Reported by Deadline, the cult classic, yet controversial holiday horror 'Silent Night, Deadly Night' is set to get a reboot by Orwo Studios and Black Hanger Studios’. This is the same team who recently sold their 'Jeepers Creepers: Reborn' to Screen Media for world rights.
Silent Night, Deadly Night tells the story of a child who is traumatized after seeing his parents killed by a man dressed as Santa Claus. Years later, he dons a Santa suit himself and gets bloody revenge. The movie spawned multiple sequels over the years and a loose remake in 2012.
The cult film was among the more controversial films of the 80’s due to its graphic violence and advertising campaign, particularly its posters and TV spots, that made significant emphasis on the killer being dressed as Santa. “You’ve made it through Halloween, now try and survive Christmas”, was the poster’s tagline.
The National Parent & Teacher Association fought to have the film removed from theaters and there were protests against the ‘Christmas movie’. Critics Siskel and Ebert were among many to condemn the film and Siskel went as far as to read names of the production crew on air, telling them, “Shame on you”.
In response, TriStar pulled all ads for the film six days after its release and the film itself was withdrawn shortly after.
Despite — or perhaps thanks to — the drama, the film opened well, outgrossing Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street, which opened on the same day. Before being pulled from theaters, the film took more than $2.4M (three times its budget) in 10 days.
The original film’s producers Scott Schneid and Dennis Whitehead of Wonderwheel Entertainment are also aboard with a planned delivery date in 2022.