"Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2"

Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2 (1987) is a strong candidate for worst sequel of all time. The first 40 minutes consists of flashback footage from the first film, with Billy's little brother, now grown and in a hospital for the criminally insane, telling a new shrink his story. They did recycle the best footage from the first film, including most of the nudity, but the narration, and the acting by both little brother and the shrink is abysmal. Finally, 40 minutes in, little brother relates his own killing spree, which was mostly for no apparent reason, and then escapes and heads for mother superior.

We have a left breast from Joane White when she is fending off her boyfriend before little brother does him in, and partial breasts and buns from Elizabeth Cayton as little brother's girlfriend, before he finds out she was naughty before he met her, and he punishes her. The buns do belong to Cayton, as they were revealed in a continuous pan from her head down. IMDB readers have drastically over-rated this at 2.1 of 10. The only use for it is as the Readers Digest condensed version of the first film, for those in a hurry. E.

  • Thumbnails
  • Thumbnails

  • Elizabeth Cayton (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Joanne White (1, 2, 3, 4)


    Silkwood (1983), for those who don't know the story, is a low key thriller with a top notch cast, which includes Meryl Streep in the title role, Cher and Kurt Russell. It is the true account of a young woman, Karen Gay Silkwood, who worked in a Nuclear fuel plant in Oklahoma, who threatened to blow the whistle on dangerous and illegal practices to the New York Times, and who died under mysterious circumstances. Police ruled her death accidental. Herein lies the problem with this film. If you are familiar with the story, you know, in general, what is going to happen, and how it ends, and there is not a lot left to hold your interest.

    On the other hand, Meryl Streep was wonderful in the role, and Cher proved once again that she has a great knack for choosing roles which suite her. I enjoyed this more than many, as the evil management vs, Silkwood vs. apathetic workers vs. union officials is just my sort of controversy. To the films credit, they didn't portray any side as perfect. The film feels as much like a documentary as a drama, and is hence a slow watch for most. Streep shows her left breast flashing a co-worker. She is braless for most of the film, and has several pokies.

    IMDB readers have this at 7.0 of 10. It grossed $35.6M in the US, and was nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Writing and Best editing. Cher won a Golden Globe for supporting actress. Critical response was generally favorable. I enjoy this film immensely, as the themes resonate with me, but it is not especially "theatrical." It is a classic C+, a very well made film that you will enjoy if you like the genre, but slow going for those who don't.

  • Thumbnails

  • Meryl Streep (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)


    • New volume: Emily Lloyd.
    • Updates: Linnea Quigley, Sammi Davis, Brandy Davis, Geena Davis, Kim Dickens, Arielle Dombasle


    WENDIGO (2001):

    This is one of those movies that generated polarized reactions. Part art movie, part supernatural/horror, it didn't please many fans of either, but was very well reviewed by some critics (RT: 61% positive) who appreciated the director's ability to maintain a feeling of dread and fear.

    It starts out as a New York version of Deliverance. An upper middle class  Manhattan couple take their son to a remote cabin in the Catskills for a weekend retreat. Things start out badly when their car strikes a deer, and they run afoul of the hunters who were chasing "their" deer. One of the hunters is testosterone-crazed and gets into some heavy chest-thumping with the father. We basically watch this activity through the eyes of the little kid, who sees a bunch of violent gun-toting men shoot a deer at point blank range (actually a mercy killing), then wave their guns around while shouting at his parents.

    Here's a tip for you youngsters from a native of Upstate New York - if you go up there, always be afraid of white guys named "Otis", unless they are cookie manufacturers. I never met or heard of any such people up there, but if I did meet one, I'd know enough to give that mofo some elbow room, especially if he was mad at me and was carrying both a rifle and a handgun, because that sucker would be mighty ornery, being so far from the Confederacy and all.

    The next major development in the film occurs in the small town near their rental house, where the little kid is handed a carved totem by a mysterious Native American, only to have his mother find out that the mysterious stranger was not really there at all, and that her son was probably making up a story to get the "toy". Or was he? Before vanishing, the non-existent stranger told the boy that the totem represented the Wendigo, a mysterious, powerful, shape-shifting spirit who could kill men and take their souls.

    Yeah, whatever.

    I think the maintenance of tension is excellent because the director stayed inside the little kid's POV, and underscored the boy's fear with an effective, mysterious score which blends elements of classical music and Native American rhythms. Fair enough.

    The film also had some problems:

    One genuine problem. I laughed when I saw the actual Wendigo, and I couldn't have been the only one laughing. It may be a shape-shifter, but the only form it seemed to take here was that of a giant reindeer that walks on his hind legs. In fact, it looks exactly like the famous hoax animal, the Jackalope, aka The Warrior Rabbit. Let's face it, how scary can a reindeer be? They are herbiverous ruminants - basically cows, albeit prettier and more agile - so they present more danger to your flowers than they do to your family.

    "Look out Marge, I think it's going to graze"

    I grew up right next to a deer preserve, and the animals are sometimes nuisances because they get into gardens at night, and they can't distinguish between open space and glass, so every once in a while a big 'un tries to run into somebody's sliding glass door or greenhouse. Saddest of all, they sometimes run into a road, as the deer did in this film, thus endangering themselves and the motorists. But they aren't very scary, and they won't attack with their teeth no matter how hungry or frightened they are. They are herbivores. I guess Manhattanites could find one scary, but I can't imagine why. There is nothing more peaceful or pastoral than to see a family of deer wandering around the back yard on a snowy morning.

    Anyway, I guess the all-wise Indian spirit wasn't quite as tight with nature as it was made out to be. If it had a freakin' clue about nature in Upstate New York, it would have taken the form of a big, riled, starving, female bear ransacking a trash can and protecting her cubs. Now those mofos are scary.

    Rudolph the freakin' red nosed reindeer, on the other hand, is about as scary as Freddie and the Dreamers.

    OK, maybe that was a bad example.

    If SCTV was still on, Mrs Prickly would book this movie for Monster Chiller Horror Theater, and Count Floyd would have to bullshit the kids into thinking reindeer are scary. "Look, kids, did you see those pointy antlers? Arooooooooooooooooooo!"

    Here's another tip for you youngsters. If you make a movie like Jurassic Park, feel free to make a special feature on the DVD in which you explain how the special effects were created. On the other hand, if you make a film where the supernatural creature looks like a guy with limp wrists wearing a reindeer head with a goofy smile, don't create a 30 minute documentary explaining how you did it. (Gee, let me guess, you had a guy wear a reindeer head? Yup, sure enough.) Also, you might want to leave out the original artist's conceptions of the monster if they are, in fact, even sillier and less scary than the actual representation in the movie.

    Problem 2 - this one is not a problem in my estimation, but was a major irritant to many people who watched the movie. The finale was a complete downer, felt incomplete, and was one of those endings which leaves people feeling "what the ....?" To tell you the truth, I liked it. It ended like an art film, not like a horror movie, but that was OK. The entire film was about maintaining a certain tone, and the film's ending capped that off perfectly. It did leave some things unsaid and unexplained, but sometimes mystery is better left mysterious, and I was OK with that, because it was handled artfully. The one thing I simply didn't understand was an extra scene after the credits started rolling. As you can guess from what I have already said,  most people were wondering if the movie was really over. The credits started to roll over black space, and then there was a very brief intercut of a truck being towed, a scene which may or may not have explained something earlier. This seemed to promise more footage. No such thing. The towing scene was just hanging there on its own, and the rest of the credits rolled uninterrupted. Was that just a trick to force people to watch the credits?

    I don't know.

    But I do know this, Babs. It'd behoove ya ta check yer uvula.

    Oh, yeah, and it would have been better not to show the actual creature. It was more powerful in the imagination.

    • Patricia Clarkson. (1, 2, 3) After years of working in relative obscurity, the Yale graduate from N'awlins, with the compassionate eyes and distinctive croaking voice, seems to be on the cusp of stardom at age 43. She was in four films at Sundance, and I wrote that she might even get an Oscar nod if people with the power to grant such things saw Pieces of April.




    What is the deal on Stephanie McMahon's breasts? Has she gotten them enlarged again? They looked absolutely monstrous on Smackdown (1, 2)






    Other crap archives. May also include newer material than the ones above, since it's sorta in real time.

    Click here to submit a URL for inclusion in Other Crap






    Here are the latest movie reviews available at

    • The yellow asterisks indicate that I wrote the review, and am deluded into thinking it includes humor.
    • If there is a white asterisk, it means that there isn't any significant humor, but I inexplicably determined there might be something else of interest.
    • A blue asterisk indicates the review is written by Tuna (or Lawdog or Junior or C2000 or Realist or ICMS or Mick Locke, or somebody else besides me)
    • If there is no asterisk, I wrote it, but am too ashamed to admit it.

    'Caps and comments by Brainscan:

    A whole mess o' paparazzi edits.

    'Caps and comments by Dann:

    "Gas Food Lodging"
    Ione Skye gets topless in this well-done 1992 story of a mother and two teen-age daughters trying to get by and get along. Ione plays the hell-raising-always-in-shit daughter while Fairuza Balk plays the basically-a-good-kid daughter. Well acted and interesting, but the nude scene is dark and grainy, so the collage isn't as good as I'd like, but it was still worth doing.

    Arielle Dombasle The American born star of French cinema topless in scenes from the 1983 movie "Pauline à la plage" aka "Pauline at the Beach".

    Denise Virieux Breasts and bum in scenes from "Einsatz Mord - Kommissarin Fleming und der Mord vor der Kamera" (2002).

    Emmanuelle Béart The French actress probably best known to US audiences from the first "Mission: Impossible" movie bares breasts, bush and partial bum views in 1988's "À gauche en sortant de l'ascenseur" aka "Door on the Left as You Leave the Elevator".

    Solveig Dommartin Topless in "Until the End of the World" (1991).

    Dominique Sanda Full frontal nudity in scenes from the 1976 Bernardo Bertolucci movie, "1900".

    Marg Helgenberger
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    For all the youngsters out there, here is proof that older women can be hot and sexy too! Here is the 45 year old Helgenberger wearing a tight tank top and showing off some lovely cleavage on Thursday night's episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation".

    Lucy Liu
    Molly Sims

    Excellent 'caps by The Rock featuring both ladies showing leg and some cleavage during recent appearances on Leno.

    Chloe Webb
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

    Señor Skin 'caps of Webb topless in scenes from her big screen debut, "Sid and Nancy" (1986). The biopic about Sid Vicious of the punk band, The Sex Pistols.

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    Bill Clinton Does More Groping Before 9 A.M.! - Following accusations in the L.A. Times that he groped the breasts and buttocks of six women over a 20-year period, Arnold Schwarzenegger said much of the story was lies. But he apologized if he offended anyone with things he'd done on "rowdy" movie sets, which he "thought then were playful."

  • If women in Hollywood don't want you playing with their breasts, then why do they buy the extra-large size?
  • On most movie sets, they grope six women in 20 minutes...And that's just for the cameras.
  • Any other Hollywood actor who's only groped six women in 20 years would have to deny rumors that he's gay.

    NOTE! Since the L.A. Times is pushing a three-year-old Premiere magazine story as news, it's only fair that we pull out the three-year-old rebuttal from the archives.

    Click here to read the rebuttal

    Sucky Idea - Campaigners against genetically-modified foods in New Zealand protested modified milk by putting up billboards showing a naked woman with four breasts being milked. They said the model had gone into hiding in case people really thought she had four breasts, and the idea was to disturb and revolt people.

  • Except so far, they've had 10,000 requests for posters of it.
  • Mothers of quadruplets think it's GREAT!
  • And the hands milking her? Arnold Schwarzenegger's...

    Covering Her Ass - Kylie Minogue told Q magazine that she was shooting the cover of her new CD at a swimming pool in a skimpy bathing suit when her shoot was interrupted by paparazzi. They were so intent on getting a photo of her butt, she had to get six minders to surround her with boards to block the view. She then had to put on a sarong and shimmy backwards into the water. She said, "You have no idea the lengths we went to not to show my derriere."

  • " anyone who wasn't paying to see it."
  • Why? It's not like we all haven't seen it a thousand times.
  • It hadn't been freshly waxed.
  • Why doesn't she skip recording the CD and just sell the cover?
  • She needs six flunkies just to obstruct the view of her butt... That sounds like a lot, but J-Lo has 35.