Hoping to have a holiday-themed zombie movie, Jeff purchased the DVD of Silent Night, Zombie Night. Perhaps zombies can be defeated by Christmas spirit? The best way to dispel zombie fear is singing loud for all to hear!
But sadly, if you’re hoping for some Christmas magic from Silent Night, Zombie Night, you will be disappointed. It’s like they came up with the title first and then threw in some decorations in the background to justify the name. There’s the inevitable fat mall Santa zombie, but that’s as close as we get to Tis the Season. Jeff put it best: SNZN is a Christmas movie the way Die Hard is a Christmas movie. It doesn’t help matters that the action takes place in LA, where there is no snow or any wintery effects to remind us Northeasterners more of December.
This is another sad case where most of the money was spent on creating a deceiving cover! It’s very well done with the names of actors splashed across the top. We don’t recognize the names but it’s still a pro-looking job. Found out later that those names aren’t even the main characters shown on the box but rather, people who show up in the second half in supporting roles. So weird. Also, there’s a praise quote that says something like “Better than Zombieland!!!!” Which is of course a red flag that means it is definitely not better. Man, as a youth did I learn that trick the hard way when Very Bad Things was advertised as “better than There’s Something About Mary!” and it turned out to be a rather disturbing drama that was played and directed as a sociopathic comedy.
Anyway, the performances and zombie rules vary greatly. Five minutes in and one guy is waaaayyyy too sure of the way the game is played for a supposedly new apocalyptic phenomenon and his friend’s foot pays a heavy price for that overconfidence. This guy also has a sleazy kind of charm but the movie falls flat whenever the music swells loudly and the characters try to have moments. The center of the human drama is supposed to be a love triangle, but it seems like a stupid thing to be dealing with when there are ravenous zombies everywhere. Most of these people would benefit from a good slap and a reality check.
The ending is terrible. The all-important menfolk are left to their fates and we’re down to following the two women. Boring! Roll credits. Who cares what happens to them? We’re out of money so everything must be dropped RIGHT NOW, including the plot!
Silent Night, Zombie night fails as a Christmas movie. It fails as a horror comedy. And this review definitely sounds like I hated it, but…I didn’t. It’s actually a passable zombie flick compared to most of the other home video crap that’s out there and the bad parts aren’t so bad to make you want to shut it off. It’s decent enough for what it is. Just don’t expect anything to do with Christmas. Grade: B-