The David Harbour-led Christmas action-comedy Violent Night announces it will begin streaming exclusively on Peacock weeks after its release.
Violent Night, the David Harbour-led Christmas action film, announced it has found a home on the streaming platform Peacock.
The holiday flick, which sees Harbour play a hardened Santa that saves a family held hostage on Christmas Eve, will begin streaming on Peacock on Jan. 20. The film, which released on Dec. 2, also stars John Leguizamo, Cam Gigandet, Alex Hassell, Alexis Louder, Edi Patterson and Beverly D’Angelo.
Violet Night Adds More Holiday Cheer to a Die Hard-esque Plot
Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) directed the film with a script by writing duo Patrick Casey and Josh Miller (Sonic the Hedgehog). Violet Night takes a Die Hard structure to a Christmas movie with a lot more of the holiday magic sprinkled in. Harbour’s gruff rather than cheery Santa finds himself in the middle of a hostage situation at a little girl’s house, where several heavily-armed missionaries led by Ben (Leguizamo) demand her family cough up the $300 million in their hidden safe. Unbeknownst to the villains, Harbour’s Santa is a strategic and brutal fighter, ala John McClane.
Harbour spoke to CBR about receiving the script for the film and how its original storyline, plus its creative team, caught his attention despite initially thinking it seemed like a “ridiculous” idea. “When they sent me the script, I just thought it was such a unique thing,” the actor explained. “I was like, “I’ve never seen this before.” So often with movies, rarely do I get sent something where I’m like, “Oh, this not only isn’t an action movie, but at its heart, it’s really a Christmas movie.” It’s really like Miracle on 34th Street at the end, where this little girl believes in Santa Claus while he’s dripping with blood all over his face. When I feel those sorts of complex mixed things, when something feels very unique to me, I get excited because I feel like it’s something that I want people to see.”
Violet Night earned positive reviews from critics, with many praising its self-awareness and humor combined with a few touching moments common to traditional Christmas stories. The film also utilizes many of Santa’s conventional powers for action-packed scenes, along with a new arsenal of fighting abilities not usually attributed to Saint Nick.
Violent Night hits the streaming platform Peacock beginning Jan. 20.
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