Silent Night, Deadly Night (1985)
First off, Billy the Deranged Santa Impersonator Who Kills People (Robert Brian Wilson, in his very first role, before going on to some scattered gigs on TV and then disappearing) seen killing people there above? In that last shot, with his post-murder O-face? He looks just like this guy I dated in college. Which leads to a lot of confusing, conflicting feelings, which are kind of creeping me out.
Anyway, on a less personal note, does this scene remind anyone else of poor Barney the dog being strung up by the bad Mogwai in Gremlins?
It makes me think of that scene immediately. And then I remember that it always seemed a little much, those tiny Mogwai hauling that big dog up like that. I mean, they're not even Gremlins proper yet, they're still just the little furballs at this point... but I suppose they've got the will-power and the ingenuity to do such things, after all. How dare I doubt them!
And then I think of dreamy Billy (Zach Galligan)...
Even Gizmo got starry-eyed whenever he said his name.
Even Gizmo got starry-eyed whenever he said his name.
Such a crush on that Zach Galligan back in the day. Dreamboat! But no, I am digressing here, it's an entirely different Billy that we are supposed to be talking about! Billy the Deranged (yet also hot) Santa Impersonator Who Kills People, as seen up at top. And Gizmo doesn't like that Billy.
If you've ever had the... pleasure?... of seeing Silent Night, Deadly Night, you'll probably agree with me that it's one of the nastier 80's slasher movies. And you might wonder why I chose the above death scene instead of the most memorable death scene from the movie, when Horror Icon Linnea Quigley has that unfortunate topless rendezvous with the business end of a pair of antlers.
Well... that shit is a little hardcore for me to lovingly document frame by frame. Yes, even for me. I chickened out on a Ways Not To Die once before (the "Curbing" scene in American History X) and here I'm going with the friendlier "Man Strangling" scene in the movie... the movie that has a rightful rep for misogyny. This guy Billy's seen killing above was just trying to rape the girl Billy is in love with! So he's bad and deserves Billy's wrath! (Never mind the fact that the girl Billy loves doesn't see this strangling as the Act Of Love it was meant to be, freaks out, and then Billy kills her. I said nevermind that right now!) So here we have Billy's failed attempt at a noble act that leads to all that unfortunateness down the road. Did I mention Billy the Deranged Santa Impersonator Who Kills People is also hot? I did? it deserves visual recognition. I love how we're introduced to Adult Billy - with a long slow pan up him:
Hey there, big fella in ill-fitting Mom Jeans. Wanna help me "load" my "car"? Anyway...
He's a hot piece of Faux-Kringle. Too bad he's all nuts and and stabby and all. What a waste!
A note: This is coming at y'all a week early because I am totally going to be lying on a beach getting my laze on come Christmas Day. Yay me-on-a-beach! Come this Sunday, I'll be out of town for a week. (And on a beach, y'all!) I've got a few little things set to post during the week on their own, but otherwise you should expect radio silence here at MNPP for most of next week. So this yuletide-y stab at gratuitousness of the fleshy male sort as well as the stab-stab is sort of my early gift to y'all. Oh come all ye perverts!
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