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Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2
Directed by Lee Harry
Produced by Lawrence Appelbaum
Written by Michael Hickey and
Paul Caimi (characters)
Lee Harry and
Josheph H. Earle and
Dennis Patterson and
Lawrence Appelbaum (story)
Lee Harry and
Joseph H. Earle (screenplay)
Starring Eric Freeman
James Newman
Elizabeth Kaitan
Jean Miller
Music by Michael Armstrong
Cinematography Harvey Genkins
Editing by Lee Harry
Distributed by Silent Night Releasing Corporation
Release date(s) April 10, 1987 (USA)
Running time 88 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $250,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $154,323[1] (USA)
Preceded by Silent Night, Deadly Night
Followed by Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!

Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is the 1987 sequel to the 1984 slasher movie Silent Night, Deadly Night.

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Plot summary

The sequel picks up on Christmas Eve some years after the first one, with the 18 year-old brother of the killer in the first movie, Ricky Caldwell, being held in a mental hospital, awaiting trial for a series of murders he committed. While being interviewed by psychiatrist Dr. Bloom, Ricky tells the story of the murders his brother Billy committed through a series of several flashbacks that use footage from the original film.

After this is done, Ricky tells his own story. After Billy's death, he was adopted and given a good upbringing, but his trauma was never treated. After his foster father's death, Ricky seems to lose composure and commits a series of random murders, targeting people who are "naughty". A chance for a happy and normal life seems to materialize when he starts dating Jennifer Statson. However, an unpleasant encounter with Jennifer's ex-boyfriend Chip sends Ricky over the edge. He kills Chip by electrocuting him with jumper cables attached to a red car in front of Jennifer. He then uses the antenna of the car to strangle Jennifer to death. An officer sees this and as Ricky is about to get arrested, he grabs the officer's gun, shoots the officer in the head, and then goes on a shooting spree through a suburban neighborhood before being captured by the police.

Cutting back to the present day, Ricky kills Dr. Bloom and escapes from the mental hospital, murdering a Salvation Army Santa before stealing the man's costume. Ricky's plan is to kill the now disfigured, wheelchair-using Mother Superior, who he blames for Billy's death. After a chase through her house, he succeeds at this by decapitating Mother Superior. The cops arrive and gun Ricky down, but the last shot of the movie shows he's still alive.

Cast

  • Eric Freeman as Ricky Caldwell
  • James Newman as Dr. Henry Bloom (as James L. Newman)
  • Elizabeth Kaitan as Jennifer Statson (as Elizabeth Cayton)
  • Jean Miller as Mother Superior
  • Darrel Guilbeau as Ricky Chapman (age 15)
  • Brian Michael Henley as Ricky Chapman (age 10)
  • Corrine Gelfan as Mrs. Rosenberg
  • Michael Combatti as Mr. Rosenberg
  • Kenneth Brian James as Chip
  • Ron Moriarty as Detective
  • Frank Novak as Loan Shark
  • Randall Boffman as Eddie (as Randy Baughman)
  • Joanne White as Paula
  • Lenny Rose as Loser
  • Nadya Wynd Sister Mary
  • Kenneth McCabe as Rent-a-Cop
  • J. Aubrey Island as Orderly
  • Randy Post as Loudmouth in Theater
  • Kent Koppase as Cop #1
  • Michael Marloe as Cop #2
  • Larry Kelman as Cop #3
  • Stephanie Babbit as Little Girl on Bicycle
  • Traci Odom as Nun on Street
  • Jennie Webb as Nun on Street

Reception

Due to the excessive use of footage from the original movie, the film was panned by critics. However, the film does have an audience with slasher fans/horror movie fans, and has gained a cult following as an unintentional comedy due to Freeman's performance.[2]

On the film’s DVD commentary, the filmmakers say they were paid a dismal amount of money to make the film. Originally, they say, they were told to re-edit the first film and pass it off as a sequel. The director said he insisted that a new movie be shot, though he did not have the budget to create an entirely new story. The director on the commentary track claims they tried to find Eric Freeman to participate for the commentary track of the DVD release, but the director claims he is untraceable. Freeman's current whereabouts remain a mystery.[3]

The film was available on the DVD Double Gift Pack on October 7, 2003 from Anchor Bay Entertainment, along with the original Silent Night, Deadly Night, but was discontinued due to copyright problems and is currently out of print. The original Silent Night, Deadly Night was later reissued by Anchor Bay Entertainment on December 11, 2007 and is also now out of print. There are currently no plans to release a new DVD of either film, as of December 16, 2009.

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