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Rated R
Copyright 1987 Silent Night Releasing Corporation
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 23 December 2001

The Characters:  

  • Ricky - Look ma; I'm the spitting image of a psychopathic killer! And the director said my character smokes, is incarcerated at a mental hospital, kills his girlfriend, and beheads a nun! Aren't you proud?
  • Billy - Well, he is just as much a star of this movie as the actor playing Ricky.
  • Henry - Psychologist with nothing better to do on Christmas Eve than interview a deranged murderer. Get a life man!
  • Jennifer - For a short spell she is Ricky's main squeeze. The breakup is a bad one; he chokes her to death.
  • The Orderly - Yikes! Visible panty lines! (Presumed dead.)
  • Mother Superior - We are told she suffered a stroke, but what it looks like she is suffering from is corn smut. Beheaded.
  • Chip - If a mad scientist were to cross Mark Hamill, Jason Mewes, and Duckie from "Pretty in Pink" then you would have this guy. Electrocuted to death.
  • Rocko and Eddie - One was a loan shark, the other an abusive boyfriend. Both are dead. Coincidence?
  • The Skinny Idiot in the Theater - There is this thing called survival instinct; either you have it or you don't. He didn't.

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The Plot: 

The beast in question here gives me a serious sense of "Deja how much freaking footage from the first film are they going to use?" Why? The first forty minutes are mostly (96%) flashbacks to the original "Silent Night, Deadly Night," with Ricky narrating and the doctor taking notes. I mean, heck, the first film is pretty cool in my book, but the whole idea behind sequels is adding new chapters to the story. How would you like it if every book in a series spent half its pages reiterating what occurred in the previous volume? Can you imagine trying to read L. Ron Hubbard's "Mission Earth" if that were the case? My soul quails in fear at the thought!

The situation is hardly helped by the fact that some of the narration includes mistakes. For example: Sister Margaret, not Mother Superior, helped Billy get a job at the toy store. We also watch the scenes where older bullies take sleds away from two boys. Seeing that sort of behavior, exhibited by grown men, was hard to swallow the first time around. Another exposure only made my conviction concrete. If you are a man of about twenty-five and beating kids up to steal their sleds - you are a sad wanker.

In fact, if you are interested in the first half of this movie, then go read my review of the original.

Ricky watched when Billy, dressed as Santa Claus, was shot to death in the orphanage. Between his brother's earlier stories about their parent's deaths and the trauma of seeing Billy killed, Ricky does not like jolly old elves. The orphanage arrives upon a novel solution though: give him to the Jewish family!

Except for a few isolated incidents, the little psycho passes into the teen years without much trouble. His adopted father's death is what seems to trigger the early steps toward butchery. The first two victims (separated by several years) are Eddie and Rocko; it could be argued that Ricky was doing society a favor in killing either of them. Eddie's abused girlfriend even makes a point of saying, "Thank you." to the lad. This after Ricky spends several minutes running over the loser.

The trend of infrequently killing naughty people might have continued for years, had Jennifer not entered the picture. The young man falls deeply in love with the girl, but her past includes a number of trips around the block. The catalyst that sets off Ricky's killing spree is Chip saying, in no uncertain terms, that he and Jennifer had bumped uglies. That earns him a painful death by automotive battery charger. Next, Jennifer falls into disfavor when she says something to the effect of, "You killed him! I hate you Ricky!" (interesting way to express yourself there Jenn).

When the rampage, coming as it does from left field, happens, everything seems disjointed. Suddenly Ricky is walking down the street, shooting people at random. The first movie had charm in that Billy killed mostly naughty people. The cop who shot a deaf man, two kids having premarital sex, and so on. Apparently taking the garbage out is immoral though, because he shoots a man who is carrying his to the curb. A passing compact car (Chevette? Okay, that might be naughty.) also becomes a target, providing an eye-opener. Watch as it careens off the ramp and past the stuntman; his shoulder was probably black and blue the next day. Upon finishing the crash, it explodes into flames (maybe it was a Pinto).

For those who are wondering, all these events are also flashbacks (to new footage) as told by Ricky to Henry. The psychologist was still writing notes when we last checked. As the camera pans over his desk, we see Henry has been strangled with the recording tape. Ricky escapes the mental institution with a single goal running through his twisted mind. Can he be stopped before the old nun gets chopped?

On the good side: at least Mother Superior finally got her just deserts; plus, I now get the old joke about a nun falling down the stairs. Hahahaha! (Ah, shoot. I am probably going to Hell for that.)

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • "Sequel" is another word for "recap."
  • Personal recording devices have come a long way in the last fifteen years.
  • Linnea Quigley's charms are obvious. At least when her shirt is off.
  • Running over someone is best done with a four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Being skewered with an umbrella is fatal, whether it is raining or not.
  • If you love someone, set them free. If they do not come back then strangle them with a car antenna.
  • Chopping up Mother Superior with an axe is naughty.
  • Nuns do not have any blood vessels in their necks.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 6 mins - These are some long opening credits.
  • 17 mins - As flashbacks go, this is the queen mother.
  • 28 mins - You know, I watched the first film and it was rather similar to this one.
  • 38 mins - Here new footage, here boy.
  • 57 mins - She must be an ex girlfriend...
  • 63 mins - No! Footage from the first film again!
  • 70 mins - Now I have a revolver. Ho ho ho.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note silentnightii1.wav Nun: "Mother Superior has assured me that his behavior will improve once he has a stable family environment."
Green Music Note silentnightii2.wav Ricky: "Punishment!"
Henry: "Discipline!"
Ricky: "You're really starting to get to me doc."
Green Music Note silentnightii3.wav Ricky: "What did you say this movie was about?"
Jennifer: "Oh, it's great. It's about this guy who dresses like Santa Claus and kills people."
Ricky: "What?"
Green Music Note silentnightii4.wav Ricky: "Mother Suuppeerriioorrrr!" (Come out and plaaaayyyy! Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

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Video Clipsilentnightii1.mpg - 2.0m
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