The Christmas-set action comedy Violent Night, starring David Harbour as Santa Claus, is coming to Peacock this weekend
Christmas has come and gone, but it’s never too late to watch one of the most entertaining movies to be released in recent months: director Tommy Wirkola’s R-rated holiday thriller Violent Night (read our 8/10 review at THIS LINK)! You can rent or purchase Violent Night right now on Amazon – but ComingSoon reports that as of this Friday, January 20th, you’ll also be able to watch the movie on the Peacock streaming service.
Scripted by Patrick Casey and Josh Miller (Sonic the Hedgehog), Violent Night shows what happens when a team of elite mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone inside hostage. But the team isn’t prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus is on the grounds, and he’s about to show why this Nick is no saint.
Santa Claus is played by David Harbour of Stranger Things. Harbour, who described Violent Night as “a hardcore Christmas action movie”, is joined in the cast by John Leguizamo (Land of the Dead), Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation), Alexis Louder (Copshop), Cam Gigandet (Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse), André Eriksen (Norsemen), Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones), and newcomer Alex Haskell.
Violent Night was produced by David Leitch and Kelly McCormick of 87North Productions. Leitch is best known for co-directing the first John Wick movie (although he wasn’t credited as co-director), and has since followed that up by directing Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, and Bullet Train. Universal Pictures’ Executive Vice President of Production Development Matt Reilly and Director of Production Development Tony Ducret are overseeing the project for the studio.
Violent Night is a whole lot of fun, so if you like your action movies with a good dose of humor and some over-the-top violence, it’s highly recommended that you check this one out. Especially if you have an appreciation for the Christmas-set action classics Die Hard and Die Hard 2, both of which had a clear influence on this movie. One of the standout sequences gives a nod to Home Alone as well.
Have you already watched Violent Night? If so, let us know what you thought of it by leaving a comment below. If you haven’t watched it yet, will you be watching it on Peacock this weekend?