Greetings, and welcome back to Horror Business. We have one awesome episode in store for you guys: we’re talking about 1989’s Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! and 1990’s Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: The Initiation.
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We start by talking about what we’ve done involving horror recently. Liam talks the films 12 Hour Shift, Siberia, and Justin talks about the documentary What Awaits Us (about the ‘80s hardcore band Beyond) and the first episode of the CBS miniseries adaption of The Stand.
Up first is Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! We begin by talking about the film is a rather weird sequel to a relative well-known slasher film.
We give a brief summary of the film and discuss how, despite it being lesser known than part two, it’s probably the better film. We talk about how the film has little to no connection to Christmas whatsoever.
We touch upon how low budget slashers live and die by their kills and the quality thereof and how this film really doesn’t do the work to live up to that. The continuity (or lack thereof) between this film and the prior film is talked about, and how often times Christmas horror films use the Christmas setting as a gimmick and little else instead of having Christmas being an essential part of the film.
We briefly touch upon how Bill Moseley talent is wasted in this movie and how people only really like SNDN2 because of the “garbage day” meme. We talk about how the movie, despite looking ridiculous, seems to be afraid to really go for the all and be crazy with its premise.
Up next is Silent Night, Deadly Night 4. We open by talking about how, much like the third film, this film has little interest in maintaining any connection to Christmas. We give a brief summary of the film.
We talk about how despite our criticisms we actually enjoyed this movie quite a bit, possibly because Brian Yuzna made it his own and did whatever he wanted with it. We talk about the upsetting practical effects from HB favorite Screaming Mad George.
We briefly touch upon some of the feminist aspects of the film, in that the female leads of this film are presented as genuinely menacing to men. The film being a lesser known Yuzna film is touched upon.
We briefly talk about some of the things we didn’t like the film, including some of the more insufferable acting a scene of sexual assault.
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