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Silent Night (R)

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

Almost 30 years ago, one of the most controversial horror films of all time — the Xmas slasher flick Silent Night, Deadly Night — was released. It's the heartwarming story of a young boy who sees his parents brutally murdered on the side of the road by a derelict Santa and, years later, after being forced to dress as Kris Kringle, snaps and goes on a holiday-themed killing spree. Nowadays, for better or worse, this idea is no longer big news, so what better time to give the classic a slick remake? Silent Night is a real stocking-stuffer for horror fans, taking the basic idea of the original and adding flame-throwers and other delightful methods of terror to the proceedings, plus talents like Jaime King, Malcolm McDowell and Donal Logue. To coincide with this remake's release, Anchor Bay has re-released the original, and its even goofier sequel, on a two-fer disc that also makes a great reason for the season. — Louis Fowler

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Suddenly (NR) (Blu-ray)

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Listen up, ya big galoot! Pipe down and get your grubby mitts on Suddenly, the classic 1954 Frank Sinatra-starring thriller, remastered and restored on Blu-ray. In the sleepy burg of Suddenly, the police are on standby as a telegram informs them that the President is going to pass through town. Meanwhile, psychotic war vet Sinatra and his equally shaky pals invade the home of an archetypical 1950s atomic family (complete with a rapscallious little boy named Pidge) because it's the perfect vantage point for an assassination attempt. Fraught with incredible tension, constant intrigue and a hilarious overuse of 1950s slang and mannerisms, Suddenly is a great thriller right up until the clever conclusion. No character is safe, and the anti-war posturing (and almost anti-gun, until the very end) was a very ballsy move that I'm surprised an anti-pinko like Sinatra would have even approved. But everyone's gotta start somewhere, pallie! — Louis Fowler

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