Too gory for Christmas?: Violent Night sparks joy

Dakota Motley
Business Manager

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David Harbour attends the premiere of “Violent Night” at TCL Chinese Theatre on Nov. 29, 2022, in Hollywood, California. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images/TNS)

“Violent Night” is a rated R movie that hit theaters early this month. It stars David Harbour (“Stranger Things”), Beverly D’Angelo (“Vacation”) and John Leguizamo (“Ice Age”).

The film follows Santa Claus (Harbour) as he makes his rounds on Christmas Eve, and the Lightstone family as they try to make it through the holiday. The movie runs for one-hour-and-52-minutes and is categorized as comedy/action.

The Lightstone family isn’t as picture perfect as it seems. As the viewers watch the movie, the family’s secrets slowly get revealed, how they steal money from big corporations and the failed relationships in between.

The Lightstone house gets broken into even with the large number of security guards. The family gets taken hostage and held in the main living room, by the thieves, Ben (John Leguizamo), Peppermint (Mitra Suri), Krampus (Brendan Fletcher) and Pain (André Eriksen).

While it is a violent film, it portrays the meaning of Christmas magic and spirit well. With Santa’s reindeer and even a little bit of a magical element on how Santa gets into the houses and what’s really in his bag.

The movie received a 7.1/10 on IMDB and a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. It made $25.7 million in the box office. It gained both good and bad reviews from viewers. This movie is great to watch with friends and family no matter the age, getting a 4.5 MPAA rating.


Dakota Motley- Business Manager

This will be Dakota Motley’s first year on ECHO staff. They also made several contributions while taking journalism class their junior year.

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