Charlies E. Sellier Jr., the director of the 1984 slasher film Silent Night, Deadly Night, died in his Idaho home this past Monday. He was 67.
Silent Night, Deadly Night is Sellier’s one credit in the Horror genre and we’re fortunate that he put his talents into this cult favorite. At the time, Silent Night, Deadly Night was one of the more controversial horror movies depicting killers dressed as Santa Claus. Though not the first Christmas horror nor the first movie to show Santa as a murderer, this movie was the center of controversy because it was set for wide distribution during the holidays.
In stark contrast, Sellier is more well-known for the creation of the character, Grizzly Adams, and his later career was focused on the Christian media industry.
May he rest in peace.