Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation

In order to prepare for the holiday season, we’ve been watching all of the Silent Night and Deadly Night films. The discussion of Silent Night 4: Initiation, the title of the fourth film in the Silent Night film series, is next on the agenda. At this point, every Silent Night, Deadly Night film has taken the form of a slasher film in which the antagonist is a psychopath disguised as Santa Claus. After witnessing his parents’ murder at the hands of a psychopath dressed as Santa Claus in the first version of the film Silent Night, Deadly Night, the protagonist, Billy, suffers a mental breakdown and spirals further and further into insanity. Ricky, Billy’s brother, goes insane after seeing his brother go on a killing spree in the sequel to the horror film Silent Night, Deadly Night. Ricky’s observation of Billy’s rampage prompted Billy’s rampage. Ricky, who regained consciousness from a coma and continued his descent into insanity, was the protagonist of Silent Night, Deadly Night 3. However, Ricky was not alone this time. The immediate question is, “What distinguishes Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation from its predecessors?” Let us investigate.

Those who are familiar with the horror genre probably already have a good understanding of the reputation of the person whose name appears in the director’s credit. Namely, Brian Yuzna. The fact that this movie was directed by the same person who gave us “Society,” “Bride of Re-Animator,” and “Return of the Living Dead III,” in addition to “Re-Animator,” and “From Beyond,” gives the impression that it will be a very peculiar film. [Case in point:] “Society,” “Bride of Re-Animator,” and “Return of the Living Dead III.”

Audiences that go into a movie with the title “Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation” anticipating a slasher film have every reason to be let down by the experience. It is likely that the film’s marketing team came to the conclusion that portraying it as a continuation of a popular series would result in increased sales of movie tickets. Personally, I believe that the film’s title was one of the factors that contributed to its failure since it led many people to disregard it. Horror fans who are willing to look past the film’s title will be rewarded with an intriguing and unpolished gem in the form of this unconventional motion picture.

Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation

The occult is the topic of discussion in the psychological thriller Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation that serves as the fourth entry in the Silent Night, Deadly Night series. In this tale, neither psychopaths nor Saint Nicholas make an appearance. A few Christmas decorations may be seen in the backdrop, but other than that, the song has very little to do with the Christmas holiday.

The tale is a little bit disjointed, despite the fact that the direction, acting, and special effects are all of the highest caliber (Clint Howard even plays a strange homeless character). The description of the witch coven is poorly written and has much of room for improvement. The tale isn’t really interesting, but there’s a lot of weird visuals, blood, and action to keep viewers glued to the screen.

The series needed a breath of fresh air and a boost in ambition after the very uninteresting third installment. A question arises as to whether or not this franchise can even be considered operational at this time. It’s basically a bunch of scary movies with a number and a shaky Christmas link. But don’t go in hoping to read any great works of literature; this is about what one sees, not what one thinks. Yuzna has a knack for making sex-themed horror that isn’t gratuitously violent. Aside from the bedroom, he is completely forthright and honest about everything; nevertheless, once he becomes amorous, he starts doing some very odd things. Maybe some more offensive stuff said in a snarky and funny way. This is something that happens rarely in today’s culture, but the present instance is probably startling to at least a few individuals.

You shouldn’t expect it to be anything like the previous entries in the series, but Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation is not a terrible film, and you should see it if you’re interested in the franchise.

You can actually watch the film the same way I did by viewing the movie for free on Tubi. Or you can get the DVD or BluRay on the cheap at Amazon.