25 Days of Christmas #14
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 3: Better Watch Out!
I've seen all of the Silent Night Deadly Night franchise before and this is honestly my least favorite which is kinda crazy when you look at the people involved. First it's got fucking Two Lane Blacktop director Monte Hellman. Then genre vet Bill Moseley taking over killer Santa Ricky from Part 2. And David Lynch alums Leo Johnson and Benjamin Horne of Twin Peaks along with Laura Harring of Mulholland Drive (I know, I interchanged character names and actor names, fight me). How the fuck did this movie end up so lame.
Listen technically it's more competent than the Frankenstein's mess of a movie that Part 2 is but where Part 2 is so bad it's good, Part 3 commits the cardinal sin of being boring. They resurrect Ricky with basically a fishbowl on his head covering his exposed brain and he has a psychic connection with a blind lady. She wakes him up out of a coma and he stumbles his way around trying to find her. The plot is just a mess and makes no sense and it takes itself way too seriously. None of the kills are very entertaining and a whole bunch of nothing happens.
All you had to do was put a guy in a Santa suit and have him kill some goddamn people. Instead we get a bunch of flim flam psychic mumbo jumbo bullshit. Thankfully the sequels after this just straight up abandon the Ricky/Billy storyline and just do whatever they want making far more entertaining films. This is a low point in a surprisingly fun franchise.
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