To All a Goodnight (1980) - Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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A group of teenagers at a party find themselves being stalked by a maniacal killer in a Santa Claus costume.

IMDB: 4.7
Director: David Hess
Stars: Jennifer Runyon, Forrest Swanson
Length: 87 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 11 out of 41 found boring (26.82%)

One-line Reviews (25)

I don't know why Mr. Hess suddenly thought it would be a good idea to contribute something to the genre as a director, especially because his "To All a Goodnight" is extremely formulaic, dull and forgettable.

One of the main issues here is the fact that the film is just unbelievably slow and doesn't really offer up much of an enjoyable pace here, content merely to cruise along without really getting much of anything going.

The murder scenes are very unconvincing for some reason and it is very boring.

Ho-Ho-Hum .

All in all i'd say Fairly enjoyable slasher which gets a bit too slow at many times.

"To All a Goodnight" holds quite a bit of cult-value, but that's almost solely linked to the fact that it is the one and only film directed by David Hess; the legendary infamous lead actor of exploitation classics such as "Autostop Rosso Sangre", "House on the Edge of the Park" and – particularly – "Last House on the Left".

Bill Godsey's bland cinematography and the wonky synthesizer score both leave something to be desired.

A group of finishing school girls remain on campus for the Christmas holiday and join together for festivities at their nearly-empty school.

Overall, it's an entertaining and woefully underrated slasher film that needs to see a resurrection on DVD.

Many scenes are dark which makes me want to go to sleep, the characters are unlikable, except for the main girl, Nancy (Jennifer Runyon), the editing stinks and the ending is kind of predictable and ridiculous.

It was the first slasher movie to include a Santa-suited psycho, before Silent Night-Deadly Night, Psycho Santa and Christmas Season Massacre made the costume a slasher cliché.

Another reason is a FANTASTIC chase scene between the killer and Nancy (Who is cute and likable as the final girl), which is fast-paced and exciting to watch.

This doesn't go on too long, and tends to alternate between being dull and being uproarious.

This early post Halloween slash fest is intriguing and collectible for two significant reasons.

The film suffers from a lack of pacing, pretty sluggish and slow in many places with a continuous repetition of the Are We Safe in the House or What?

Despite how admittedly terrible the film is, it's B-Movie charm makes it worth watching.

Bland, unimpressive killer Santa effort .


"To All A Goodnight" isn't a bad movie, it may be weak and slow in parts but it's still highly enjoyable and it follows the slasher formula quite well.

Too bad that "To All a Goodnight" is such a bore.

"To All a Good Night" is directed by David Hess-the star of "Last House on the Left" and "House on the Edge of the Park".

This movie does have a lot of gore and a high body count, but it can get a bit dull at times.

Plenty of contrived instances make there way in and there's one scene that paints it perfectly.

The gore is OK but apart from that it is rather dull.

Still, beyond this the film's main detrimental strike comes from the majority of the actual horror factors involved not really being of much interest here, from bland and wholly un-suspenseful stalking scenes to bland kills that don't offer up much of any blood or gore and never really lets itself play with the supposedly-chilling idea of a killer loose in a dorm-room house the way this one could've as this one just goes about in a round- about way of getting to the carnage.