Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming – UK, 2013

Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming is a 2013 British horror feature film directed by James Plumb (Little Monster; Kerb Crawlers; Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection) from a screenplay co-written with Andrew Jones (director of Robert the Doll franchise and many more). The movie stars Adrienne King and Lee Bane.

This movie is a remake of Silent Night, Bloody Night (USA, 1972).

Reviews:

“Is it as good as it could have been? Yes and no. Some parts work, others don’t. A few Christmas decos wouldn’t have busted the budget (they’re usually pretty cheap at the start of the year!) and a little less fidelity to the original might have been beneficial – because it’s only relevant to those viewers who watch both, and the film should be able to stand alone…” MJ Simpson, Cult films and the people who make them

“Not as gothic or Grand Guignol-esque as the original, Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming is at least a commendable updating of Theodore Gershuny’s film, complete with incredibly gory SFX – some of which, fact-fans, are actual practical effects – including a disembowelling, plenty of axe-murders and a death by Christmas decorations!” Phil Wheat, Nerdly

“Overall, SNBN:TH is a great home-grown horror which makes good use of its isolated Welsh landscape and manages to bring a little respect to the ‘re-imagining’ table, thanks to filmmakers that obviously have so much respect for the source material.” Dave Wain, UK Horror Scene

“The film looks incredibly cheap, which isn’t always a setback, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn this was filmed over a weekend using a few local theater group players. That old nemesis of mine ‘the under-reactor-actor’ is present and accounted for. If someone is attacking you with a f*cking axe, scream!” Vegan Voorhees

Cast and characters:

  • Adrienne King … The Stranger (voice) – Killer Therapy; Tales of PoeFriday the 13th (1980) and Part 2
  • Lee Bane … Dr. Gershuny (voice)
  • Rorie Stockton … Smiler
  • Sabrina Dickens … Marianne Butler
  • Sule Rimi … Ben
  • Rosemary Smith … Tess Howard
  • Richard Goss … Doctor Peter Chandler
  • Ritchie Bessant … Thumper
  • Ceri Mears … Woronov
  • Matthew Batte … Carter
  • Philip Harvey … Wilfred Butler – The Last Horror Movie
  • Richard Burman … Doctor Robinson
  • Kathy Saxondale … Marie Butler (archive footage)
  • Melanie Stevens … Diane Adams (as Mel Stevens)
  • Sean Robinson … Kong
  • Alastair Jenkins … Birdie
  • David Beynon … Doctor Freudstein

Trivia:

Silent Night, Bloody Night 2: Revival (USA, 2015) has no connection with this movie.

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