The sequel picks up on Christmas Eve some years after the first movie, with Ricky Caldwell, the 18-year-old brother of the first film's killer, now being held in a mental hospital, awaiting trial for a series of murders that he committed. While being interviewed by the psychiatrist Dr. Henry Bloom, Ricky tells the story of the murders his brother Billy committed throughout a series of several flashbacks using footage from the original film. These flashbacks have new shots to make Ricky appear in more of Billy's original story.
After this, Ricky tells his own story: after Billy's death, he was adopted and given a good upbringing, but his trauma was never treated. After his foster father's death, Ricky loses his composure and commits a series of random murders, targeting people who are "naughty". A chance for a normal life seems to appear when he starts dating Jennifer Statson, but an unpleasant encounter with Jennifer's ex-boyfriend Chip sends Ricky over the edge. He kills Chip by electrocuting him with jumper cables that are attached to a car, while Jennifer watches. He then uses the antenna of the car to strangle Jennifer to death. A security guard sees this and as Ricky is about to get arrested, he grabs the guard's gun, shoots him in the forehead, and goes on a shooting spree, killing at least 3 people throughout a suburban neighborhood. He gets into a stand-off, where he tries and fails to commit suicide before getting arrested by the police.
Cutting back to the present day, Ricky kills Dr. Bloom and escapes from the mental hospital, murdering a Salvation Army Santa and stealing the man's costume. Ricky plans a mission to accomplish what Billy failed to do which is kill Mother Superior. After chasing Mother Superior throughout her house, Ricky succeeds in decapitating her. The police arrive and gun him down afterwards. Sister Mary wakes up, and the police officer tells her, "He's gone, Sister. It's over." Then, she turns over and sees Mother Superior's severed head, before screaming in terror. Ricky, who had been shot by the cops, suddenly opens his eyes and smiles devilishly, indicating that he had survived his gunshot wounds. The final shot shows Billy's arm dressed in a Santa suit plunging a knife into the screen, before it freezes and the credits roll.Eric Freeman as Richard "Ricky" Caldwell
Darrel Guilbeau as Ricky at 15
Brian Michael Henley as Ricky at 10
James L. Newman as Doctor Henry Bloom
Elizabeth Kaitan as Jennifer Statson
Lilyan Chauvin (archive footage) / Jean Miller as Mother Superior
Corrine Gelfan as Martha Rosenberg
Michael Combatti as Morty Rosenberg
Jill K. Allen as Mrs. Rosenberg's Friend
Ken Weichert as Chip
Ron Moriarty as Detective
Frank Novak as Rocco the Loan Shark
Randall Boffman as Eddie
Joanne White as Paula
Lenny Rose as Loser
Nadya Wynd as Sister Mary
Kenneth McCabe as Rent-A-Cop
J. Aubrey Island as Orderly
Jeremiah Sird as Gregg
Randy Post as Loudmouth In Theater
Kent Koppase as Cop #1
Michael Marloe as Cop #2
Larry Kelman as Cop #3/Paramedic
John Fitzgibbons as Kid At Play
Scottie Simpfender as Kid At Play
Erin Darini as Kid At Play
Lara Darini as Kid At Play
Brian Darini as Kid At Play
Robert Brian Wilson (archive footage) as Billy Chapman at 18
Danny Wagner (archive footage) as Billy Chapman at 8
Jonathan Best (archive footage) as Billy Chapman at 5
Alex Burton (archive footage) as Ricky Caldwell at 14
Max Broadhead (archive footage) as Ricky at 4
Gilmer McCormick (archive footage) as Sister Margaret
Toni Nero (archive footage) as Pamela
Britt Leach (archive footage) as Mr. Sims
Nancy Borgenicht (archive footage) as Mrs. Randall
H.E.D. Redford (archive footage) as Captain Richards
Linnea Quigley (archive footage) as Denise
Leo Geter (archive footage) as Tommy
Tara Buckman (archive footage) as Ellie Chapman
Geoff Hansen (archive footage) as Jim Chapman
On the film’s DVD commentary, the filmmakers say they were paid a dismal amount of money to make the film. Originally, they say, they were told to re-edit the first film and pass it off as a sequel. Director Lee Harry said he demanded that a new film be shot, though he did not have the budget to create an entirely new story.
Harry says they tried to find Eric Freeman to participate for the commentary track, but they were unable to locate him at the time.
The film received a limited release theatrically in the United States in 1987. It grossed $154,323 at the box office.
The film was released on VHS in the United States by International Video Entertainment in 1987.
The film was available on the DVD Double Gift Pack on October 7, 2003 from Anchor Bay Entertainment, along with the original Silent Night, Deadly Night, but was discontinued due to copyright problems and is currently out of print.
On December 4, 2012, the film was again released alongside Part 1 as a two-disc "Christmas Survival Double Feature," containing the same archival bonus features as the 2003 release.
In the United Kingdom the film was declined a certificate by the BBFC as a result of bad timing following the Hungerford Massacre.
Due to the excessive use of footage from the original movie, the film was panned by critics. However, the film does have an audience with slasher fans/horror fans, and has gained a cult following as a black comedy due to Freeman's performance.
During Ricky's suburban shooting rampage, he kills a neighbor that is taking out trash cans, yelling "Garbage day!" before firing on the person whilst then proceeding to laugh erratically. The scene has become an Internet meme due to the seemingly non-sequitur nature of the scene as well as the comedic cheesiness of the line's delivery. Ricky's murder of a mobster by stabbing him with an umbrella, then unfurling it with the victim hoisted against the wall, has also become a popular horror movie death, and was the inspiration for the horror reference book, Death by Umbrella! The 100 Weirdest Horror Movie Weapons.
Eric Freeman has plans to make a direct sequel to Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2.