Now normally we wouldn’t review a fan-made movie but this 2010 release got our attention by calling itself Silent Night, Deadly Night 6: Santa’s Watching. A title like that implies it is an actual official entry in the series which it isn’t but then it is, kind of.
You see what we have here a short, super-low budget flick that continues the Billy/Ricky story-line of the first three movies. Not only that it has some funny tongue in cheek references to the series dotted throughout. Is it good? No, that’s the short answer. However, considering how poor the series has been since the original, this film fits right in.
For those unaware, the original 1984 Silent Night, Deadly Night saw a young man called Billy go on a murder spree while dressed as Santa. It’s a decent film and one that most associate with the Yuletide when thinking of horror set at this time. You can read our review here.
The sequel was released in 1987 and has Billy’s younger brother Ricky take up the mantle of killer Claus. A lacklustre film that is heavily made up of flashbacks of the original. However, it did coin one of horror’s most famous lines. You can read our review here.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out was released in 1989 and wrapped up the Billy/Ricky story as the former returns for one more round of festive season murder. You can read our review here.
Changing direction completely, Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990) was barely a Christmas horror and instead centred around a cult. The best thing that can be said about it, is that it features the effects work of one Screaming Mad George. You can read our review of this film here.
Finally, we have Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991) which unsurprisingly surrounds a toy maker. One who makes toys that come to life and commit murder. You can read our review here.
Baring a 2012 loose remake called Silent Night (read our review here), the series has laid dormant since 1991. So, props to writer/director/actor Kyle Brooky for having a go at telling the next chapter.
Here, Billy has been long dead and buried in an unmarked grave. A woman, going to cut down a Christmas tree accidentally revives him when she bleeds on his grave. Back and ‘zombified’ Billy’s reign of Christmas terror begins all over again.
That’s about as much as you need to know about the plot. It has a story and that’s better than nothing.
It’s hard to review a fan-made horror and critique the production values (terrible), the acting (terrible), the effects (terrible) and so on. Simply because it is exactly what it says it is, a fan-made movie. However, for effort alone Silent Night, Deadly Night 6: Santa’s Watching deserves praise. The attempt to link to the original films is cool and the references throughout will amuse.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 6: Santa's Watching
The Final Score - 4/10