Santa Claus is often portrayed as a beacon of hope, goodwill, selfless giving and Christmas joy, but David Harbor’s Santa in Violent night is a little different: he’s snarky, badass, and relentlessly dangerous to the kids on his naughty list. As revealed in the trailer, Violent night has some fantastic elements in its storyline that mostly serve as narrative devices to power Santa’s merciless confrontations against the bad guys. But even with all its apparent folly, Violent night doesn’t seem far from die hard, which uses Christmas as the backdrop for relentless high-octane action.
Violent nightA wealthy family’s action takes place when a group of mercenaries breaks in and takes everyone hostage. Little aware of the outlaws, the big old Santa is also on the property and he is determined to do justice to the naughty ones, along with gifts to the nice ones. For a movie with the tagline “To hell with ‘everything is calm’,‘” Violent night certainly doesn’t disappoint with its plot and casting choices. David Harbor is a perfect choice to play a tough John Wick-esque Santa while actors John Leguizamo (now best known as the voice of Bruno in encanto), Cam Gigandet, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Edi Patterson and Beverly D’Angelo (of National Lampoon’s Christmas break) are also promising additions to the film’s roster, suggesting that: Violent night will be a fun ride.
What makes Violent night a potentially epic Christmas movie is David Harbor’s intriguing portrait of a blatantly hypocritical Santa Claus. This version of St. Nick takes it upon himself to save a family’s Christmas Eve by helping them battle it out with invaders, but shows no qualms about killing the bad guys in cold blood. Harbor’s Santa still does his job incredibly well by serving metaphorical and literal lumps of coal to the naughty listeners, but his barbaric methods of doing this clearly show that he is no less mischievous himself.
Every Christmas-themed murder teased in Violent Night’s trailer
By aptly labeling his vigilante Christmas adventures as “seasons succeed” Violent night‘s Santa (played by Weird stuffDavid Harbour) uses countless Christmas-themed modi operandi to overpower the mischievous. He knocks out the live Christmas lights by stabbing him in the eye with a poinsettia and then electrocuting him. In another slam-bang action scene, Santa brings a candy cane to a knife fight, but effectively uses its sharp edges to gain the upper hand. While a sock may not be the ideal weapon, Harbor’s Santa fills it with billiard balls and goes for a chain-club-style kill.
From snowballs to shiny garland ribbons, Violent nightsavage Santa uses it all to defeat the villains on the ultimate naughty list. To top it off, he calls a grenade a lump of coal, puts it in a villain’s pocket, and then watches it gleefully explode from a distance. Clear, The character of the harbor in Violent night is not a typical Santa (a la Tim Allen in the Santa movies), the kind of noble saint who toils in his Arctic workshop. He is a furious warrior who is on a warpath against the naughty, which is exactly what makes him so fascinating.