Saturday, October 13, 2012

Stupid Night, Dumb Night Fore!: "Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation" (1990)

There is no connection between this film and the first three in the series, but that is not an automatic positive.

This straightforward, gruesome story has a cute plucky reporter with boyfriend troubles investigating the mysterious death of a woman, and getting caught up in a witches' coven led by Maud Adams, eons from "Octopussy."

The lead actress is easy on these tired eyes, Clint Howard plays the same nutjob role he always gets outside of his brother's films, and the movie keeps a tight pace. But take away the "Part 4" from the title, and this is just another straight to video gorefest that was not good enough to get wide release in the theaters first. Sure, the gore involving giant bugs is good, but there is nothing really special here.

That said, "Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation" is severed head and shoulders above the first three entries in the series, but it still sucks. (*) out of five stars.