news culture Santa Claus goes crazy in this action movie starring David Harbor (Stranger Things)
The end of year celebrations are approaching and not just a little! It is for this reason that Tommy Wirkola is preparing the ground with the announcement of Violent Night, a film in which Santa Claus goes off the rails and kicks his knees with a sledgehammer… The tone is set!
A violent Christmas film with David Harbor in the title role
If the end-of-year celebrations inspired a lot of cinema in the ’80s and ’90s, we still remember the Toy Race or even of diehard and Gremlins, this tradition has been somewhat lost over time… but it was counting on Tommy Wirkola. In effect, the director of many violent films as Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and I Wave Dager, decided to go back behind the camera to offer some Violent Night which is aptly named.
In this production which looks first and foremost like a Home Invasion, like a American Nightmares or of Panic Room by David Fincher, quickly, the whole thing takes another turn. The family kidnapped by greedy bandits in their own home will get help from a Santa Claus like no other. The latter, played by David Harbor – Sheriff Hooper in Stranger Things – will take a giant hammer to enforce the law in this gigantic building. A game of massacre will then take place.
But if Violent Night is above all a violent film, the whole will offer more tender moments, with in particular the arrival of a little girl who will communicate with Santa Claus. The objective here, for Tommy Wirkola, is therefore indeed to make a Christmas film with the magic that goes with it.
When I got into making the movie, I basically said ‘we’re going to have fun, we’re going to have dark humor and all that’, but I really want the audience, when they leave the room, feel like you’ve seen a Christmas movie. Tommy Wirkola (Director of Violent Night via IGN)
We then learn that Santa Claus will not only use the various objects in front of him to get rid of his enemies, but also that he will use magic and that the film will even make allusions to all that involves a character like Santa Claus. We will therefore find the list of naughty and nice children, but also gifts, magic, queens, etc.
Each scene in the film therefore has elements reminiscent of winter, snow or Christmas. (…) We use the list of bad guys and good guys. He uses the Christmas garlands, the star on the tree, he goes through the chimney… Tommy Wirkola
Already a release date and a five-star cast on the program
In addition to David Harbor who will play the role of Santa Claus wonderfully, Violent Night will propose to find several known heads, to start with John Leguizamo which we have already seen in The Impasse by Brian De Palma, but also in Super Mario Bros.the 1993 film. In this story, he will play the leader of the thieves who is called by his teammates Mr. Scrooge, a reference to Ebenezer Scrooge, anti-hero of the short story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
(As his name suggests, Mr. Scrooge) has a grudge against Christmas. And since he hates Christmas, he doesn’t realize he’s bumping into the real Santa Claus. But when he begins to understand, the story goes to a whole new level as far as the stakes are concerned. And John, obviously, is an amazing actor who I’ve seen grow up in so many different roles, he can do it all. He’s funny, he’s charming, he’s dangerous. Tommy Wirkola
We can also note the participation of Beverly D’Angelo (Annie Hall), Alex Hassell (cowboy bebop) and Alexis Louder (The Terminal List).
If you like this amazing and violent adventure, note that it will land in cinemas for the end of the year, more precisely for December 2, 2022.