We’ve seen countless versions of Good Old Saint Nick on screen and with the holiday season just around the corner we’re about to see another one, but this time starring David Harbour. However, his take on Santa Claus has a very interesting twist: Santa Claus may not be as holy and kind as he seems and can actually kick ass. Literally. And if you think about it, it kind of makes sense. I mean, the man sneaks into people’s homes all over the world overnight once a year. He would certainly pick up a few moves. Anyway, here’s everything we know so far violent night.
Plot and synopsis of violent night
violent night is a dark and twisted version of Santa who, it turns out, isn’t all about cookies, candy and his legendary belly laugh. Think: Die Hard but it is Santa Claus. In the trailer, we watch as a group of idiots break into the home of a wealthy family hoping to celebrate Christmas in order to rob them and their safe with over $300 million in it. While they’re trying to pull all of this off, Santa is on his annual Christmas delivery tour when he’s interrupted by the kidnappers as he lands over the roof of the house.
The trailer looks very promising and entertaining so far, with David Harbor sporting a red hat and beard and using classic holiday items as weapons – candy canes, the bag he keeps his presents in, skates, baubles – you name it. This Santa clearly takes his naughty-or-nice list way too seriously, and we’re sitting. During the jam-packed clip, we watch as Santa uses candy canes and ice skates to stab baddies and leaves hand grenades that happen to look like “chunks of coal” in their suits before detonating them. There’s also his team of reindeer, of course, which we get a fun peek at towards the end of the short trailer.
violent nightThe official synopsis is as follows:
“By 87North, the bare-knuckle producers of No one, John Wick, Atomic Blonde, dead pool 2, fast train and Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw comes a pitch black holiday action comedy that says you should always bet on red.
“When a team of mercenaries break into a wealthy family’s mansion on Christmas Eve and take everyone hostage, the team is not prepared for a surprise fighter: Santa Claus (David Harbour, Black Widow, Stranger Things series) is on the premises, and he’s about to show why this Nick isn’t a saint.”
The occupation violent night
Sitting in the director’s chair is Tommy Wirkola, whose earlier work includes Hansel and Norwegian comedy horror series dead snow. violent night isn’t his first attempt to twist a classic story into something darker and grittier with the aforementioned Hansel and Gretel retelling, in addition to Kill Buljowhich was a parody of Quentin Tarantino kill Bill. As for the film’s script, all credits go to Pat Casey and Josh Miller, who previously worked on the recent film Sonic the Hedgehog movies.
One of the more interesting parts of the film is its cast. Again, stranger things Star David Harbor is set to play Santa Claus. He is joined by John Leguizamo as Ben, Beverly D’Angelo as Gertrude, Alex Hassell as Skyler and Alexis Louder as Margie Matthews, as well as Edi Patterson, Cam Gigandet and André Eriksen in the wider cast.
It has been confirmed that Leguizamos Ben will be the main antagonist of the film, with his character being the leader of the hired mercenaries who break into the house. As for the family, aside from being held captive, they have their own dramas. Their matriarch Gertrude (D’Angelo’s character) loves to let her children fight for her affections (because no dysfunctional Christmas movie is complete without parental authority who only wants her children to fight over who should be loved most), while her son and his estranged wife (played by Alex Hassell and Alexis Louder respectively) do their best to get through the holidays together for the sake of their daughter, Trudy.
Trudy is played, of course, by an amazing young actress in the form of Leah Brady, who Harbor shows has a great relationship with in the trailer.
In conversation with The Hollywood Reporter For the film, David Harbor gave some interesting insights into the making of the film.
“The great thing about Santa is that I really had to examine him,” the actor said. “We all sit around and tell our kids that a big, fat, funny guy in a red suit comes down the chimney and eats some cookies and gives you a present, but who is this guy? When you really start to get to the core and core of who that person was, it makes perfect sense.”
He described his experience on the film and working with 87North as one of his most challenging physical roles to date. He said: “It’s by far the most difficult physical thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. We started training in early December and I felt more exhausted than I have ever felt in my entire life.”
When asked if he thinks so violent night in everyone’s regular rotation of Christmas movies, the actor admitted he never thought it was possible during production.
“My intention is always to just make a great movie,” he continued. “It’s never about where it’s going to go, it’s about the fact that people are talking about it that way [Violent Night] is kind of incredible. They’re like, ‘Oh, that’s going to be a Christmas movie that people will see,’ but I didn’t really think about it when I was making it. It was much more about this action film with heart, but you’re right. I watch a Miracles on 34th Street and Bad Santa and all those movies about Christmas, so why not see it that way? I just never considered it.”
violent night release date
violent night first premiered on October 7 during New York Comic Con, but is slated to hit theaters nationwide on December 2, 2022.
(Selected image: 87North)
—The Mary Sue has a strict comment policy that prohibits, but is not limited to, personal insults everyoneHate speech and trolling.—
Do you have a tip we should know? [email protected]