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- “Violent Night” stars David Harbor as an action-hero version of Santa Claus.
- The movie follows Saint Nick as he fights a group of mercenaries on Christmas Eve.
- The film is now available to rent or purchase from digital retailers for a starting price of $20.
Offering a “Die Hard” inspired twist on traditional Santa Claus movies, “Violent Night” shows just what happens to those on the naughty list. On Christmas Eve, a group of mercenaries takes a wealthy family hostage. Not long after, Santa drops down the chimney for his annual visit, ready for a fight to save the family.
Check out the ‘Violent Night’ trailer
David Harbor (“Stranger Things”) stars as Santa Claus in “Violent Night.” John Leguizamo, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Edi Patterson, Cam Gigandet, Leah Brady, and Beverly D’Angelo round out the rest of the cast. The movie is directed by Tommy Wirkola, whose previous films include “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” and “What Happened to Monday.”
How to watch ‘Violent Night’
You can now watch “Violent Night” at home through digital retailers like Amazon, Apple TV, and Vudu. The movie costs $20 to rent or $25 to buy in up to 4K quality.
If you opt for a rental, you’ll have 30 days to start watching the movie, and 48 hours to finish it after you hit play. If you buy the film, you can stream it whenever you like with no restrictions.
Apps for digital retailers are available on most smart TVs, mobile devices, and streaming players from major brands. You should check each store’s website to ensure your device of choice is supported before making a purchase.
When will ‘Violent Night’ be on Peacock?
As a Universal Studios release, “Violent Night” is expected to hit the Peacock streaming service before any other subscription platforms. Though an exact date hasn’t been announced yet, we expect that it’ll arrive around 45 days after its theater premiere, which is the release window that a lot of other Universal movies have followed.
If that’s the case, “Violent Night” can be expected on Peacock around January 16, 2023. Once the movie hits the streaming service, it will be exclusive to Peacock Premium ($5/month) and Peacock Premium Plus ($10/month) members .
Why is ‘Violent Night’ rated R?
Though holiday movies are typically family friendly, “Violent Night” is anything but. The film received an R rating for vulgar language, some sexual references, and of course, bloody violence throughout.
Is ‘Violent Night’ worth watching?
As of December 20, “Violent Night” has a “73% Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Though some critics say the film isn’t as entertaining as its outlandish premise might imply, it’s still a fun watch for action-loving viewers.
Will there be a ‘Violent Night’ sequel?
A “Violent Night” sequel hasn’t been confirmed yet, but recent interviews with the movie’s cast and crew make it clear that a followup is something the filmmakers are planning for.
In an interview with colliders, producer Kelly McCormick mentions a sequel as something she hopes to start work on soon. While speaking to CinemaBlendstar David Harbor talks about introducing Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves in a potential sequel.