Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)

35mm film, colour

An American horror film directed by Theodore Gershuny.

Plot Summary

A psychiatric hospital is closed down after a man is burned to death. The grandson of the dead man, who used to own the building, decides to sell the property but when a serial killer escapes from another institution, he hides out in the building…


Directed by: Theodore Gershuny
© MCMLXXII [1972] Zora Investments Associates
Ami Artzi and Cannon Releasing Corp. in coproduction with Armor Films Inc. present a Cannon production in association with Jeffrey Konvitz Productions. A Cannon release
Produced by: Jeffrey Konvitz, Ami Artzi
Associate Producers: Frank Vitale, Lloyd Kaufman
Screenplay by: Theodore Gershuny, Jeffrey Konvitz, Ira Teller
Based on an Original Story by: Jeffrey Konvitz, Ira Teller
Director of Photography: Adam Giffard
Edited by: Tom Kennedy
Music Composed and Conducted by: Gershon Kingsley
Sound Recorder: Bruce Perlman
Wardrobe: Bill Christians
Make-Up: Pat Pizza
Hairstylist: Neil Barbella
Special Effects: Louis Antzes
Art Director: Henry Shrady
Locations: Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, USA

Patrick O'Neal (John Carter)
James Patterson (Jeffrey Butler)
Mary Woronov (Diane Adams)
Astrid Heeren (Ingrid)
John Carradine (Charlie Towman)
Walter Abel (Mayor Adams)
Fran Stevens (Tess Howard)
Walter Klavun (Sheriff Bill Mason)
Phillip Bruns (Wilfred Butler in 1929)
Staats Cotsworth (voice of Wilfred Butler)
Ondine (chief inmate)
Tally Brown, Lewis Love (inmates)
Candy Darling (guest)
Harvey Cohen, Hetty MacLise (inmates)
Jay Garner (Doctor Robinson)
Donelda Dunne (Marianne Butler age 15)
Charlotte Fairchild (guest)
Michael Pendrey (doctor)
Alex Stevens (burning man)
Barbara Sand (guest)

Alternative Titles

Cicha noc, krwawa noc – Poland
Death House
Haus des Todes – West Germany
Night of the Dark Full Moon – UK
Noche silenciosa, noche sangrienta – Spain
Noite de Sombras, Noite de Sangue – Brazil
Zora – working title

Extracts included in
Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell (1987)
Nightmare Theatre's Late Night Chill-o-Rama Horror Show Vol.1 (1996)



  • Castle of Frankenstein vol.6 no.1 (whole number 21) p.46 – review (Frankenstein at large)
  • Cinefantastique vol.3 no.1 (Autumn 1973) p.35
  • Starburst no.39 (1981) pp.10-11
  • Starburst no.41 (1982) pp.4-5 – letters


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) pp.283-284
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.353
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.295-297 – credits, synopsis, review
  • John Carradine: The Films by Tom Weaver – review
  • by Stephen Thrower pp.500-501; 516 – illustrated credits, review; note
  • by Walt Lee p.439 – credits
  • Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990 by Brian Albright pp.266-267