R | | Horror, Thriller
Little Billy witness his parents getting killed by Santa after being warned by his senile grandpa that Santa punishes those who are naughty. Now Billy is 18, and out of the orphanage, and he has just become Santa, himself.
Due to the use of the killer Santa theme in earlier films, the producers were not expecting this aspect of the film to be controversial. They were however expecting for the film's portrayal of the Catholic Church to be controversial. Perhaps wanting to play up this angle, the film opened first in the heavily Catholic Midwest and Northeast, rather than the more Protestant West or South.
If this is some kind of joke, I'm gonna kill her.
(at around 8 mins) The convenience store that is held up by the man in the Santa suite isn't modified from its 1984 look at all to fit the look of a store from 1971 when this part of the film takes place. This is most noticed when reading the price signs, which advertise prices that are too high for the time period. The poster in the doorway advertises a 6 pack of Pepsi cans for $1.99, which is over three times more then it would have been in 1971, and the sign above the check out counter advertises $1.00 ice bags. Also the Visa and MasterCard logo stickers in the windows have the 1980's logo, MasterCard was "Master Charge" until 1979 and Visa was "BankAmericard" until 1976.
The Anchor Bay DVD and Blu-ray releases splices in the gore footage with the theatrical print making it the most complete version containing all of the gore and nudity.
$1,432,800 11 November 1984
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