Twas the Night for Bloodshed – Silent Night, Deadly Night Taglines

It’s that time of year again, when mistletoe is hung and twinkle lights are strung. Not to go all bah humbug on everyone, but the jolly holiday is not the favored festivities of the year for me. Unless of course, Christmas is mixed with horror; it is the second most blood-tastic holiday in the horror genre. Keeping with the holiday spirit, I wish to share the taglines from the Silent Night, Deadly Night film franchise. A holiday delight in the month of December: Ho ho ho, oh no!

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

You’ve made it through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas.

Santa’s Here!

He knows when you’ve been naughty

Shocking… disturbing… The movie they tried to ban.

If “A Nightmare on Elm Street” gave you sleepless nights, or if “Halloween” made you jump in every shadow or if every “Friday the 13th” was more frightening than the others… THEN BEWARE!

It is the first installment, I was most surprised that the holiday puns were at a minimum. However, those puns can be used for the later installments, which generally become more campy and outlandish than the next.

The classic pun – He knows when you’ve been naughty – is the favored of the taglines. However, I was surprised by the last, which incorporated the other 80s horror slasher films that have spawned so many sequels.

Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)

The nightmare is about to begin… again!

Prayers won’t save you in the silent part of this night…

Once again lacking the holiday puns, but the Christmas ornament displaying the reflection of a gun in someone’s hand is visually appealing on the film’s poster. The long-winded prayers tagline brought the pun, but it also anti-climatic because of the tagline’s length. I was also slightly confused by the nightmare is about to begin again because the nightmare was not mentioned in the previous listed tagline for the first installment.

I was disappointed by the lack of taglines, I was so looking forward to some awesome holiday puns that I could share with friends who would look at me like I was crazy for thinking that they were amusing! Puns are not my favorites, but horror holiday puns I think would be highly amusing to such a horror enthusiast like myself and others in the horror blogosphere.

Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! (1989)

When your nightmare ends, the real terror begins!

A single tagline. This is quite possibly the shortest post when listing taglines (see Halloween Taglines from Hell). I cannot describe the sadness and disappointment when researching these Holiday inspired horror films’ taglines. A single tagline is sad, though the title alone is a nice spin to the ever popular Christmas song, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” The nightmare is mentioned once again, furthering the use of this phrase in the taglines for this and the previous installment: Being attacked during the holidays would be a nightmare.

Holidays are supposed to be joyous occasions with loved ones; however, a violent disturbance during these coming holidays would truly be a nightmare. It seems to be the only logical explanation behind these nightmare taglines in this film franchise.

Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 (1990)

And if I die before I wake, thank you.

Could these taglines go any more off the reservation of holiday puns and candy cane gags? Apparently so. A single tagline that is more along the lines of the prayer “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” than to anything Christmas related. The only thing I can think is “Thank God for the Christmas tree on the poster, or I would seriously be confused.” The knife was a nice choice to include, but once again taglines were slim pickings for this installment of  the franchise.

The lack of holiday puns is a major disappointment. Nothing could make me any more saddened, hears crossing your fingers that the next installment in the Silent Night, Deadly Night film franchise can bring us to holiday puns or at least a throwback to some from the original: Santa’s Here!

Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991)

He’s home… But he’s not alone.

No! I get it. Home Alone is a Christmas film and I enjoyed the first and second installments of that franchise, but was it necessary to play off of those words instead of some other wonderous holiday tradition or treat?

Sad day! So much potential with these taglines, especially with the sad kid on the film poster and the killer stuffed toys behind him. Disappointment!

The Silent Night, Deadly Night film franchise had potential to wreak havoc with Christmas puns, bringing horrifying aspects to the holiday. I have shared the taglines of the films with you, we have endured even with the lack of taglines. But fear not, more Christmas themed horror taglines will be coming soon: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Santa’s here!


~ by nicmarray on December 7, 2009.

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