Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2
|Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2|
Poster for the film
|Directed by||Lee Harry|
|Produced by||Lawrence Appelbaum|
|Screenplay by||Lee Harry
Joseph H. Earle
|Story by||Lee Harry
Joseph H. Earle
James L. Newman
|Music by||Michael Armstrong|
|Edited by||Lee Harry|
Silent Night Releasing Corporation
|Distributed by||Manson International
MCEG Productions, Inc.
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is a 1987 slasher film written and directed by Lee Harry, and co-written by Joseph H. Earle. It is the sequel to 1984's Silent Night, Deadly Night, and was followed by Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! in 1989.
The sequel picks up on Christmas Eve some years after the first one, with Ricky Caldwell, the 18-year-old brother of the first film's killer, is now being held in a mental hospital, awaiting trial for a series of murders that he committed. While being interviewed by the psychiatrist Dr. Henry Bloom, Ricky tells the story of the murders his brother Billy committed throughout a series of several flashbacks used footage from the original film, as well as some new shots inserted in the flashbacks to make Ricky appear in more of Billy's original story.
After this is done, Ricky tells his own story: after Billy's death, he was adopted and given a good upbringing, but his trauma was never treated. After his foster father's death, Ricky seems to lose composure and commits a series of random murders, targeting people who are "naughty". Since while having a chance for a happy and normal life seems to materialize when he starts dating Jennifer Statson. However, an unpleasant encounter with Jennifer's ex-boyfriend Chip sends Ricky over the edge. He kills Chip by electrocuting him with some of the jumper cables that are still attached to a red car that was still right in front of Jennifer. He then uses the antenna of the car to strangle Jennifer to death. A police officer sees this and as Ricky is about to get arrested, he grabs the officer's gun, shoots the officer in the forehead, and then goes on a shooting spree throughout a suburban neighbourhood. He finally has a stand-off and fails at committing suicide, before being captured by the police.
Cutting back to the present day, Ricky kills Dr. Bloom and escapes from the mental hospital, murdering a Salvation Army Santa before he ends up stealing the man's costume. Ricky's plan is to kill the now disfigured, wheelchair-using Mother Superior, whom he blames for Billy's death. After a chase throughout her house, he succeeds in decapitating Mother Superior. The cops arrive and gun Ricky down. Sister Mary wakes up, and the police officer tells her, "He's gone, Sister. It's over." Then, she turns over and sees Mother Superior's severed head, before screaming in terror. Ricky, who had been shot down by the cops, suddenly ends up opening his eyes and smiling evilly, indicating that he had survived his gunshot wounds. The final shot shows Billy's arm dressed in a Santa suit plummeting a knife towards the screen, before it freezes and the credits roll.
- Eric Freeman as Richard "Ricky" Caldwell
- Darrel Guilbeau as Ricky at 15
- Brian Michael Henley as Ricky at 10
- James L. Newman as Doctor Henry Bloom
- Elizabeth Kaitan as Jennifer Statson
- Lilyan Chauvin (archive footage) / Jean Miller as Mother Superior
- Corrine Gelfan as Martha Rosenberg
- Michael Combatti as Morty Rosenberg
- Ken Weichert as Chip
- Ron Moriarty as Detective
- Frank Novak as Rocco the Loan Shark
- Randall Boffman as Eddie
- Joanne White as Paula
- Lenny Rose as Loser
- Nadya Wynd as Sister Mary
- Kenneth McCabe as Rent-A-Cop
- J. Aubrey Island as Orderly
- Jeremiah Sird as Gregg
On the film’s DVD commentary, the filmmakers say they were paid a dismal amount of money to make the film. Originally, they say, they were told to re-edit the first film and pass it off as a sequel. Director Lee Harry said he insisted that a new film be shot, though he did not have the budget to create an entirely new story.
Harry says they tried to find Eric Freeman to participate for the commentary track, but they were unable to locate him at the time.
The film was available on the DVD Double Gift Pack on October 7, 2003 from Anchor Bay Entertainment, along with the original Silent Night, Deadly Night, but was discontinued due to copyright problems and is currently out of print.
Due to the excessive use of footage from the original movie, the film was panned by critics. However, the film does have an audience with slasher fans/horror fans, and has gained a cult following as an unintentional comedy due to Freeman's performance.
During Ricky's suburban shooting rampage, he kills a neighbour that is taking out trash cans, shouting "Garbage day!" before firing on the person. The scene has become an Internet meme due to the seemingly non-sequitur nature of the scene as well as the comedic cheesiness of the line's delivery.
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- Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 at the Internet Movie Database