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Violent Night | Universal | December 2, 2022

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Universal Pictures has slated their 87North holiday thriller Violent Night for Dec. 2, 2022.


Early December in the post Thanksgiving sleepy frame is typically a good time for studios to grab at genre audiences, i.e. Screen Gems’ 2018 The Possession of Hannah Grace and Universal/Blumhouse’s Black Christmas. 


Violent Night is billed as a “coal-dark holiday thriller that says you should always bet on red.”  The pic stars Black Widow and Stranger Things’ David Harbour and is directed by Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Dead Snow franchise).


Violent Night is produced by 87North’s Kelly McCormick and David Leitch. The screenplay is by Pat Casey and Josh Miller, the writers of Sonic the Hedgehog.


Uni has the pic in all territories.


Violent Night is currently the only wide release on the Dec. 2-4 weekend next year.



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This might benefit from being *the Christmas movie* in this year’s Holiday landscape.


Avatar will be a massive blockbuster, Strange World and Puss in Boots will be there for kids, the Whitney Houston biopic has an audience, there’s no way Black Panther loses too many theaters, there’s a random Tom Hanks film, there’s an awards film here, there’s an awards film there…


But what if moviegoers want a Christmas movie? None of the other films are strictly about Christmas or concerning Christmas. And that leaves Violent Night as the only Christmas movie in theaters this Holiday season!


In short, there’s strong audience overlap across the board for this film—people who like action films, people who like comedies, people who like “edgier films,” and people looking to celebrate Christmas will all consider seeing this film. So I’m very excited to see how this grosses!

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