Movie Review: Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2 was directed by Lee Harry from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joseph H. Earle and stars Eric Freeman, Elizabeth Kaitan, James L. Newman, Jean Miller, Corrine Gelfan and Michael Combatti.

It’s Garbage Day! Ricky is being released from a mental hospital. He takes with him the terrifying memory of his brother Billy’s death and the memory of Mother Superior who brought about his brother’s demise. For Ricky, starting a new life means avenging his brother’s death, which sets him on a blind journey of relentless revenge, leading ultimately to Mother Superior. And when he gets to her, not even her faith will be enough to stop Ricky as he follows in the family tradition of Christmas carnage.

This 1987 sequel takes place on Christmas Eve and follows Ricky Caldwell (Eric Freeman), the younger brother of Billy Chapman who’s now dealing with his own psychological issues. The first half of the movie has Ricky recounting his nightmarish childhood memories with Dr. Henry Bloom (James L. Newman) where most of this is flashbacks from the first movie that shows what happened to his brother and then Ricky talks about his childhood memories and growing up after the terrifying event that left Billy dead. Ricky had a semi-normal life growing up because he was adopted by a loving family but things would eventually change because certain events would take place that forced him to snap.

Once Ricky shares all of his memories to his doctor he picks up where he left off with his killing spree and makes a daring escape that eventually leads him to the home of the aubusive Mother Superior (Jean Miller) so he can get some sweet revenge for Billy and what she put him through as a child. As Ricky strolls down the street (cranking out one-liner after one-liner) he takes out anyone (except for the little girl) who crosses his bloody path. Ricky makes his way to his final destination and when he finally locates his target, the final showdown begins between the psychopathic serial killer and the hateful woman that helped scar him for life.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front features the all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Scream Factory has given the movie a new 2K scan of an archival theatrical print. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, even though Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 isn’t as great of a movie as the original, this one has earned cult status for other reasons over the years. First of all, this is more of a horror-comedy so there’s several memorable one-liners like “It’s Garbage Day!” and secondly some of the acting is so atrocious it’s funny. Even though this movie uses a lot of archival footage from the 1984 classic, once it starts on its own path it’s a really entertaining watch that features a lot of humor and kills. With that comes a little blood and gore so the practical effects all looked good for the most part. They had to come up with something new for Mother Superior since it was a different actress playing the part so I guess they decided to cover half her face up with mysterious burns. Hey, how’d that happen? Anyway, the movie is so bad it’s good and it’s still a lot of cheesy fun plus it was already one of my go-to holiday horror classics to watch on DVD and now it’s even better with this awesome high-def upgrade. Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 will be available on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray for the first time ever on December 11th – just in time for Christmas.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 88 Minutes


Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include some new and vintage audio commentary, a new documentary about the movie that includes interviews with some of the cast and crew, a new location featurette, a new short film centering around the main character, a new extensive interview, theatrical trailer and the Finding Freeman trailer.

  • NEW 2K Scan of an archival theatrical print
  • NEW Audio Commentary with director Lee Harry, actors Eric Freeman and James Newman
  • NEW Slay Bells Ring Again: The Story of Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 – featuring interviews with co-writer/director Lee Harry, actors Eric Freeman, James Newman, Elizabeth Kaitan, Darrel Guilbeau, Kenny McCabe and makeup effects artist Christopher Biggs (1:14:39)
  • NEW Garbage Days Are Here Again – a look at the film’s locations (19:30)
  • NEW Ricky Today – a short film featuring a 2018 interview with Ricky Chapman/Caldwell (07:55)
  • NEW I Don’t Sleep – an extended interview with makeup effects artist Christopher Biggs (1:02:19)
  • Audio Commentary by co-writer/director Lee Harry, co-writer Joseph H Earle and actor James Newman
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:57)
  • Finding Freeman Trailer (01:01)

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