When it comes to bad horror sequels people tend to fit them into two separate categories. Fist you have the bad sequels that are just god awful. Examples of this are "Poltergeist III", "Mangler 2", and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation." Then you have the category of "so bad, it's good." Examples of this are "Troll 2", "Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf" and of course "Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2."
The first "Silent Night, Deadly Night" film wasn't a good film by any means and this sequel is even worse. This "worseness" (is that even a word?) is what makes SNDN2 so damn enjoyable. The film however has a bad rap as it is nearly halfway made up of flashback footage from the first film. I mean what a cheap cop-out! I can easily see why this would piss people off as it did me at first. However if one can get past the usage of stock footage they will find half a movie with thigh slapping hilarity!
This film follows the story of Ricky, the younger brother of the Santa Clause killer of the first film. The story starts off with Ricky in jail talking to a doctor and thus flashbacks occur (but as a baby in the first film he would have been too young to remember many of the scenes - just adding to the hilarity). Ricky then escapes (oh, how shocking) and goes after the evil abusive mother superior from the original film.
The thing that makes this sequel so damn funny is actor Eric Freeman as Ricky. He is just so damn awful that the lines he spout out makes one hit the floor with laughter. He also as the uncanny ability to overuse his eyebrows when talking. The film hits its peak when Ricky goes on a rampage on a suburban street. He first kills his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend with a battery, then kills his girlfriend, and then kills a dopey cop with his own gun. The best part comes when Ricky is marching down the street and an innocent bystander comes out of his house with a trash can. Ricky then screams the line "Garbage Day" and then shoots the guy. This line has become one of the all time best bad one liners in a movie! This sequence is even spoofed all over youtube!
The film was pissed on when it came out and it had every right to be with all that damn stock footage. However I think bad movie enthusiasts are finally grasping the hilarity of the rest of the movie and the film is starting to gain an ever growing cult following one day it might become just as popular as Troll 2. One just needs to fast-forward through all the stock footage to get to the "good stuff."
There you have it, "Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2". One of the best bad movie sequels ever made. Well, best 1/2 bad movie sequel ever made. ;-)
Written By Eric Reifschneider
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