Spoiler-Free Review of “Violent Night” in Theaters: Plenty of Bloody Violence and Christmas Cheer to go around

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“Welcome to your worst Christmas ever…”

Violent Night released in theaters on December 2nd 2022. The holiday action film stars David Harbour, John Leguizamo, Alex Hassell, Cam Gigandet, and Beverly D’Angelo. It runs for approximately an hour and fifty-two minutes.

After a team of mercenaries holds a family hostage in their extravagant home, the real Santa Clause gets involved to help a selfless girl named Trudy.

Here is the trailer:

Violent Night is the perfect mashup of Die Hard and Home Alone. It has plenty of entertaining action while still managing to channel the holiday spirit, making it the ultimate holiday film to watch this year and for years to come. Is it worthy of YOUR next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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David Harbour is perfection!

He was the perfect actor for this role and he really shined in the best way possible. He was hilarious, charming, and a hero to root for! The rest of the cast did a great job as well. Trudy was a delight to watch on screen and it’s always fun seeing John Leguizamo.

The dynamic between the family and the villains really worked well. The humor mixed with violence was pure magic, giving me so many Die Hard vibes. The film was clearly aware of the inspiration, but it also branched off into its own story without holding back.

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A holiday film that has it all!

It’s not easy making a holiday film for everyone. While this film was clearly not for children, I appreciated that it still managed to capture the essence of Christmas in the midst of all the bloody violence (which was fantastic). I’m always looking for new holiday films to add to my watch-list each year and it’s safe to say that Violent Night will definitely become a yearly watch for me.

The Cons:

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Some of the puns were a little on the nose…

Look, I still enjoyed them and this was the perfect film to just sit back and enjoy. Some of the Christmas puns needed some work. Perhaps I’m just spoiled by Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s clever puns and I wanted a little more here, but they were still fun so I can’t complain too much.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!!!

A jolly, bloody good time!

Violent Night was the perfect film to watch this holiday season and David Harbour was beyond fantastic!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Violent Night in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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