Violent Night Movie Review: Trash Or Watch It

Violent Night Plot

Violent Night focuses on a rich family’s Christmas Eve get-together, when suddenly mercenaries hold the Lightstones captive in hopes of taking their riches. All would have gone according to plan until Santa Claus showed up.

Violent Night Characters/ Roast

Santa Claus (David Harbour) is seen drinking and being foul in the first half of the film. While he practiced his own form of quiet quitting, the house he was in came under fire from mercenaries who plowed through security and held the family captive. The drunk Santa sobers up quickly as he discovers he can’t escape through the chimney and is attacked but has a few moves of his own. Santa still wants to leave, but is contacted by the little girl Trudy, who is held captive by her family.

Santa briefly explains his fighting capacity due to being a Viking in his past life. His height and stature made every action believable. He didn’t do parkour or fancy flips, just an old guy taking care of business. Santa had more masculinity than any of the family males, who were western-raised. The movie let you know that immigrant males are supposedly stronger than their western-raised counterparts. it’s apparent that if Santa didn’t help out, that would’ve been the family’s last Christmas.

Lightstone Family

Trudy Lightstone (Leah Brady) is the biracial little girl who was a little too old to believe in Santa Claus, but her belief is what saved the family from utter destruction. She managed to get away from the group when her faith was tested and set up traps in a Home Alone fashion for the mercenaries pursuing her. The realism of having people impaled or missing flesh shows how tame and unrealistic the Home Alone series was. Trudy’s Christmas wish comes true as her parents get back together at the end of the movie. Something tells me they weren’t a good match, so the relationship won’t last much longer.

Jason Lightstone (Alex Hassell) is way beyond beta male status. He’s basically served as the rich boomers’ favorite son and is a momma’s boy. Being tortured in front of his family was beyond humiliating and super demasculinizing. He did something none of the family nor mercenaries were expecting and the film never fully explained if he was actually a worse villain or provided the best plot device ever. I knew Alex Hassell had a familiar face because I almost confused him for Oscar Issac. Alex played Vicious from Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop. Watching his contrast in roles makes me hope the actor picks better roles in the future.

Linda Lightstone (Alexis Louder) Trudy’s mother looked uninterested in Jason but loved her daughter. Linda was probably the one who asked him out and paid for everything. At one point in the movie she was called a gold-digger. I can’t speak for how accurate that is because of Jason’s basicness, but a family name goes a long way. The shaven head and her using the rifle because of her “hunting with her father” again shows how weak of a man her husband was. The agenda was clearly at work here.

The rest of the family can be categorized as a single mother with an actor boyfriend and a spoiled social media influencer son. A boomer feminist grandmother who has no husband to speak up yet is an heiress to millions. Either she got rid of him or the money wasn’t worth his sanity. The movie pretty much summed up 21st century American culture.


Ebenezer Scrooge (John Leguizamo) arrives and is his first devious act is shooting the black gate attendant.(Even in a Christmas movie, the black person goes first) He had a real disdain for Christmas, bad puns, and codenames for his operators. He had insider knowledge that left it up to the viewer’s imagination to figure out how he knew about the Lightstone family. Santa was the only person outside the Mercenary Group who knew his real name was Jimmy Martinez. Ebenezer didn’t believe he was real until the end, which made him a delusional villain with an interesting backstory. The best scene in the movie was when he went through the chimney and turned into paste.

The other mercenaries are basically fodder, serving for awesome scenes that show the skills of Viking Santa and why you don’t want to mess with the North Pole.

Violent Night Thoughts

Violent Night is directed by Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola, who directed the Dead Snow franchise. Given his past work, this movie was bound to happen eventually. The blood and profanity was something I expected from this director and I wasn’t let down. The “Christmas magic” explanation that was brought up throughout the movie is a decent way of not being overly technical with the lore. The movie has a lot of action, comedy, and some cringeworthy moments, but it is worth a watch.

The movie is a 6 out of 10.

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