The talk of a remake of the 1984 controversial horror, Silent Night, Deadly Night, has been around for a while, however today everything has been confirmed at once!
Steven C. Miller, director of Automaton Transfusion, Scream of the Banshee (oh dear!!) and the forthcoming The Aggression Scale, is confirmed as the director of the Silent Night, Deadly Night remake. Richard Saperstein (The Mist), Brian Witten (Chernobyl Diaries) and Shara Kay (The Barrens) will be producing. The film is expected to start shooting next month in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
The other good news is that the UK’s very own Malcolm McDowell is due to play the role of Sheriff Cooper, the small town cop who has to deal with a murderous teenager dressed as Santa. The script has been written by executive producer Jayson Rothwell, and Anchor Bay have acquired North American rights.
The original film was released with some controversy after complaints about the TV ads showing Santa as an axe wielding maniac, and very quickly not only were the ads pulled, but so was the film. However, the film still managed to make a profit even though its theatrical run was limited, and became quite a collectible when it arrive on VHS a year later, also spawning a number of sequels.
Here is the synopsis for the original film:
A young boy watches his parents killed by a thief in a Santa suit. He spends his youth in an orphanage, staying quietly to his self, but his mind is further bent by an ironhanded Mother Superior. He finally gets a job at a local store, where he finally snaps when he is required to wear a Santa suit, and goes on a killing spree that leads him slowly back to the orphanage.
By Matt Wavish