Violent Night is here to offer audiences a very different festive viewing experience. There are plenty of Christmas movies that families are always determined to watch annually, quoting along and getting into the seasonal spirit. However, sometimes you want an alternative to iconic favorites like It’s A Wonderful Life and Elf.

For those that want something different, have you ever imagined Stranger Things star David Harbour as Santa with attitude?

If you have, then Violent Night is the ideal present for you and it arrives under the tree on Friday, December 2nd 2022.

Directed by Tommy Wirkola, the movie initially premiered at New York Comic Con back in October and has more recently earned buzz online.

Before heading in, on the other hand, you may wish to know the Violent Night age rating.

Violent Night trailer cr. Universal Pictures YouTube

Violent Night age rating and is it a horror movie?

Violent Night has received an R raing in the US and a 15 certificate in the UK.

Parent Previews reports that it has received these ratings from the MPAA and BBFC for strong bloody violence, language throughout and some sexual references.

There is some gory violence and fore detail scattered throughout the 112 minute runtime.

As for whether Violent Night is a horror movie, it’s not. As mentioned, there is some gore which can be considered an element beloning to the genre. However, it’s billed as an action-comedy movie.

It tells the story of a group of paramilitaries attacking the estate of a wealthy family on Christmas Eve. The daughter of the family asks Santa to help them for her Christmas wish and he answers the call, beginning to take down the attackers.

‘It’s like Die Hard with Santa Claus’

The movie’s director recently sat down for an interview with ScreenRant and was asked what attracted him to presenting Santa as an action hero:

“When they sent me the script, they did say, yeah, ‘It’s like Die Hard with Santa Claus.’ I was like, ‘Okay, that sounds cool, but it could also end up being on the cheesy side if done wrong.’ I read the script, I loved it. It had all the action you would expect. It had the humor and the edge, but it also had a big beating heart. That was actually my way in.”

He continued: “I was like, ‘Yeah, I want to do this because if we get the Christmas movie nature of it right, the beating heart between Santa and the little girl and their relationship, we can get away with everything else. We can go as crazy as we want, and we can really make a Christmas movie that stands out.’ Yeah, that was the goal.”

Who stars in Violent Night cast?

You can check out the central cast members and their respective roles below:

  • David Harbour as Santa Claus
  • John Leguizamo as Mr. Scrooge
  • Cam Gigandet as Morgan Lightstone
  • Alex Hassell as Jason Lightstone
  • Alexis Louder as Linda Matthews
  • Edi Patterson as Alva
  • Beverly D’Angelo as Gertrude Lightstone
  • Leah Brady as Trudy Lightstone
  • André Eriksen as Gingerbread

Violent Night is in theaters on Friday, December 2nd 2022.

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