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[Kill of the Week] Axe Completely Destroys Face in ‘Silent Night’

[Kill of the Week] Axe Completely Destroys Face in ‘Silent Night’

Every week, we spotlight a kill that we just can’t get enough of. This is Kill of the Week.

Thanksgiving has passed, the Rockefeller Center tree has been lit, and it’s officially December. You know what that means: time to start watching Christmas horror movies!

Released in 2012, director Steven C. Miller’s Silent Night was a remake of 1984’s Silent Night, Deadly Night, making the original classic only the second Christmas horror movie to find itself on the remake chopping block. If nothing more, Silent Night is a gory good time, as the film’s killer Santa punishes the naughty in exceedingly vicious ways.

The standout kill in Silent Night is likely the one wherein a topless woman is fed into a wood chipper, Fargo style, but that’s merely one of many scenes in the film that exploit the incredible practical effects work of Vincent Guastini and his team. Another standout highlight? Poor Dennis, whose head is split in two by Santa’s double-headed axe.

After impaling his girlfriend on a set of antlers (an homage to the original), “Santa” slams the axe into Dennis’ back and then drives it right between his eyes for the kill.

And this is why we love old school practical effects.



  • Saturn

    Methinks I’m gonna settle in for the night and give this one the honour of being my first Xmas movie of the season.
    It’s a good fun movie, although – as is often the case – I do prefer the original. That’ll be for later in the month though….

    Interesting titbit about the making of the movie : Johnathan Schaech had no input in this movie what-so-ever, surprisingly it turned out to be rather good even without his masterful horror performance.

  • This is a good movie, a little bit underrated ‘cause it doesn’t hold very much in common with the original. But i found it to be stylish and a lot of fun

  • jose ramirez

    Excellent! Made my day!

  • Silhouetters

    Wow that scoring and acting….
    this looks like a 10/10 for sure

  • KnegaKnick

    Acting was dreadful. Face splitting by axe was special though.

  • Necro

    Absolutely love this one! One of the better X-Mas ‘slasher’ films out there. I do prefer the original film, but for whatever reason if I couldn’t watch the original this would do just fine! There’s something I must say, and that is that little spoiled fucking kid in the opening of the clip would get her head slammed so hard into the wall she would have to ask Santa for new fucking teeth! Also the death she received in this wasn’t even deserving, she should’ve got the axe to the face!

  • discochic

    fun film, didn’t take itself too seriously – this and MY BLOODY VALENTINE remake were good, and HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW

  • diapers

    Ah yes, this flick was great! I recommended this one to anyone who would listen, by specifically saying “it’s an ok movie… with a head split”! Have not seen it since the release, will make my December viewing list this year for sure.

  • Geno1987

    It’s missing Garbage Day.

  • jackstark211

    Watched this again last night.

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