005 Full Review Michael Szymanski Zap2it.com Rated: 0/5 Jul 8, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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TheDark N I watched this on Saturday night as a student on Elvira after midnight Movie Macabre. I really paid attention and found the movie overall pretty impressive: an unknown axe murderer, an interesting romance, good music, the creepy haunted house. The best part was the B&W scene of the inmates escaping the asylum and torturing the rich/spoiled ruling staff. It was pretty good overall and reminds me of a more innocent time pre-internet where we could focus on movies and take our time. I still watch this regularly on YouTube when its cloudy or late night and I need entertainment. Good job! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/03/24 Full Review Audience Member Great lore, very interesting story, good gore, solid slasher ingredients. It would make a great novel. But this movie is shot too dark, is emotionally flat, and is paced very poorly. It feels longer than it is, unlike most slashers here, this is fairly rated. It's very boring, albeit interesting. It's not suspenseful slow or scary slow, it's just slow with no pay off. It was well written but not very well done. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review sean s This movie was shot on film, which has its limitations, back in the day (1972). I saw this on late night TV as a kid back then and was creeped out by it. All in all, considering this is a 50 year old movie, it is pretty great. I am surprised that it got such low ratings. Film is really hard to shoot, the editing process is limited, but it is amazing that this came out as well as it did. The movie must have been considered pretty gruesome for it's time. It did have a nice plot twist also at the end. The old brown sepia toned flash back scenes were great. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Dragged down by a poor transfer and one too many scenes shot in almost total darkness, Silent Night, Bloody Night's 1970 filming date and use of certain camera techniques and plot devices at least earns the dour picture its proto-slasher pedigree. Also distinctive for its strange dialogue delivered in an exceedingly deliberate, near lifeless style by its actors, Theodore Gershuny does manage to create a uniformly unsettling vibe and cobble together some oddly captivating scenes. However, even a new restoration may not be enough to overcome the flick's sloth-like pace, convoluted plot, and almost total lack of fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review steve d Really slow horror film with no scares. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member 1970's slasher flick is no better or worse than many, many others of its era. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis An ax killer stalks a lawyer and his girlfriend in a house that used to be an asylum.
Director
Ted Gershuny
Producer
Jeffrey Konvitz, Ami Artzi
Screenwriter
Theodore Gershuny, Jeffrey Konvitz, Ira Teller
Production Co
Armor Films Inc., Cannon Productions
Rating
R
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 17, 1972, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Dec 14, 2015
Runtime
1h 27m
Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.85:1)
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