Director Steven C. Miller was three years old when a holiday-themed slasher flick was released entitled, Silent Night Deadly Night. A few weeks back we learned that Miller had remade the flick, under the title Silent Night, and instead of going with an unknown cast, he decided to get some known talent. Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), Jaime King (White Chicks), Lisa Marie (Sleepy Hollow), Brendan Fehr (Roswell), Donal Logue (Shark Night 3D), Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Jessica Cameron should give this film some serious horror street-cred.
Plot: The police force of a remote Midwestern town, led by McDowell’s Sheriff Cooper and King’s Deputy Sheriff Aubrey Bradmore, search for a killer Santa Claus who is picking off its citizens on Christmas Eve.
Recently Miller discussed his mostly-under-the-radar reboot with the folks at Dread Central:
“We shot it in seventeen days. We didn’t get to shoot full twelve-hour days for most of it; they were nine-hour days,” said Miller of the production. “…it was a heavy shoot given the time frame and the amount of practical effects that we did.” Of the last night of shooting; “It was great! We had a lot of blood and a lot of fun and an axe through a face.”
Miller stated of actor McDowell, “…his lines in the script were so ridiculous that I always thought that whoever was to play the character was going to have such a hard time, but every time Malcolm would say them they sounded badass!”
The original Silent Night featured unknown actors and due to its “anti-holiday” content, quickly drew the ire of parents who picketed theaters and amassed signed petitions demanding theaters to pull the plug on the controversial movie. I really really doubt the new producers are very worried about a repeat of that as they have scheduled a release just in time for Christmas (December 7th).
BTW, if you happen to find yourselves in the vicinity of Lexington, KY this September 28-30, you may want to drop by the Lexington Convention Center and check out the ScareFest Horror & Paranormal Convention. Besides the usual dog and pony show you’d expect to see, Silent Night’s Mr. McDowell is listed as a featured guest.