With the holidays approaching, it must be time for a killer Santa Claus movie.
What would November be without a new video installment in the "Silent Night, Deadly Night" series?
The first of these seasonal thrillers caused an uproar in theaters in the mid-1980s, but the series has since found a welcoming home on cassette. "Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker," released earlier this month, even boasts Mickey Rooney as part of its cast. This one's about toys that come alive to torment a lone mute boy during the holidays. The tagline is "He's Home . . . But He's Not Alone."
Three more horror sequels are bypassing theaters and headed for tape this month. "Scanners II: The New Order," a Canadian follow-up to David Cronenberg's 1981 thriller, was due in stores Thursday. "It's not Cronenberg but it's not bad," wrote Variety's critic, who called it "a first-class imitation of the mind-blowing original."