One of the most controversial horror films of the 1980's was 'Silent Night, Deadly Night' (1984) because it offended parents who didn't like seeing Santa Claus as a murderer. Even the PTA protested the film, and critics near-universally panned it. It will be interesting to see if there will be any uproar for the just-announced remake, now called 'Silent Night.'

The original movie isn't very good, but it's an easily sold premise, which explains why the first film generated four sequels even if it was pulled from theaters due to the protests. The new film is being handled by Anchor Bay Entertainment, and has Steven C. Miller ('The Aggression Scale') as the director and Malcolm McDowell as the star, or says Variety. Alas, it does not appear that McDowell will be the killer Claus, but the sheriff of the town. Would it surprise you the film is targeting a holiday season release?

The picture above is from the second film, which may be most famous for the clip that's posted bellow. On some level it's a surprise that it took this long for this franchise to be remade, considering that it's one of the more memorably titled slasher films of the 1980's, and - considering the quality of the original - how hard it would be to make a worse film.