First Glance: “Violent Night”

Tis the season…well, almost. With only a couple of months to Christmas, it makes sense that we’re starting to get trailers for this year’s stock of new Christmas movies. But one that sticks out from the usual holiday fare is “Violent Night”, a goofy black comedy action-thriller from director Tommy Wirkola (“Dead Snow”, “The Trip”). The film stars David Harbour as jolly old Saint Nicholas and lets just say he has “a particular set of skills” that goes beyond delivering toys.

It’s Christmas Eve and Santa (Harbour) is going about his routine – sliding down chimneys, munching cookies, and leaving gifts for all the good boys and girls. But while stopping at a wealthy family’s mansion, he encounters a group of heavily armed mercenaries led by John Leguizamo. They’re holding the family hostage, and are caught off guard when Santa shows up. Suddenly it’s up to him to save the night (and I suppose Christmas). The trailer is loaded with big bloody action and plenty of laughs. Hopefully there’s enough to fill a feature length movie.

“Violent Night” opens in theaters December 2nd. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

13 thoughts on “First Glance: “Violent Night”

  1. I’m digging the trailer and Ive really like Harbour in Stranger Things alot. It looks campy,over the top and has a 80s action vibe . I’ll definitely check it out.

  2. Yeah, I’m going to see this. This looks hilarious and we need something like this for the holidays. A good ol’ fashion ass-kicking movie and seeing Santa Claus kill a bunch of people just because they don’t believe in the Xmas spirit and go beyond the realms of being naughty. Just because you’re naughty doesn’t mean you get something but shit like what John Leguizamo and these bad people are doing. There’s only thing they’re getting. DEATH.

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