Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is the 1987 sequel to the 1984 slasher movie Silent Night, Deadly Night.
The sequel picks up on Christmas Eve
some years after the first one, with the 18 year-old brother of the killer in the first movie, Ricky (Eric Freeman
), being held in a mental hospital
, awaiting trial for a series of murders he committed. While being interviewed by psychiatrist Dr. Bloom, Ricky tells the story of the murders his brother Billy committed through a series of several flashbacks
that use footage from the original film.
After this is done, Ricky tells his own story. After Billy's death, he was adopted and given a good upbringing, but his trauma was never treated. After his foster father's death, Ricky seems to lose composure and commits a series of random murders, targeting people who are "naughty". A chance for a happy and normal life seems to materialize when he starts dating Jennifer (Elizabeth Kaitan). However, an unpleasant encounter with Jennifer's ex-boyfriend Chip sends Ricky over the edge. He kills them both and goes on a shooting spree through a suburban neighborhood before being captured by the police.
Cutting back to the present day, Ricky kills Dr. Bloom and escapes from the mental hospital. His plan is to kill the now wheelchair-bound Mother Superior, who he blames for Billy's death. After a chase through her house, he succeeds at this. The cops arrive and gun Ricky down, but the last shot of the movie shows he's still alive...
Due to the excessive use of flashbacks, the film was nearly universally panned by critics. However, the film does have an audience with some slasher fans, and has gained a following as an unintentional comedy due to Freeman's over-the-top performance.
On the film’s DVD commentary, the filmmakers say they were paid a dismal amount of money to make the film. Originally, they say they were told to re-edit the first film and pass it off as a sequel. The director said he insisted that a new movie be shot, though he did not have the budget to create an entirely new story.
The film is available on the DVD Double Gift Pack from Anchor Bay Entertainment, along with the original Silent Night, Deadly Night, but was discontinued due to copyright problems.
A scene where Ricky yells "Garbage day!" before he shoots a man taking out the garbage has become a popular Internet meme
. Video parodies include replacing 'garbage day' with other important 'days' such as St. Patricks Day
, Talk Like a Pirate Day
, Judgment Day
or Opposite Day
. One such film includes many different ideas suggested by the killer, only to have them rebuked by the victim, telling him how his methods aren't original enough.