Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out!
Silent Night: Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! is a 1989 straight-to-video horror film. It is the third in the Silent Night, Deadly Night series, and the last in the continuity created by the first film.
A blind psychic girl named Laura attempts to form a mental link with murderer Ricky Caldwell, who is comatose and has had his damaged brain reconstructed inside of a glass container on top of his head. On Christmas Eve, Ricky wakes up and begins pursuing Laura, killing everyone in his way.
Why It Sucks
- The film is incredibly boring, with long stretches of characters just sitting around and doing nothing.
- No-one in the film finds it the least bit strange that Ricky wanders around with his brain exposed inside of a glass casing, outside of one scene where Laura mistakes him for her brother and realizes her mistake when she touches his brain casing. Other than that, he's wearing the brain casing really has no relevance to the storyline.
- Like Part 2, this recycles footage from the first film. While it does so to a lesser extent than the previous sequel, it tries to pass off a scene with Billy from the first film as being one of Ricky's memories, and then shows a scene that actually does feature the young Ricky, but has no context whatsoever.
- Samantha Scully is an absolutely terrible lead actress, and Eric Da Re, who plays her brother, isn't much better.
- Bill Moseley (best known to horror fans as Chop-Top in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) is completely wasted in his role as Ricky and spends most of the film just stumbling around like a zombie and repeating Laura's name. He only gets two actual lines of dialogue, both of which are in dream sequences.
- Nearly all of the kills either take place off-screen or in such dark conditions that it's difficult to tell what's going on.
- Contradicts the ending of the previous film, where Ricky was only lightly wounded and was shot in the chest, not the head.
- Weird incest vibes, with Laura's brother dating and sharing a bath with a woman who looks almost exactly like her.
- The police lieutenant assigned to stop Ricky is an absolute moron who treats Ricky's being on the loose and killing people as not being that big of a deal, spends long monologues talking about his new cellphone, and decides to stop and pee midway through their drive to the cabin where Ricky is, thus being indirectly responsible for every death that takes place towards the end of the movie.
- Ricky's final death happens when he trips over and falls on a sharp stick that Laura is holding; not exactly a satisfying death for a character we've been following for three films (there are two more films in the series, but they have storylines unrelated to the first three).
- The dream sequence that opens the film is genuinely creepy.
- Laura Harring gives a good performance.
- Good soundtrack.
- The film looks a lot more professionally-made than any other film in the series.