Tommy Wirkola is not only one of the figureheads of European genre cinema, but has long since gained a foothold in Hollywood – as the first trailer for his black humorous Christmas action thriller “Violent Night” underlines. After all, this is his most recent US production, which, after all, is said to haveStranger Things“- and Marvel star David Harbor is led.
In addition, you can expect not only a cast peppered with well-known names down to the supporting roles, led by John Leguizamo (“John Wick”) and Cam Gigandet (“Twilight”) to Beverly D’Angelo (“Happy Birthday”). Above all, you can once again look forward to a wild mix of brutal action with horror elements and pitch-black humor – director Wirkola remains true to himself. Incidentally, as the producer of the Christmas action thriller, none other than a genre specialist and “John Wick”- such as “Bullet Train’ director David Leitch on board.
“Violent Night” will be released in cinemas on December 1, 2022. Perfect for anyone with a penchant for Christmas movies that deviate from the usual kitsch formula.
This is what Violent Night is about: As the film’s title makes clear, in reference to “Silent Night”, this Christmas will be anything but for a wealthy family quiet. Instead, all hell breaks loose when a squad of mercenaries storms their sweet home to get their hands on the millions in their vault. What the unscrupulous intruders don’t consider: They are (of course) on Santa Claus’s (David Harbour) naughty list – which is exactly why he is now opposing them with all his might. And Santa has a few tricks up his sleeve…
Anyone who has already seen one or two of Tommy Wirkola’s films will get exactly what they would expect from the Norwegian in the trailer for “Violent Night”. After all, it was with such crazy genre cocktails between dark fairy tales and fun butchery orgies that he finally achieved his international breakthrough.
What began in the mid-2000s with a low-budget parody of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill (titled Kill Buljo: The Movie) soon took off with Dead Snow. The Nazi zombie fun produced for little money became an international festival hit – and not only resulted in the much larger, crazier and more entertaining sequel “Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead”, but also opened the door to Wirkola to the dream factory.
Even though he returned to his Norwegian homeland with the badass thriller-comedy romance “The Trip – Ein Mörderisches weekend”, he has long been able to establish himself in Hollywood. There he directed, among other things, the fairytale actioner “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” and the dystopian science fiction thriller “What Happened To Monday?”.
The fact that Wirkola remains true to genre cinema far away from the mainstream, but at the same time is also willing to dare something new, is shown by his next film after “Violent Night” – because it will be an animated musical with the melodious title “Spermageddon”.
Leading actor David Harbor also has one or two projects in the pipeline, such as the new action film “Gran Turismo’ by District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. Of course, we are particularly excited about his part in the fifth season.”Stranger Things’ (no release date yet) and his return as Alexei Shostakov and Red Guardian in Marvel’s ‘Thunderbolts’ (theatrical release: July 24, 2024).