It’s not Silent Night, It’s Violent Night, the Christmas comedy never knew you wanted, but have been waiting decades for:
VIOLENT NIGHT is a holiday action-comedy from 87North, the bare-knuckle producers of Nobody, John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, Bullet Train and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.
When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone inside hostage, the team isn’t prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus (David Harbour, Black Widow, Stranger Things series) is on the grounds, and he’s about to show why this Nick is no saint.
Not just funny, but hilarious! You’ll never look at Santa Claus the same way ever again! Called upon to help a sweet young girl and her greedy family, Santa, played by a hilarious David Harbour, has his whole magical world turned upside down when he gets over his own bah humbug attitude to recognize that there are still those on the “nice” list worth fighting for. And fight he does. This movie is rated “R” for the violence, and it has more than earned that rating.
Santa is a sarcastic, possibly alcoholic magical figure. He is the opposite of the Santa that has described to us for decades. And this makes for some excellent comedy. And the greedy infighting of the Lightstone family lends itself to some very funny moments!
The film also stars Emmy winner John Leguizamo (John Wick), Cam Gigandet (Without Remorse), Alex Hassell (Cowboy Bebop), Alexis Louder (The Tomorrow War), Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones) and Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise). Watching Beverly D’Angelo as the nasty, bitchy, cursing matriarch of the family, while remembering her from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the ultimate casting irony!
Directed by razor-edged Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Dead Snow franchise), Violent Night is produced by 87North’s Kelly McCormick David Leitch and Guy Danella. The original screenplay is by Pat Casey & Josh Miller, the writers of Sonic the Hedgehog. The film’s executive producer is Marc S. Fischer.
And there was a Q and A after our preview, John Leguizamo chatted about this anti-Christmas movie which in the end taught us about the true meaning of Christmas that we grew up with! He was very generous with his time!