We’ve seen countless interpretations 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 with David Harbour. His portrayal of Santa, however, has a very interesting twist: Santa may not be as holy and kind as he might appear to be, and he can really kick some ass. Literally. And if you think about it, it makes sense. I mean, man breaks into people’s homes all over the world during the night once a year. He was bound to make some moves. Either way, 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 Claus that, as it turns out, isn’t all about cookies, candy, and his legendary belly laugh. To think: Die Hard but it’s Santa Claus. In the trailer, we watch a group of goons break into the home of a wealthy family hoping only to celebrate Christmas to rob them and loot their safe with over $300 million dollars in it. While they are attempting to accomplish all of this, Santa is out on his annual round of Christmas deliveries when he is interrupted by the hostage-takers when he lands on the roof of the house.
The trailer looks very promising and fun so far, with David Harbor wearing a red hat and beard and using classic holiday items as weapons: candy canes, the bag where he keeps his presents, ice skates, baubles: you name it. This Santa, clearly, is taking his naughty or nice list too seriously and we sit down. Throughout the jammed clip, we watch as Santa uses candy canes and ice skates to stab the bad guys and leave hand grenades that coincidentally look like “lumps of coal” in their clothes before letting them explode. There’s also, of course, his reindeer team, which towards the end of the short trailer we get a fun look at.
violent nightThe official synopsis reads as follows:
“From 87North, the bare knuckle makers of Nobody, John Wick, Atomic blonde, Deadpool 2, High speed train And Fast & Furious Gifts: Hobbs & Shaw comes a coal-dark Christmas action comedy that says you should always bet on red.
“When a team of mercenaries storms a wealthy family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone hostage, the team isn’t prepared for a surprise fighter: Santa Claus (David Harbour, Black Widow, series Stranger Things) is on the ground, and it’s going to show why this Nick is no saint.
Cast of violent night
In the director’s chair is Tommy Wirkola, whose previous work includes Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and Norwegian comedy-horror series Dead Snow. violent night not his first attempt at turning a classic story into something a little darker and grittier than previously mentioned Hansel and Gretel retelling, as well as Kill Buljowhich was a parody of Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill. As for the film’s screenplay, all credits go to Pat Casey and Josh Miller, who already worked on the recent one Sonic the hedgehog movie.
One of the most interesting parts of the film is its cast. Yet, Stranger things star David Harbor will 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 larger cast.
Leguizamo’s Ben has been confirmed to be the film’s main antagonist, with his character as the leader of the hired mercenaries breaking into the house. As for the family, in addition to being held captive, they have separate dramas. Their matriarch Gertrude (D’Angelo’s character) loves to make her children fight for her affection (because what dysfunctional Christmas movie isn’t complete without a parental authority who just wants their children to fight over who should be loved more), while his son and his ex-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, of course, played by a great young actor in the form of Leah Brady, who Harbor shows he has a great relationship with in the trailer.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter for the film, David Harbor shared some interesting insights into the making of the film.
“The great thing about Santa is that I really got to look into him,” the actor said. “We all sit down and tell our kids that a big, fat, jolly boy in a red suit comes down the chimney, eats some cookies and gives you a present, but who is that boy? When you really start to get to the marrow and core of who this individual was, he makes perfect sense.
He further described his experience on film and working with 87North as one of his most physically demanding roles to date. She said: “It’s by far the hardest physical thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. We started training in early December and I felt exhausted like I’ve never felt in my entire life.
When asked if he thinks so violent night will go into the regular rotation of all Christmas movies, the actor admitted he never considered it a possibility during production.
“My intention is always to make a great film,” he continued. “It’s never where it’s going to go, but the fact that people talk like that [Violent Night] it’s incredible. They’re like, ‘Oh, it’s going to be a Christmas movie that people are going to watch,’ but I didn’t really think about that when I was shooting it. It was much more about this action movie with heart, but you’re right. i look a Miracle on 34th Street And Bad Santa Claus and all these movies during Christmas so why shouldn’t it be watched that way? I’ve never considered it.
violent night Release date
violent night was presented for the first time last October 7 during the Comic Con in New York, but will be released in theaters nationally on December 2, 2022.
(featured image: 87North)
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