The Winnipeg Free Press has revealed this morning that actor/stunt coordinator Rick Skene (pictured inside; The Divide, Surveillance ) will be playing the killer santa in Anchor Bay’s Silent Night, their “loose remake” of Charles E. Sellier Jr.’s 1984 classic Silent Night, Deadly Night now filming in Winnipeg under the direction of Steven C. Miller.
Jaime King (My Bloody Valentine, Mother’s Day), Malcolm McDowell, Donal Logue (Shark Night 3D), Jamie Kennedy (Scream), Brendan Fehr (Final Destination), Lisa Marie (Sleepy Hollow), Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs the World) and Cortney Palm ( Sushi Girl) all star in the film where a sadist Santa has come to punish the naughty of Cryer, and this Christmas Eve will be anything but a Silent Night…
The slashing begins on a snowy Christmas Eve in Cryer, WI. The normally quiet town is bustling with activity as the the residents are getting ready for the big day. The events take place around the towns annual Santa Parade, which has brought a record number of Santas to town. Deputy Sheriff Aubrey Bradimore (King) is stuck reluctantly working the night shift, dealing with all of the drunken Santas, road closures, and stressed out locals — but things are about to take a deadly turn. A vicious serial killer, dressed as Santa Claus, has made his own “naughty list” and anyone on it is in big trouble. As the body count rises, Aubrey races to discover the killer’s true identity – but in a town full of Santas, shady characters and dark secrets, finding the real murderer will take more then a Christmas miracle. Malcolm McDowell will play Sheriff Cooper, a small-town hero ready for some big-time action.
The site writes: “A horror movie is usually only as good as its villain.
In the movie Silent Night, the killer dressed as Santa Claus inspires not visions of sugarplums, but something decidedly more nightmarish as he slices his way through the naughty citizenry of Cryer, Wisconsin.
The Genre Company revealed that the role of the killer would be played by Winnipeg actor-stunt co-ordinator Rick Skene.
It’s a particularly delicious change-up for Skene, the son of former Free Press theatre critic Reg Skene. Rick was the stunt co-ordinator of the direct-to-DVD horror film Wrong Turn 4 in which his stuntman-actor sons Sean and Daniel Skene played two of the film’s three mutant cannibal villains, Three Finger and One Eye.
On this shoot, Sean Skene is the stunt co-ordinator while his dad is in the psycho hot seat.
“He came in as the stunt co-ordinator and we asked him: Would you consider playing the role?” says producer Shara Kay. “Fortunately, he accepted.”
“They asked me if I acted,” says Skene, who actually teaches acting as well as fight choreography at the University of Winnipeg. “It’s kind of a logical move to have an experienced stunt performer who is also an actor. Because having to switch (between actor and stuntman) through the entire movie is so crazy, it just made sense to go in that direction.
“It’s a really big role to bite off.”