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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

Young Billy (Robert Brian Wilson) becomes traumatised by Santa Claus and the coming of Christmas after a criminal dressed as Santa shoots his father in the head and attempts to rape his mother before slitting her throat and leaving Billy and his baby brother without parents.

He is sent to an orphanage where he is abused by the Mother Superior (Lilyan Chauvin).

By the time Billy has reached his eighteenth birthday, he lands a job at a local toy store. However, when he is required to don a Santa’s suit for Christmas Eve and the co-workers begin referring to him as Santa, Billy goes on a murderous axe-wielding rampage in revenge.

When the film was released in 1984 many parents were outraged that a movie featuring a killer Santa was being shown. Theatres showing it were picketed and the film was hastily withdrawn by the distributors. All this controversy naturally made it a huge favourite when it came out on video.

Avoid the sequels at all costs.

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Billy
Robert Brian Wilson
Mother Superior

Lilyan Chauvin
Sister Margaret
Gilmer McCormick
Pamela
Toni Nero
Mr Sims
Britt Leach
Mrs Randall
Nancy Borgenicht
Captain Richards
H.E.D. Redford
Billy at 8
Danny Wagner
Denise
Linnea Quigley
Tommy
Leo Geter
Andy
Randy Stumpf
Grandpa
Will Hare
Mother (Ellie)
Tara Buckman
Father (Jim)
Geoff Hansen
Killer Santa
Charles Dierkop
Mr Levitt
Eric Hart
Billy at 5
Jonathan Best
Sister Ellen
A. Madeline Smith
Cindy
Amy Stuyvesant
Officer Barnes
Max Robinson
Dr Conway
Oscar Rowland
Officer Miller
Richard D. Clark
Officer Murphy
Tip Boxell

Director
Charles E Sellier Jnr