The Genre Company and Inferno’s Ember Productions will produce, with Anchor Bay distributing the film in the US. Jayson Rothwell’s script follows a local police department’s search for the killer Santa Claus terrorizing a remote Midwestern town on Christmas Eve. McDowell will play Sheriff Cooper, a small-town hero ready for some big-time action.
A product of the 1980s, where the only question was what would the killer be wearing in a series of interchangeable slashers, the original spawned four sequels, one of which starred Mickey Rooney. That first film was about an orphan boy who went on a killing spree due to his traumatic association between Christmas/Santa and murder/rape.
Long-time followers of the ‘Bits, will know this is one of our favourite “bad movies” ever. Many have also claimed that the film is incredibly mean-spirited, and at least some of that accusation is justified, as the film was trying to be shocking and offensive. The only thing better is the eye-brow work in Silent Night, Deadly Night 2.
We will be watching this story unfold closely.