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"If You See Santa Claus Tonight You Better Run, Boy... YOU BETTER RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!" SILENT NIGHT Is Coming!

Nordling here.

Steven C. Miller's THE AGGRESSION SCALE played at SXSW this year, to some acclaim (I missed it, unfortunately) but he's not resting on those laurels.  No, he's doing another film, for Anchor Bay, and it's the remake of SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, this time, simply called SILENT NIGHT, according to Variety.

Before you remake haters scoff, know that they've cast the part of the small town sheriff, who must handle the chaos that ensues after a killer Santa begins his spree through town, and that sheriff is none other than Malcolm McDowell, which already kicks this up into awesome territory.  I hope that this new film plays just as offensive to parents everywhere as the original series did, which gave us this wonderful scene (NSFW):

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • April 4, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST


    by dmstar

    Loved the original...

  • April 4, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST


    by alienindisguise

  • April 4, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    BINGO! Muhahahah

    by Choohoo

  • April 4, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    They cast McDowell as Loomis.......

    by Roffstafarian

    .........and look how that turned out. Casting McDowell in a remake does not a great film guarantee.

  • April 4, 2012, 8:03 p.m. CST

    That may have been the best thing I'ever seen. Ever.

    by TylerSnow815

  • April 4, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    What happens!?! Does he pull the trigger?!?

    by intheyear2525

    or twist the gun on them and mop them up?

  • April 4, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST


    by Cinemajerk

    No! Don't do it!" "It's not worth it!

  • April 4, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Somehow, that clip made the world seem like...

    by The Dum Guy

    A better place. Its like a 1980's proof of concept clip for Grand Theft Auto (not the Ron Howard one, of course). What happens next?! Anyone know?

  • April 4, 2012, 8:40 p.m. CST

    The best eyebrow acting ever...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...was committed by Linda Blair in the movie Savage Streets. She's talking to a grave and a different eyebrow arches with every syllable. If there was an Oscar for eyebrows she would have won it. The Night of the Demons remake was particularly bad. I went into it with such low expectations that it should have been impossible for it to fall so far beneath them.

  • April 4, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Worst NEWS ever...

    by Kirbymanly

    No remake can ever come CLOSE to how awesome the original "Silent Night, Deadly Night" is. More original ideas, please.

  • April 4, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Gulp, Uh oh! lmao

    by raging bullshitter

    fucking hilarious, these kind of movies are what me and my friends thought were the funniest. Fuck Happy Gilmore and all that main stream crap, you cannot get funnier than this type of campy comedy gold.

  • April 4, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Red Neck Zombies another terrible comedy masterpiece

    by raging bullshitter

    And most of the troma movies, on a whole nother level of funny.

  • April 4, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST


    by Neil

    I was just gettin' into it and then... cut! Did he kill himself?! Please, I must know.

  • April 4, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Malcolm McDowell?

    by yubnubrocks

    Right. Because he just naturally looks like a small-town sheriff.

  • April 4, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Well, at least they're re-making terrible movies now.

    by Orbots Commander

    This, I have no problem with. There were plenty of terrible 80s trashy movies, and they could all be remade for all I care. My prediction: Three Men and a Baby is next, though in 2012 they'd have to work hard not to make it sound like gay child porn.

  • April 4, 2012, 9 p.m. CST

    How refreshing...

    by Teddy Artery

    A day without a remake is a like a day without spina biffida.

  • April 4, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Malcolm McDowell?? He worked out so well for the Halloween remakes.....

    by The_Credible_Hulk

    I'm sure he's a can't miss for this pile of shit.

  • April 4, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    You know what's depressing, as a movie fan?

    by Orbots Commander

    This site has become, basically, Ain't It Remake/Reboot News. The same with all other movie news sites. It's not their fault, really; they're just reporting on the current, shitty, state of the movie business, circa 2012. It's basically wall to wall remakes and reboots. If you want an original, brand new story, your only recourse is to catch up on your reading and find some good books. You won't get it from modern Hollywood any time soon, it seems.

  • April 4, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Are there more bullets in that gun, Karl Urban? Are there?

    by imagin78

  • April 4, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    What the. . . McDowell . . . ?

    by Nice Marmot

    He's poor casting for this even if you HAVEN'T seen that shitty Halloween remake . . . Sheriff . . .

  • April 4, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Oh wait... is this the same Malcolm McDowell that's on Franklin & Bash???

    by The_Credible_Hulk

    I stand corrected....that certainly "kicks it up into awesome territory"..

  • April 4, 2012, 9:53 p.m. CST


    by Audio_of_Being

    Is that the origin of the "that's what she said" joke?

  • April 4, 2012, 9:53 p.m. CST

    GOOD! the original sucked balls.

    by Logan_1973

  • April 4, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST

    This is even funnier if you watch it...

    by Negator76

    ...While thinking 'This is what Rick Santorum thinks will happen to the U.S. if we normalize gay marriage.'

  • April 4, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Hey, I love McDowell...

    by SebastianHaff

    But the guy will do any POS as long as the check clears. Not knocking him at all, it's a fuckin' business, and he's more than payed his dues. But his presence guarantees nothing. <br><p> Also, the original is the bee's knees. It's Black Christmas's mentally unstable, incestuous cousin, the one who tortures small animals and sniffs his own farts. A fucking trash classic. The Killer Santa genre never, ever gets old (except maybe in the case of Santa Claws...), so I'd much rather see an 'original' (as original as a slasher can be) take on the sub-genre, rather than yet another remake. Other than the first ten minutes of Dawn of the Dead, and most of Halloween 2, none of the recent remakes have been worth a damn. Though I've actually heard decent things about that low budget Sisters remake. I don't know. Bye.

  • April 4, 2012, 10:10 p.m. CST


    by Bastardinabasket

    I can't wait for them to remake the second one.

  • April 4, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Lloyd Kaufman as Grandpa, clip included

    by Caesar

  • April 4, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    That clip was worth logging in for!

    by Adam13

    Genius. It was like every moment was a complete tonal non sequitur. Highly experimental, obviously. It would be cool if McDowell played the small-town sheriff with a thick English accent but using regional American slang. And nobody noticed. Say, why has no one remade Crawl Space? (or did I miss it?). I know it would be hard to top the reality-bolstered madness of Klaus, but that movie was messed up and would make a great vehicle for one of today's more unhinged horror directors. Maybe Dieter Laser in the Klaus role?

  • April 4, 2012, 11 p.m. CST


    by The Dum Guy

    I've never seen the movie, but I remember the cover and I'm pretty sure it is the same movie.

  • This happened at a Fangoria convention (where she was promoting Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers). She was a real sweetheart. Gory, sleazy fun is what a SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT remake demands. Hope it doesn't turn into an over color-corrected, nudity-free, CG blood shitfest. Ho-ho-ho.

  • April 4, 2012, 11:01 p.m. CST

    * Linnea

    by fustfick

    of course.

  • April 4, 2012, 11:07 p.m. CST

    I LOVE Elizabeth Kaitan!!!!

    by adeceasedfan

    She's the only reason to watch this terrible cashgrab. Part 2 has more flashbacks from Part 1 than actual new footage, including the deer scene I think. She's also worth checking out in Friday the 13th pt 7.

  • April 4, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    This is the future of the occupy movement

    by curt

    I bet this scene makes more sense out of context than it ever could in the movie.

  • April 4, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    This guy laughs

    by Vallius

    More than the green fucking ranger.

  • April 5, 2012, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Linnea Quigley gets impaled in Antlers again....

    by Caesar

    In "Caesar & Otto's Deadly Xmas", the best, and only Silent Night Deadly Night spoof in the world :D's_Deadly_Christmas

  • April 5, 2012, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Would rather see Roddy McDowell....and he's dead!

    by Punisherthunder

  • Firstly, innocence is already threatened and trashed enough as it is in the world. It's one thing for these films to have come out in the crazy days of yore, but to have decades of reflection and perspective on things and still go back to this well again just doesn't do any good for our collective souls. Secondly, they just can't do demented like they did in the 70s & 80s. Sure, there were some primitive & cheap effects & filming done back then. But there was also a rawness and unhinged-ness that simply can't be accessed anymore, with even today's schlockiest mainstream stuff being created with such high technical specs that the resulting gloss destroys the weirdness. This clip is a decent example. It's cheesy, wooden, and bad by most every standard. But you still have dozens of people here going "WHOAH!" over a clip from an also-ran forgotten nothing of a film, because it has that 70s-80s x-factor, that craziness that can only be had by everything not being perfect and precise and looked at too closely by corporate studio accountants and execs. There's a feeling of what amounts to genuine danger in these old films, as campy as they are, that isn't present in today's suffocatingly self-serious grim and gritty fare.

  • April 5, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    This is Shit-Tastic!

    by Keblar

    How have I missed something this awful and surreal? Nothing this terrible could be purposely ironic, which gives it the Plan 9 seal of Approval; It's not just pedestrian-ly bad, it's passionately bad!

  • April 5, 2012, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Antler Impale-age

    by Chocolate_Giddyup

    That scene happens in the first SN,DN but is revisited in flashbacks in the sequel (as the sequel is composed mostly of recycled material, a la Toxic Avenger II).

  • April 5, 2012, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Man, Joe Piscopo is having a really bad day...

    by Monroville

    That clip makes me want to see SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 2 now. I like how the blonde says "Uh Oh!" right when the hero/villain says "Punish!"... I guess she saw the first movie. Then again, if she saw the first movie, why is she going out with him?

  • April 5, 2012, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Eric Freeman's eyebrows have more acting ability...

    by LargoJr

    then Sam Worthington's whole body... FACT

  • April 5, 2012, 2:10 a.m. CST

    It wasn't his fault. It was that bitchy mother superior. (angry face)

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • April 5, 2012, 5:18 a.m. CST

    None other than Malcolm McDowell?

    by buggerbugger

    The man is a fucking hack these days. An absolute fucking joke of an actor. His name attached to a movie is a guarantee of pure fucking awfulness.

  • April 5, 2012, 5:20 a.m. CST

    In fact, McDowell should...

    by buggerbugger the role of Crazy Grandpa in this remake, his acting is on par with the original guy.

  • April 5, 2012, 5:40 a.m. CST

    It was shit then...

    by Master Bruce

    It'll be even shittier now. Btw, don't we see enough of this on CNN these days?

  • April 5, 2012, 5:51 a.m. CST

    They should remake "Chopping Mall"...

    by Bruno

    During the home video boom of the 80's, so many bad movies (with good ideas) were released. Instead of going after big movies, Platinum Dunes should have done big budget (compared to the originals) remakes of lesser known films. Chopping Mall, The Prowler, Happy Birthday To Me, Graduation Day, these movies could have been remade and there is nothing to lose since the originals weren't classics. They could even have done remakes to films like The Substitute and Class of 1999. If I had the money, I would be mining the titles that appeared on "Action Pay Per View" back in the day. A lot of those movies had good ideas but were killed by shitty acting and low budgets.

  • April 5, 2012, 7:11 a.m. CST


    by KilliK

  • April 5, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Punish! By the way, why a clip of second movie?

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    You should have used a clip from the first.

  • April 5, 2012, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Heck yeah! GARBAGE DAY indeed.

    by Gore_monkey

  • April 5, 2012, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Malcolm (I killed Captain Kirk) McDowell?

    by cookylamoo

    No thanks!

  • April 5, 2012, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Wow, lots of insane people at IMDB, trying to find this actor.

    by MisterManReturns

    They make this crowd look hip.

  • Didn't care much for the first HALLOWEEN remake, but I loved what Zombie did with the second one. Totally unique take on that series, and I like how McDowell played Loomis as a money-grubbing opportunist, which is probably how it would play out if it happened for real. Anyway, that doesn't change the fact that this is a lame movie to remake. I love the original SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT, but for all the wrong reasons. It's a nasty yet hilarious piece of 80s horror exploitation, and it belongs in that decade. As far as Christmas slasher movies go, however, Bob Clark's BLACK CHRISTMAS is a far better made movie and really stands up after almost 40 years. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't most of SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT PART 2 done in flashbacks? What a piece of shit.

  • April 5, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    A Wave of 80's Nostalgia

    by Patrick Pettay

    Especially seeing that red Chevy Chevette. Jesus, I had a tan one just like it for my first car. What a POS.

  • Nope, not in any version. He wasn't Doctor Loomis, he was Doctor Arsehole. Might as well 'reimagine' Van Helsing as a nonce.

  • Cops pray from breaks like that!

  • April 5, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    No kids because even psychos have principles.

    by moonlightdrive

  • ...ultimate triple feature of horror sequels heavily comprised of footage from the their predecessors. But only one features a flashback from a dog.

  • April 5, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Very fond memories of Chopping Mall

    by happybunni

    Mainly because of the boobs

  • April 5, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST him

    by Patrick

  • April 9, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST


    by la_sith

    Then you don't agree with the way he was written. Sorry, but it was, in fact, a re-imagining, and there's no point in writing the exact same character as Loomis was in the original. And for what the role called for, I thought McDowell fit the bill just fine.