I've been raving about Violent Night since I caught its premiere screening at NYCC, so I'm very excited for Daily Dead readers to check out the film that begins playing in theaters tonight! I recently caught up with director Tommy Wirkola, of Dead Snow and Hansel & Gretel fame, who told me all about bringing this hard-R Santa Claus action movie to life!
To hell with “all is calm.”
From 87North, the bare-knuckle producers of Nobody, John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, Bullet Train and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw comes a coal-dark holiday action-comedy that says you should always bet on red.
When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone inside hostage, the team isn’t prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus (David Harbour, Black Widow, Stranger Things series) is on the grounds, and he’s about to show why this Nick is no saint.
The film also stars Emmy winner John Leguizamo (John Wick), Cam Gigandet (Without Remorse), Alex Hassell (Cowboy Bebop), Alexis Louder (The Tomorrow War), Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones) and Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise).
Directed by razor-edged Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Dead Snow franchise), Violent Night is produced by 87North’s Kelly McCormick David Leitch and Guy Danella. The original screenplay is by Pat Casey & Josh Miller, the writers of Sonic the Hedgehog. The film’s executive producer is Marc S. Fischer.
Universal Pictures will distribute the film in all territories.
- Genre: Action Comedy
- Cast: David Harbour, John Leguizamo, Cam Gigandet, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Edi Patterson and Beverly D’Angelo
- Directed by: Tommy Wirkola
- Screenplay by: Pat Casey & Josh Miller
- Producers: Kelly McCormick, David Leitch, Guy Danella
- Executive Producers: Marc S. Fischer