Last Christmas, I being the giant Silent Night, Deadly Night fan that I am, went above and beyond the call of duty to buy myself the Silent Night, Deadly Night box set, that was released on December 1st 2009. Now I consider the original Silent Night, Deadly Night to be one of my all-time favorite horror films period. I love it, absolutely love it! As for the rest? Well, that's a little hit and miss.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 has it's moment (Garbage Day!!) it left a lot to be desired. I think Silent Night, Dead Night 3 and Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 are both pretty damn horrible. But lost within the franchise and in the three movie box set, was Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker! A film that is bad BUT enjoyable in some very weird and fascinating way.
Written by Martin Kitrosser, who also wrote what I liked to call one of the worse Friday the 13th films ever made in Friday the 13th part III, Martin directed the 5th and final installment of Silent Night, Deadly Night, that like 4 went into a none slasher direction, but unlike part 4 made a whole lot more sense and wasn't just outright horrible. Now don't get me wrong, it's bad, it's pretty damn bad, but it's in that "so bad it's good" way that is rare to find. I mean who would think a movie that deals with an old toy maker (played by Mickey f'n Rooney) and his *ahem* "son" who hatch an evil plan to make toys that will kill their child owners and maybe even their whole family if they get lucky could be good? But damn it, it's good! Well..it's soo bad it's good!
The 90's horror scene was a real shit-hole to say the least, and while I'm sure this movie was looked over then as it is still now, time hasn't been that bad to it. While nowhere near the level of the original, part 5 makes it's own little spot in the list of Christmas horror films, and is hands down the best film in the whole franchise besides part 1 (not that that's saying a whole lot). While being a little on the silly side, the plot still keeps you interested, there's a lot of funny moments (intentional or not), and the effects aren't that bad. So if you've never given Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker a fair shot, or haven't seen it before or recently, I say track it down and give it a watch. You might just be surprised with what you see.