Eric Freeman (Silent Night, Deadly Night 2) recently uploaded a video to YouTube where he is dressed incognito and claims his name is Damon Michaels. In the video, he says that he recently had lunch with Eric Freeman and learned that Freeman recently completed the script for the “true sequel to Silent Night, Deadly Night” and it’s called Ricky Unhinged. There are a lot of questions posed by this announcement, many of which pertain to securing the rights to the SNDN film franchise. But this is exciting news, nonetheless.
The following text can be seen on the first page of the script in the video below, “This story was written as a natural progression of the character Ricky Caldwell from 1987’s Silent Night, Deadly Night 2. That movie came to a climax with a bloody carnage-laden rampage and the death of Mother Superior and Ricky Caldwell being shot. Twenty five years have elapsed and Caldwell is a patient at Waverly Psychiatric Hospital. He is seemingly normal, but things quickly go awry when a body is found in Caldwell’s room. This script can be a sequel to SNDN 2 or as a standalone movie with no tie-in whatsoever. Obviously, there is a monetary advantage of having a huge built-in fan base from the cult hit movie.”
iHorror spoke with filmmaker Scott Pearlman, who was at the helm of the Finding Freeman Facebook group (which was dedicated to locating Eric Freeman when he appeared to have dropped off the face of the earth) offered the following, “Eric put a lot of care into it creating a very logical and satisfying way for Ricky to return and evolve,” said Pearlman. “It’s not a slasher film per se which may turn hardcore fans off but it truly respects the character and takes him in a different direction while paying homage to what came before. If I had to describe it its like a blend of North By North West and The Fugitive fused with Death Wish and set in the Silent Night, Deadly Night universe. It’s also hyper violent, which is a must have of course.”
Pearlman also notes that the script is “better than it has any right to be.” Pearlman is also currently working on a documentary about Freeman.