Steven C. Miller Unwraps Silent Night, Deadly Night Remake

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We’ve been sitting on this news for a while now, but the cat is now officially out of the bag: Slay bells will ring once again as Automaton Transfusion director Steven C. Miller takes the directorial reins of a remake of Charles E. Sellier, Jr.’s ’80’s slasher Santa flick Silent Night, Deadly Night.

To be produced by Richard Saperstein (The Mist), Brian Witten (Chernobyl Diaries) and Shara Kay (The Barrens), the Silent Night, Deadly Night retool is set to go before cameras next month in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with Malcolm McDowell starring as Sheriff Cooper, a small-town hero ready for some big-time action. Miller will direct from a script by exec producer Jayson Rothwell. Anchor Bay has picked up North American distribution rights to the project that will unspool this holiday season.

Released to much controversy in 1984 due to its ad campaign which depicted an axe-wielding Santa Claus, the original film was summarily pulled from theaters two weeks after its release following angry picketers, only to discover a new life upon its subsequent release to VHS a year later. The original revolved around a teenager who embarks on a killing spree dressed as Saint Nick following the murder of his parents and abuse suffered by the hands of the orphanage’s Mother Superior in which he’s forced to live. There’s no word yet on how closely the remake will follow this narrative, although rest assured there will undoubtedly be a homicidal Kris Kringle at its center.

Stay tuned for more.

Steven C. Miller Unwraps Silent Night, Deadly Night Remake

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  1. nonserviam03 we dont have more Christmas Horror movies then Halloween Horror movies nice Try. and let me rephrase what I said . . . we need more GOOD christmas horror movies
    I loved the Original Black Christmas,Gremlins, Rare Exports and Sint
    Chrismtas Evil,Don’t Open Till Christmas and Silent Night Bloody Night were just “meh” to me
    ALL of the Silent Night Deadly Night movies are fucking Awful
    and you know what . . . I actually had fun with Jack Frost, Santa’s Slay and the Black Christmas Remake ( i know…Fuck you all too LOL )

  2. actually Im excited for this because 1. I FUCKING HATED the Original Silent Night Deadly Night so I hope they can improve upon the storyline and 2. we need more Christmas Horror films

    • …really? We need more Christmas horror films? Between Silent Night Deadly Night, its’ 4 sequels, Black Christmas, Black Xmas, Don’t Open till Christmas, Gremlins, Santa’s Slay, Rare Exports, Jack Frost, Silent Night Bloody Night, and Christmas Evil we have more Christmas horror movies than we have Halloween horror movies.

  3. Now a brand new generation of parents can boycott the release of the remake. I would watch this if it were Malcolm McDowell running around in a Santa suit killing people!

  4. Not sure how to feel about Silent Night getting remade. The original wasn’t a great film, but I’d prefer them to leave it alone.

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