Silent Night, Deadly Night 3 (1989)


What in the world?   Gone is all the trashy humor from the first two movies in exchange for a moody piece that bores us to tears and practically kill Bill Mosley’s career!  Proving true the curse of 3’s (any genre film with the number 3 behind it is terrible)  this is absolutely terrible — so much so that I couldn’t even make it through the film drunk.  So Ricky Caldwell is no longer the over acting douche bag from the first film, he’s Bill Moseley now.   And the film is directed by cult director Monte Hellman and even with that epicness we are stuck with a boring film very indicative of the worst trends during the VHS era.

Some girl was in a plane crash with her parents and surivived and just like in real life, she is blind and a psychic.   A dirt bag doctor is using her to communicate with the comatose Ricky Caldwell who is in a coma after having being shot at the end of the events in part 2.   I quite liked Ricky in part 2 when I was in sixth grade, he was an overacting smart ass and I cheered him on as he went on his blood quest for revenge against that abusive Mother Superior.  This film ignores his revenge quest entirely as he is awakened out of his coma by the blind psychic chick  during the opening of the movie.  The whole prologue is supposed to feel like a dream sequence but unfortunately it’s really boring and stupid.  She goes from being chased by Ricky Caldwell to sitting in Santa’s lap asking for presents.  He responds by pulling out a knife and stabbing her to death, as we all would because she is annoying.


The rest of the film is about Ricky’s awakening and tracking down of the blind chick as she goes to her grandma’s house for Christmas with her brother and his girlfriend (Laura Herring, who is used to her best affect in a nude bathtub scene that David Lynch rendered invalid in Mulhollhand Dr.) .  So Ricky in this one has a bowl over his exposed brain in this one and looks ridiculously silly.  After his inspired performance in Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2, Bill Mosley is stuck in this role as a mute killer who looks silly and it’s no wonder it took him almost 20 years to get his career back on track.

The rest of the film is really boring as nothing really happens.  Even as a kid, I didn’t like this movie and watching it drunk decades later changed nothing.  You have boring scenes where the doctor who is trying to study Ricky is in a car with a police officer talking about nothing and scenes were the heroine of the film comes across as a bitter bitch as she accuses her brother’s girlfriend of being a whore.  She seems jealous.

But the bathtub scene is nice.




  1. Lol…great review.

  2. The first of these has been on my list for awhile – good to know the 2nd is worth a watch but not the third. Good review!

    • Part 3 is on if you wanna watch it through part 5.

    • Thank you! It is on fright if you wanna give it a a gp.

    • And oh, the second one… has to be seen to be believed. Please let me know when you’ve watched it. It’s brilliantly awful. They weren’t even trying to make a good movie.

      The first SNDN is being re-released all around the country this week, so you may be able to catch that one there.

      • Lol, will def let you know! It’s a snow day today so I may just watch movies all day while I work. Have to watch a screener I just got first though. 🙂

      • Yeah I was snowed in when I did this review. I’m almost recovered. Hope you have a nice day!

  3. I did not even know they made three of these. Nice review though.

    • There are FIVE of them! Four and Five have nothing to do with the rest of them, though Ricky does make an appearance in part 4, but he’s Clint Howard this time. Reviews will be forth-coming!

      • I know little about this series apart from watching the “Garbage day!” clip a bunch of times. Even without context that’s one of the funniest bad movie clips on YouTube.

      • So you’ve never seen the first one?!

      • I saw part of it, I’m sure. That’s the one where the kid whose parents are murdered grows up and works in the toy store, right?

      • Yes! That’s the one!

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