David Harbour Turns Santa into a Vengeful Action Hero in ‘Violent Night’

Violent Night trailer Universal Pictures

This over-the-top action film is definitely for adults rather than kids

With the holidays on the horizon, studios are getting ready to drop tons of seasonal films to get you in the spirit. In addition to Christmas rom-coms and holiday kids flicks, get ready for a new movie that shows the saltier side of Santa.

Universal Pictures just dropped the trailer for Violent Night, starring David Harbour as a disillusioned Santa who finds himself in the middle of a heist on Christmas Eve. Not one to let criminals steal the joy from his beloved holiday, he’s ready to dish out some “seasons beatings.”


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Violent Night Plot

The overarching theme of Violent Night? Don’t mess with Santa. It’s Christmas Eve and a wealthy family finds themselves as hostages when a team of mercenaries breaks into their home, looking for cash in the home vault. Unbeknownst to them, Santa Claus has just dropped down the chimney to make his delivery. While no one believes he’s the actual Santa, they definitely aren’t prepared for the hammer St. Nick is about to bring down.

While the story has comedic moments, given the violence, it’s definitely not a little kids’ movie. Instead, put Violent Night on your list for a Mom’s Night Out or a date night (if that’s your kind of thing) instead.

Related: Hallmark’s Christmas Movie Lineup Is Here! See the Full Schedule

Violent Night trailer
Universal Pictures

Violent Night Cast

Violent Night boasts an all-star cast that includes David Harbour, Emmy winner John Leguizamo, Cam Gigandet, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Edi Patterson, and Beverly D’Angelo of National Lampoons fame. The film is led by Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola and produced by Kelly McCormick, David Leitch, and Guy Danella.

Violent Night Release Date

Violent Night opens in theaters on Dec. 2

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