Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation

Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation

Movie: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation
Director: Brian Yuzna
Produced by: International
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MPAA Rating: R

When a long-running horror series brings in cult director Brian Yuzna, the resulting film is generally a huge change of pace. Sometimes, as in the marvelous Return of the Living Dead III, that is a good thing. In this case, the result is a big, confused mess. Maud Adams stars as Fima, a witch who owns a Los Angeles bookstore. She befriends a newspaper reporter named Kira, whom Fima has chosen to initiate into the coven by having her give birth to a monster. Clint Howard appears as her slave, Ricky, but doesn’t seem to be related to the killer-Santa Ricky from parts two and three, although he does manage to garrote someone with a string of Christmas lights and reappears in part five. None of it makes much sense, but there are lots of big maggots and roaches and an interesting cult-bait cast including Reggie Bannister, Jeanne Bates, Allyce Beasley, and Marjean Holden. The next installment starred Mickey Rooney, although by that point not many viewers cared.

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