Watch out for Violent Night This Holiday


Have you ever seen a violent Santa? If not, we’ve got something for your knack for movies. Violent Night is all set to release on December 2. Universal Pictures will release the new film “Violent Night” in the United States on December 2, 2022. Santa must save Christmas when mercenaries attack a wealthy family’s estate on Christmas Eve. With more violent movies becoming popular, it’s important to know when they’ll be released so you can prepare for some gory entertainment.

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The movie will be released on Friday, December 2, 2022. Another film with a similar plotline is also being released on that date, but Santa Claus must save a kidnapped family from a soldier of fortune on Christmas Eve. In November 2021, Universal set a declared release date for the film.

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Movie Title

Violent Night

Streaming Platform


Release Date

2nd December 2022


Tommy Wirkola

Running Time 



Pat Casey

Josh Miller



Story Line

Violent Night Christmas Movie Trailer

On Christmas Eve, a group of skilled mercenaries break into a wealthy family home and take everyone inside hostage. However, the team does not anticipate the one combatant who will give them a run for their money: Santa Claus is on the property, and he is about to show this naughty crew why he’s called Saint Nick. “Violent Night” is set at Universal Studios, with an announced release date of December 2, 2022.

The upcoming coal-dark holiday thriller “Violent Night” is being directed by Tommy Wirkola (“Dead Snow”). The original script was written by Pat Casey & Josh Miller, the creators of “Sonic the Hedgehog”.

Who’s In the Violent Night Cast?

Violent Night Christmas Movie Cast

David Harbour, known for his role as Father Noel, stars in Violent Night alongside a great cast, including john Leguizamo, Beverly D’Angelo, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Cam Gigandet, Edi Patterson and André Eriksen. This contemporary take on the Christmas story sees Harbour’s Santa Claus character as not so much the elusive mythical figure he is traditionally depicted to be but very real… and able to fight like a superhero. Before landing the role that would make him a household name, Harbour had already made quite the name in Hollywood, appearing in big-budget action thrillers like Quantum of Solace and The Green Hornet. 

Since becoming internationally famous for his portrayal of Jim Hopper, Harbour has gone on to appear in films like Suicide Squad and 2019’s Hellboy reboot. He can next be seen starring alongside Mark Wahlberg in Gran Turismo and Thunderbolts and serving as executive producer of My Dentist’s Murder Trial.

Other notable roles in the film include Leguizamo as Ben, the leader of the mercenaries; D’Angelo as Gertrude, Skyler’s estranged wife Margie Matthews, spending Christmas at their family estate so their daughter can have a good holiday season.

On Tuesday, the studio announced that it was moving an untitled Universal event movie from May 26, 2023, to May 19, 2023. David Harbour was last seen in this year’s Marvel movie “Black Widow” and will reprise his role as a sheriff in the upcoming fourth season of “Stranger Things” on Netflix. He is also set to star in a family horror movie for Netflix directed by Christopher Landon called “We Have a Ghost,” alongside Anthony Mackie and Tig Notaro.

  • David Harbour as Santa Claus
  • Alex Hassell as Jason Lightstone
  • Alexis Louder as Linda Matthews 
  • André Eriksen as Gingerbread
  • Beverly D’Angelo as Gertrude Lightstone
  • Cam Gigandet as Morgan Lightstone
  • Edi Patterson as Alva
  • John Leguizamo as Mr Scrooge
  • Leah Brady as Trudy Lightstone

Violent Night Production

Violent Night Movie Production

In March 2020, it was announced that Universal Pictures had acquired the original screenplay for Violent Night and that 87North Productions would produce it. In November 2021, David Harbour was cast in the lead role, with Tommy Wirkola set to direct. In early 2022, John Leguizamo, Beverly D’Angelo, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Edi Patterson Cam Gigandet were confirmed to star. The film’s shooting occurred in January-March 2022 and commenced in February 2022 in Winnipeg. 

Violent Night Trailer

We know fans have been waiting for the official trailer of Violent Night, and it’s finally here. Beware if you’re on Santa’s naughty list this year because he doesn’t just give a lump of coal to bad people. What he does instead is much more dangerous, and they deserve it. It’s like watching Die Hard but with Santa Claus. Although the clip reveals most of the plot, watching Harbour as he brings out his acting skills while playing the most lovable and adorable mythical figure possible will be fun.

The movie’s title encompasses what it is truly about – a Santa who isn’t afraid to fight and sets things on fire when an innocent family is attacked. This Santa seeks immediate retribution. The trailer shows that this action-comedy will be full of excitement and suspense – making it the perfect holiday film! Get a small taste of what’s to come in the player above.

Violent Night Creators 

Violent Night Director

Violent Night comes from Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola, who likes to take classic tales and put them in a dark modern setting (i.e. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters). His previous well-known projects include the comedy-horror series Dead Snow and its sequel Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead, What Happened to Monday, The Trip, and Kill Buljo, the Kill Bill parody. He is also set to write and direct Spermageddon in 2023.

Violent Night’s comedy thriller comes from 87North Productions, the same production company that made Nobody and Bullet Train. Pat Casey and Josh Miller pen the movie’s screenplay, produced by David Leitch and Kelly McCormick, along with Guy Danella. You can expect a high-octane action-driven narrative similar to those films in this movie.

What to expect from Violent Night?

Action with a blend of Violence and comedy… what else? Go and enjoy the movie.

We have also curated the list of top Scary Christmas Movies that you can watch this Christmas.

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