With December fast approaching, streaming services and TV channels are scrambling to release their own Christmas movies quickly. And, while these ones are always filled with the expected holiday cheer and positivity, Universal Pictures has a different idea with their Christmas film ‘Violent Night’.
‘Violent Night’ stars David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Santa Claus. After receiving a message of help from a little girl regarding a robbery, Santa decides to help by carry out various, violent, punishments for the burglars who are on the Naughty list.
With a premise like this, it comes as no surprise that the film will carry a dark humorous tone and doesn’t stir away from being as violent as possible when necessary. The kills look very unique, especially given the one dishing out the violence is Santa Claus himself! Christmas decorations and lights are used, and even some of his magical powers are utilized here; it shows the film realizes the full potential of the plot and main character.
It also looks like a lot of fun; with these types of concepts, Santa is usually portrayed as the villain, so it’s a nice change to see him become the good guy here. Plus, it’s strangely heart-warming to see him protect a family that is obviously on his Nice list…in his own unique way.
‘Violent Night’ looks like a really fun film, with a crazy premise. It’s nice to not only have a Christmas film like this, but for Santa to play a protective role instead of a villainous one. Plus, David Harbour looks great as Santa.
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