Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!

Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!

Movie: Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!
Director: Monte Hellman
Produced by: Quiet Films
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MPAA Rating: R

It is difficult to believe that this wretched sequel was Monte Hellman’s first American film since Cockfighter, and even more difficult to believe that it is the work of the man behind cult classics like Two-Lane Blacktop, The Shooting, and Back Door to Hell. The grown-up Ricky comes out of the coma in which he ended the last film and goes on another murderous Christmas Eve rampage despite the fact that his brain is exposed under a glass dome after reconstructive surgery. There’s a confused subplot about a doctor investigating the dreams of a blind psychic girl, whose visions have something to do with Ricky’s past. The glass-plated killer shows up at the girl’s house, pursued by the doctor and a grumpy policeman played by Robert Culp, for the final standoff. The cast includes Eric Da Re, Elizabeth Hoffman, and Leonard Mann, there are flashbacks to part two, and obligatory in-jokes like several scenes from 1963’s The Terror, and an homage to the original Carnival of Souls. There are some interesting camera angles, and one envisions Hellman thinking he was doing something different with the series, but the script and acting are terrible and Ricky’s story had pretty much run its course anyway. The next sequel was a completely unrelated gorefest from Brian Yuzna, whose unique vision — if roundly rejected by series fans — was at least a change of pace.

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