Talk about a bad Santa. In the mechanically effective horror thriller "Silent Night," said to be "loosely based" on 1984's apparently reboot-worthy "Silent Night, Deadly Night," a psycho in a creepy St. Nick costume goes on a murderous Christmas Eve rampage in small town Cryer, Wisc.
The movie's intended audience will likely be satisfied by its parade of gory mayhem, cheap thrills and groan-worthy dark humor. Everyone else: You're on your own.
The logic-challenged story finds Cryer's earnest deputy sheriff, Aubrey Bradimore (Jaime King), in the midst of a mounting body count as sinners, saints and anyone in between land at the wrong end of Santa's weapon of choice (ax, flamethrower, stuffed moose head, you name it; a grisly wood chipper scene rivals the one from "Fargo").
Unfortunately, Aubrey, who's tentative and haunted by past events, may not be up to going toe-to-toe with the various Santa-suited suspects — some of whom are crazy angry — hanging around town for the annual holiday parade.