Well that came as quite the surprise. And what would that be?
Late last week The Film Chest announced that work had been completed on the restoration of late writer/director Theodore Gershuny’s 1972 (rereleased in 1974) misunderstood horror classic, Silent Night, Bloody Night. It will be heading to the DVD market place in December.
Collectors who have PD copies (and the film is in the public domain) — there have been numerous versions released on both VHS and DVD — can look to Dec. 10 as window for the opportunity to replace their inferior copies with this restored version (from original 35mm source material). At a suggested SRP of just $11.98 (before discounts at retail) you would be nuts not to snap this up!
What makes Silent Night, Bloody Night particularly interesting is the original release date for the film. The tip off for the earlier 1972 (self-distributed) theatrical release window is the film antecedents of cult icon Mary Woronov, who appeared in back-to-back films directed by Gershuny (and produced by future Troma Studios founder Lloyd Kaufman). Silent Night, Bloody Night is attributed as being filmed and released prior to the 1973 release of Sugar Cookies.The film deftly juggles a critical incestuous plot element (a nice nod to Hitchcock’s Psycho), a well-crafted haunted house tale — complete with an unseen voyeur (Black Christmas came after Silent Night, Bloody Night) — and a twist ending like none other … and we mean, LIKE NONE OTHER (if you’ve seen this gem, then you will know the role that certain important citizens of Arlington, Massachusetts play in the film’s clever reveal).
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