Watched this for the first time last night, and I'm surprised it really hasn't been discussed here. Quite a good little slasher, which has the distinction of being done by one of the independent greats from the sixties and seventies, Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop, The Shooting, Ride the Whirlwind). The film is set apart from most slashers because of that old school sensibility - Hellman finds a few great moments with his older detective throughout, particularly in the detached, even nostalgic, ending. Hellman still throws in plenty of effective horror set pieces too, notably a surreal start in a Caligari-esque white building. Laura Harring gives an early performance (somebody bought those boobs you see in Mulholland Dr.) and Bill Moseley is wonderfully understated (a rarity, certainly) as the revived Ricky. The plot was interesting in that it continued on the story from the first two films, but instead of just retreading the same ground, infused it with quite a bit of loss and regret. Moseley is definitely one of the most bizarre killers in slasher lore, basically a vegetable throughout, even sporting an exposed brain. There are quite a few jabs at the government, always questioning why a.) they'd revive such a threat to society and b.) whether such a revival could even be considered life. Classic Hellman stuff! The Terror is featured on television, serving as commentary throughout. Hellman worked with Jack Nicholson in the sixties, so this was a nice little homage as well as a throwback to the kind of moviemaking Hellman does best. It's been awhile since I've seen a good slasher, and I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this, but the film definitely delivered. It's too bad the other two Silent Night, Deadly Night sequels didn't pick-up where this one eerily left off. Anyone else see it? Oh, and most random use of the quote "Is it live, or is it Memorex?" ever.