“Violent Night” also stars John Leguizamo (“Romeo + Juliet,” “Encanto”), Beverly D’Angelo (“Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation”), Alex Hassell (“Cowboy Bebop”), Alexis Louder (“Copshop”), Brendan Fletcher (“Smallville”) as Krampus, Edi Patterson (“Knives Out”), Cam Gigandet (“The Magnificent Seven”), and André Eriksen (2018’s “Lethal Weapon”). Having Beverly D’Angelo, a.k.a. Ellen Griswold from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” in the cast brings up a whole lot of comedy possibilities here.
Despite the fact that David Harbour’s “Hellboy” star turn performex poorly at the box office, he’s a delight to watch anywhere he shows up. It’s about time he had a film to shine in instead of scenes in a TV series that you want to rush through to get back to the main storyline. (Looking at you, Russian prison scenes in “Stranger Things.”) The footage Ben Pearson saw at CinemaCon showed Harbour beating a man to death with a sock full of pool balls and stabbing a guy in the eye with a Christmas star. That has to smart! This is definitely not a film for the kiddies, as you can see from the trailer.
After its New York Comic Con premiere this week, “Violent Night” is scheduled to hit theaters on December 2, 2022.