silent night 3One of my favorite horror films that I always felt was underrated was the very first Silent Night, Deadly Night film about the kid so traumatized by Santa that he went on a killing spree. The other night I was trying to think of ideas for a new Cheeseball Cinema entry when Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! was airing on Epix Drive In and it was then I knew what I wanted to do. In this film, Ricky the Santa Killer (from the first film, but played now by Bill Moseley) has been in a coma for six years thanks to Doctor Newbury (Richard Beymer) who has surgically reconstructed his brain from the pieces that it was in. He then tries to experiment on a blind girl with psychic powers named Laura (Samantha Scully) to see if she can telepathically connect with Ricky. The only problem is that the experiment works and Ricky becomes emotionally and telepathically connected to Laura and he goes after her. Will the doctor get to her in time to save her or will Ricky get to her first. The film also stars Melissa Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop) as Newbury’s Assistant, Richard C. Adams (The Sting II) as Santa, Eric DaRe (Twin Peaks) as Chris, Laura Harring (The Punisher) as Jerri, Elizabeth Hoffman (Dante’s Peak) as Grannny, Robert Culp (The Greatest American Hero) as Lt. Connely, Richard N. Gladstein (Pulp Fiction) as a Detective, Jim Ladd (Tequila Sunrise) as newscaster, and the film was directed by Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop).

Laura HarringThere are a couple of issues that I had with the film right from the get go and that is we don’t know why Laura was picked out of all the people in the world with her ability other than she is blind. We also do not know why she is so hostile towards her brother’s girlfriend Jerri (Harring) other than it must be because she is jealous. Ricky at one point in the film enters the grannies house and we assume that he kills her, but we don’t know why he left the house before Laura and company get there. Those are some of the things that bothered me about the film other than the fight sequence at the end of the film which I just thought was dumb. The one good redeeming factor of the film is the one and only time that you get to see some T&A from Laura Harring who plays Jerri during a bathtub scene in the film. The acting wasn’t terrible and I was pleasantly surprised to see Bill Moseley who played one of the most iconic characters in horror (Chop-Top from Texas Chainsaw Massacre II) in this film playing the killer again. Other than those things I mentioned in the beginning of this paragraph, I did enjoy watching the film which aired on Epix Drive-In which is a very cool channel. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this film a 2.9 for a final grade.

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