Review : Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)

This sequel was directed by Lee Harry and was released in 1987, 3 years after the original. This time, the story focuses on Ricky, Billy’s little brother, a few years after the events of the first film. Ricky is in a mental instituion, awaiting trial for a series of murders. The sequel is well-known (and criticized) for using an excessive amount of footage from the previous film.

The movie starts with Ricky being interviewed by Dr Bloom, a psychiatrist. He begins by telling his brother’s story. And this is where the numerous problems begin. Besides using a huge amount of footage from the previous film, some aspects of the story don’t make sense when told by Ricky. He tells the doctor about events he couldn’t be aware of, despite the shady justification that Billy told him about it. How can Ricky, or Billy, know about what happened when some scenes don’t involve either character ?

Then, we get a bit of backstory, explaining what happened to Ricky after his brother’s death. This is the film’s failed attempt at giving layers to the character and giving him a motive. Ricky is adopted by a nice family and has a good childhood though his trauma was, like his brother, never treated. So, what turns Ricky into a mass murderer ? The death of his foster father. Ricky’s story is not nearly as interesting or engaging as Billy’s and it all appears to be an attempt at finding an excuse for Ricky to kill people.

Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is not a good sequel but the film is worth watching for its unintentional comedic nature. Eric Freeman, who plays Ricky, gives such a bad performance that the film becomes hilarious. When seen as a comedy, it is quite entertaining. Eric Freeman is constantly over-acting and portrays Ricky as a cliché cartoon villain. The film is famous for its extremely cheesy lines, including the legendary “Garbage day”.

As strange as it seems, I actually recommend Silent Night, Deadly Part 2. Granted, the film makes no sense and is overall mediocre but it is hilarious. I will go as far as saying that I’ll probably end up watching it again (especially since watching the original has become a yearly tradition).

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