Get into the holiday spirit with “Riolent Night”

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than to see Santa slip several pool balls into a Christmas stocking, swing them menacingly in the air, and watch him cave in someone’s face?

So is Violent Night, a movie that clearly no one wanted, but somehow works nicely as a follow-up to the tacky sentimentality of this time of year. It’s billed as an “alternative Christmas action comedy” and may be a litmus test of who your true tribe is: if you think it’s funny to see Santa trying to strangle a guy with Christmas lights, this is the movie for you.

Directed by Tommy Wirkola, “Violent Night” took the season’s naughty or nice dichotomy to heart, delivering pounds of gore and wounds that spurt mini-fountains of blood, along with the toothache sweetness about believing in Santa Claus and the true meaning of of Christmas. .

It’s easy to initially dismiss it as an “SNL” digital short that stood on its own, but there’s a kind of perverse joy in watching Santa suck the tip of a candy cane until it’s a sharp shard and then plunge into a bad guy’s throat. Isn’t it time for Kris Kringle as a sociopath?

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