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With: Jennifer Runyon, Forrest Swanson, Linda Gentile. William Lauer, Judith Bridges, Kiva Lawrence, West Buchanan, Sam Shamshak, Angela Bath, Denise Stearns, Solomon Trager, Jeff Butts, Bill Martin, Jay Rasumny, Dan Stryker
Written by: Alex Rebar
Directed by: David Hess
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 90
Date: 01/30/1980

To All a Goodnight (1980)

1 Star (out of 4)

Santa Claws

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

To All a Goodnight is a rotten, Christmas-set slasher film that's even worst than most of the movies in this subgenre. It takes place at a girls' finishing school, where several boys arrive for some holiday partying. A killer in a Santa Claus suit starts knocking off fornicating teens, one by one. A nerd learns how to be a man, and the shy, virginal girl (the lovely Jennifer Runyon) becomes the lead. There's a "surprise" twist. Made the same year as Friday the 13th, it has some of the same ideas, but poorly executed. Some of the dialogue scenes in this are either head-scratching or wince-inducing. The movie's big draw is that it was directed by David Hess, who played the evil Krug in Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left. The only other benefit is Ms. Runyon, who went onto bigger roles in Ghostbusters and The Falcon and the Snowman.

Kino Lorber released it on Blu-ray, with interviews with the cast and crew and a trailer.

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