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  • Writer's pictureAbby Brenker

Haunting Holiday Horror: Silent Night (2021) Review

Written and directed by Camille Griffin, "Silent Night" (2021) stands out as one of the most haunting holiday movies in recent memory, particularly for someone with a fondness for the genre of holiday horror.


Featuring Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode, the film, while grappling with a slow and meandering pace throughout, manages to redeem itself with a riveting final act that leaves a lasting impact.


One notable aspect of the film is its tonal ambiguity, as it fluctuates between genres, initially leaving the viewer in a state of confusion.

A family sits at a holiday dinner

The film suffers from its slow and meandering pace, however its final act makes up for the rest. The tone of the film is all over the place, which actually confused me for a while. I was just about to turn off the TV and accept the fact that I accidentally watched a drama, when the horror element started to rear its ugly head. And it’s quite ugly and upsetting.


In certain respects, "Silent Night" shares similarities with "Leave The World Behind" (2023), not only in terms of its deliberate pace but also in its overarching narrative structure. The film's terrifying concept lingers, creating an unsettling atmosphere that resonates long after the credits roll.

Three people look alarmed

Interestingly, amidst the emotionally charged scenes, there are moments of levity that elicit laughter—a nuanced touch that adds depth to the overall viewing experience. The film's ability to balance these contrasting emotions speaks to its complexity and provides a welcome respite in what could otherwise be an overwhelmingly heavy narrative.


Ultimately, "Silent Night" (2021) shines brightest in its concept, presenting a premise that is bound to leave a lasting impression on the audience. While it demands patience and a willingness to navigate a slower pace, the film's unique blend of horror and emotional depth makes it a worthwhile watch for those who appreciate thought-provoking cinema that lingers in the mind long after the final scene unfolds.

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