Los Angeles, CA – December 18, 2018 – ‘SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT’ is an “engaging body-count movie that’s ahead of its time. The similarities to Black Christmas are definitely there, from the mysterious phone calls, the Christmas setting, point-of-view shots and general stalk-and-slash mayhem,” wrote Horror News.
DarkCoast presents, from Director-Writer Theodore Gershuny (Sugarcookies) and Writer-Producer Jeffrey Konvitz (Spy Hard), the special re-release of SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT (aka Night of the Dark Full Moon and Death House) – the very first of the ‘70s body-count slasher films, creeping onto U.S. streaming platforms this December. Be the first to watch it here on Fandango today: https://bit.ly/2QElCoM.
Splashed with even more thrilling horror from producers, Ami Artzi (Night of the Living Dead) and Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger, Tromeo And Juliet) SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT dives deep into “subject matter [that] is dark, entailing incest and mental illness, and there is horrid blood-soaked imagery,” described Dread Central.
On Christmas Eve of 1950, Wilford Butler (Alex Stevens) returns home to discover that his house has been turned into a mental institution for the criminally insane. But upon the day of his return, sudden fiery flames completely engross Wilford, leaving the town to believe his death was an accident. Buried on New Years Day, the institution is closed down and the estate is left to Wilford’s grandson, Jeffrey Butler (James Patterson). Remaining vacant for over 20 years, Jeffrey decides to sell his grandfather’s house, despite the hesitant from the townspeople and the Mayor. But, the town’s snowy-white Christmas is about to turn bloody red when a serial killer escapes, finding refugee at the Butler estate. The dangerous escapee begins to haunt the town with frightening phone calls and murdering anyone who comes near the house.
Simultaneously, John Carter (Patrick O’Neal), a lawyer from New York City, comes into town with his girlfriend Ingrid (Astrid Heeren), seeking Mayor Adams (Walter Abel) to inquire about purchasing the Butler estate. John encounters the mute newspaper publisher, Charlie Towman (John Carradine), the communications director, Tess Howard (Fran Stevens), and Sheriff Bill Mason (Walter Klavun). Little do John and Ingrid know that Mayor Adams’ daughter is Diane Adams (Mary Woronov), discovers James and becomes enthralled in the mystery herself. Ultimate hell unravels when Diane comes across old newspapers, learning of Wilfred Butler’s daughter, Marianne, who had been attacked when she was 15. Diane also discovers that in 1935, Butler had given the property to Dr. Robinson with means to re-design the mansion into a local insane asylum, where he eventually committed his daughter. As Jeffrey begins to investigate himself, he uncovers Marianne’s old-childhood diary – divulging secrets of Marianne’s past and her lasting legacy.
As new mysteries open and additional secrets emerge, Diane and James’ curiosity leads them to link strange commonalities between the town’s mystifying events. But, what could the killer have in common with what happened to Wilford Butler years before?
“The mystery […is] satisfyingly wrapped up with a shocking revelation in the finale, featuring an unsettling flashback depicting frightening figures with blurred faces and employing the aesthetic of a sepia-toned picture that resembles the beginning of film. The entire proceedings are encapsulated in a cold and eerie atmosphere, due to being dankly lit and the isolated locations. Used to great effect is a truly chilling rendition of the traditional Christmas carol “Silent Night” sung by a little girl. This is an extremely effective low-budget slasher forerunner and a gem of a rarity,” praised Dread Central.
Will you be uncover the killer and solve the mystery? Find out on December 17th with DarkCoast’s exclusive re-release of SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT on various streaming platforms (iTunes, Dish, FlixFling, Vimeo On Demand, Google Play, Fandango and Sling). Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/288246780.
SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT stars award-winning cult actress, Marry Woronov (Death Race 2000, Eating Raoul, The House of the Devil), Alex Stevens (Superman, Black Rain, Goodfellas, Scanners), Patrick O’Neal (Under Siege, The Stepford Wives, The Way We Were), James Patterson (In the Heat of the Night) and seven-time winner, John Carradine (The Grapes of Wrath, The Scarecrow, House of Long Shadows). Alongside, the holiday-horror features Astrid Heeren (The Thomas Crown Affair, Castle Keep), Walter Abel (13 Rue Madeleine, First Offenders, The Three Musketeers), Walter Klavun (It Should Happen to You, Player of the Week, The Defenders), Philip Bruns (Flashdance, Return of the Living Dead Part II) and Fran Stevens (The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight).
SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT (1972, 81 min.) Directed by Theodore Gershuny. Written by: Theodore Gershuny, Jeffrey Konvitz. Produced by: Jeffrey Konvitz, Ami Artzi. Edited by: Tom Kennedy. Cinematographer: Adam Giffard. Music by: Gershon Kingsley. USA, English. Armor Films Inc., Cannon Productions, Jeffrey Konvitz Productions, Zora Investments Associates, TriCoast Worldwide, DarkCoast.
Produced by: Armor Films Inc., Cannon Productions, Jeffrey Konvitz Productions, Zora Investments Associates
MPAA rating: R
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