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Silent Night, Deadly Night Details


Offended parents and others protested this slasher film when it was released in 1984 because it portrays Billy (Robert Brian Wilson) as a toy-store Santa Claus who goes on a rampage and axes people to death while still in his Santa garb. Four sequels prove the adage that there is no such thing as bad publicity. When Billy was just a boy he saw someone dressed as Santa murder his parents at Christmastime. Billy's stint in an orphanage did nothing to unwarp his mind (he is tied to his bed for "misbehavior"), and when he starts playing Santa in the store -- much against his wishes since he is deathly afraid of both Christmas and Santa Claus, he first only frightens the children who come to see him. Then his mind snaps, and he repeats the scene he saw as a child, on one person after another, in full gory color. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

  • Release date:November 9, 1984


Gilmer McCormick
as Sister Margaret
Toni Nero
as Pamela
Britt Leach
as Mr. Sims
Nancy Borgenicht
as Mrs. Randall
Will Hare
as Grandpa
Max Robinson
as Barnes
Linnea Quigley
as Demine
Tara Buckman
as Mother/Ellie
Eric Hart
as Levitt
Lilyan Chauvin
as Mother Superior
Jonathan Best
as Billy at 5
Leo Geter
as Tommy
Charles Dierkop
as Killer Santa
Oscar Rowland
as Dr. Conway


Scott Schneid
Ira R. Barmak
Paul Caimi
Screen Story
Henning Schellerup
Scott Schneid
Executive Producer
Linda Kiffe
Set Designer
Verkina Flower
Costume Designer