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Directed by Tommy Wirkola

Cast: David Harbour, John Leguizamo, Alex Hassell

Release date: January 24, 2023

A review by: Kevin Lovell

Movie rating: 8/10
Disc rating: 7.5/10


When a team of mercenaries break into a wealthy family’s mansion and take everyone hostage, they are unprepared for a surprise fighter: Santa Claus. David Harbor (“Stranger Things”) plays St. Nick in the “wildly entertaining” (SCREEN RANT) Christmas rush that delivers some serious seasonal beating to save the family and spirit of Christmas.

Please Note: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray that I reviewed in this post. The opinions I share are my own.

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Violent Night tells the story of a bitter, wealthy family gathered at their family compound to celebrate the holidays when a team of coordinated mercenaries invade the compound and take everyone inside hostage. But the one thing this team of orchestrated mercenaries didn’t anticipate was that Santa Claus is real and delivering presents around the property. Initially intent on avoiding any involvement, Santa has a change of heart when a kind-hearted young girl named Trudy, who happens to be on his nice list and is trapped inside with the family, asks for his help. Now Santa must awaken something that was buried long ago to take on numerous armed individuals and save Trudy and her family. Luckily, the entire villain team is on his cheeky list.

Directed by Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) from a script by Pat Casey & Josh Miller (Sonic the Hedgehog), Wirkola does a great job leading Violent Night, guiding through the violent and the amusing Fun with style and heart. The cast of the film includes David Harbor (TV series Stranger Things), John Leguizamo (The Menu), Alex Hassell (TV series His Dark Materials), Alexis Louder (Copshop) and Beverly D’Angelo (The Good House) as well as respectively more, for the most part, offer quite capable and appropriate performances in their respective roles.

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Violent Night is a delightfully silly and gory Christmas story for the John Wick era. Never unnecessarily trying to be anything complex or groundbreaking, ‘Violent Night’ knows exactly what kind of film it wants to be and embraces that, serving up one ridiculous, gory-soaked sequence after another while never drawing in its punches. It’s a fast-paced, good time from start to finish, packed with more than enough explosive action and gory madness, coupled with constant laughter to make for a thoroughly happy ride for those of you who enjoy the dark side of the… Appreciating holiday offerings and appreciating some dark humor sprinkled with their Christmas cheer.

Probably the most surprising aspect of the film is how much heart and beauty it offers, along with the carnage, and a lot of the gentler interactions and discussions between Santa Claus and young Trudy are genuinely endearing and make for nice, if brief, changes in pace from the Mayhem and action-packed fun. With a performance by David Harbor as Santa that is as sweet as it is terrifying, well balanced by John Leguizamo’s superb portrayal of the deadly, Holiday-hating villain, Violent Night is definitely worth a try if you like this type of movie and haven’t had one before the pleasure.

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All in all, Violent Night is a hilarious, bloody, and quite hilarious Christmas game that offers a thoroughly entertaining ride packed with carnage and excitement, and even a surprising amount of heart at times. Poking fun at other holiday favorites, including a gory twist on Home Alone and more, while complemented by solid performances from the cast, this is a genuinely entertaining holiday story that’s worth giving a chance. ‘Violent Night’ is definitely recommended, especially for those who enjoy films of a similar nature with bloody violence, humor and lots of fast-paced, explosive fun. If you’re already intrigued by this one, it should definitely be worth the price of a rental and a few hours of your time, and don’t be terribly surprised if you end up wanting to add it to your collection too.

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The Blu-ray release of Violent Night features a full 1080p high definition presentation with the film’s original Cinemascope aspect ratio of 2.39:1. The video presentation looks pretty good overall, offering a generally clean, sharp, and nicely detailed video presentation from start to finish that looks good throughout, apart from some noticeable video noise. It captures everything from the snowy exteriors and expansive interiors to character details, looking cleaner and clearer without any notable issues. Overall, this is a solid high-definition video presentation that should please fans and first-time viewers alike.


The Blu-ray release includes a 7.1 channel DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multi-channel soundtrack consistently delivers a clean, clear, and fairly aggressive audio presentation that complements the fun and chaos on screen nicely. It regularly uses all seven available channels to send some gunshots and other action effects along with music, nature content and more through the various speakers at every suitable opportunity, without dialogue or other audio elements occurring at the same time being distorted or made inaudible. Overall, this is an enjoyable and full-fledged 7.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that does its job well and shouldn’t disappoint.


The Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of ‘Violent Night’ includes some fun extras that fans of the film should enjoy. Included with the release is an “Audio Commentary with Director Tommy Wirkola, Producer Guy Danella, Writer Pat Casey, and Writer Josh Miller,” in addition to a nice helping of “Deleted and Extended Scenes” from the film (approximately 19 minutes long). together) and a few Behind the Scenes Featurettes, bringing to life various aspects of the film’s coming to life, with interviews/commentary with the cast and crew, as well as behind-the-scenes footage and more. The featurettes included are ‘Santa’s Helpers: The Making of violent night‘ (runs approximately 6 minutes), ‘Quarrelin’ Kringle’ (runs approximately 4 minutes), and ‘Deck the Halls with Brawls’ (runs approximately 6 minutes).

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Movie rating: 8/10
Disc rating: 7.5/10

Violent Night is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

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