Here’s a situation that we can imagine happening with a lot of folks this holiday season: It’s been a full two years since your last celebration with your extended family. Normally you’d be annoyed and stressed out, but the general sadness of 2020 has made you more appreciative of everything about the holidays, and you find yourself missing the little things, like your uncle’s laugh or your nephew’s over-enthusiastic exposition babble about Star Wars characters or the sweet, sweet smell of sweet potato casserole in the oven. So, you gear up to go, and 15 minutes into this supposedly peaceful gathering of loved ones, a shouting match breaks out over whether or not Big Bird is a communist. The ham goes flying, the turkey is burned, and you find yourself bummed and mad all over again. Well, Silent Night, a horror-comedy about the end of the world encroaching on a family-and-friends Christmas dinner party, might be just what the doctor ordered. RLJE and AMC dropped the trailer for the film earlier on Wednesday, and we think it’ll put you in the holiday spirit. Or at least the one you had in 2019.
Here’s a synopsis, though you could just go back and read our review from TIFF, which we ran back in September:
“Nell and Simon have invited their closest friends to join their family for Christmas dinner at their idyllic home in the English countryside. As the group comes together, it feels like old times – but behind all of the laughter and merriment, something is not quite right. The world outside is facing impending doom, and no amount of gifts, games or Prosecco can make mankind’s imminent destruction go away. Surviving the holidays just got a lot more complicated.”
Silent Night arrives in theaters and on something called AMC+ on December 3. Honestly, we weren’t aware that AMC even had a streaming service that wasn’t named “Shudder,” but, hey, you learn something new every day. Is that the only place you can stream Turn: Washington’s Spies or Hell on Wheels? Or, God forbid, is their killer app new seasons of Low Winter Sun?