Remaking classic Ď80s schlock is about as clichťd as one can get these daysóit happens so often that itís hard to bat an eye at them anymore. Thereís the good (MY BLOODY VALENTINE), the bad (BLACK CHRISTMAS), andÖ well, the real f*ckiní ugly (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), and everything in between. I used to be enraged at every remake announcement, as if each one was a personal attack on my childhood or my love for the genre. But now, after been jaded for so many years with such outrage, Iím pretty f*cking numb to the idea, and every once in awhile, a project comes along that sounds f*cking awesomeóand SILENT NIGHT is one of them!
SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT is one harsh, brutal, nasty, fun, and overall entertaining slasher flick that also doubles as one of the better Christmas-themed horror flicks out there. I love me some SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT! But thatís not to say that itís not a flawed filmóitís flawed seven ways to Sunday, which also adds to the fun of the whole thing. So the idea of a remake of the flick which has a deranged killer dressed up as Santa Claus knocking off people left and right has meÖ stoked! We need more Christmas horror flicks, and what better way than to modernize such an awesomely ingenious idea (a killer Santa? You canít make this shite up! Or can youÖ?).
But itís not just the idea thatís shaping up to be awesome, itís the film itself. For starters, itís not Platinum Dunes at the wheel. Always a plus when PD arenít involved! Then thereís the cast so far. Malcolm MacDowell is on board, who showed us he can rock the genre with his presence in Rob Zombieís HALLOWEEN movies. Throw him in some horror and Iím there! Then thereís the main leadÖ Jaime KingÖ what hotter and more talented actress can the horror genre call her own than King? She starred in the before mentioned MY BLOODY VALENTINE, she rocked her small role in SIN CITY, and her performance in MOTHERíS DAY was gangbusters! One could say sheís the good luck charm when it comes to quality remakes, and with MBV and MOTHERíS DAY under her belt, Iíd say thatís a mighty fine assessment.
The supporting cast are all friends of the genre as well: Donal Logue (Shark Night 3D), Jamie Kennedy (Scream), Brendan Fehr (Final Destination), Lisa Marie (Sleepy Hollow), and Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs the World) are just whoíve been announced thus far, and Iím sure more are coming down the pipe. Anchor Bay Entertainment is all set to distribute (again, always a plus to have them involved), leaving the only real wild card to the whole thing with the director: Steven C. Miller. Miller? Who the f*cking is Miller? Exactly. Who the f*ck is Miller? He hasnít done anything mainstream, he has a few small indie flicks under his belt, but no more than student films. While Iím hesitant on this guy due to his lacking track record, Iím also stoked cause maybe this Miller chap is the next big thingóand all big things have to start somewhere, right? Right??? Right.
Maybe itís the booze talkiní, but SILENT NIGHT is shaping up to be all kinds of awesome. Besides the epic concept and the fact that itís gearing up for a Holiday 2012 release, it rocks a bodacious cast with McDowell and King as the leads, and the potential to blow the classically entertaining SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT original out of the water is there. The ducks are all aligned for this to be a winner, I just hope they can pull off another LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and not another FRIDAY THE 13TH. PlusÖ we need more than BLACK CHRISTMAS in our annual selection of classic holiday horror films! My only qualm: why drop the DEADLY NIGHT? Itís not too late to slap it back in the title, yo!