TO ALL A GOODNIGHT (1980)
Article 3988 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by David Hess
Featuring Jennifer Runyon, Forrest Swanson, Linda Gentile
What it is: Santa slasher
Two years ago, a girl fell to her death during Christmas vacation due to a sorority prank gone wrong. Now someone in a Santa suit is knocking off the girls one by one.
Director David Hess is most well known for having played Krug, the main murderer in THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT. I hope you find the little tidbit of news interesting, because it’s far and away the most interesting thing about this movie. It’s the slasher movie at its most formulaic; teens are killed off (usually right after having sex) one by one in various ways by a killer in a Santa Claus outfit. The movie makes no use of the Santa Claus gimmick, the murders are poorly staged, the dialogue suffers from a short attention span and a tiresome need to state the obvious and repeat previous statements, and the killer is glaringly obvious. The only point for creativity it gets is for ditching one of the most obvious slasher cliches for a new twist, though in truth, it does this so clumsily that it loses the point it just gained. Quite frankly, this is for slasher completists only.