VIOLENT NIGHT – Review by TJ Callahan

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Violent Night: Bah Humbug Mother F*+!er

Violent Night, bloody night!
All is NOT calm, all will give you a fright.
Round yon father, mother and child.
In a hostage situation where all goes wild,
Santa makes violence cease,
Santa keeps the family peace.

Violent Night is Die Hard meets Home Alone. Our favorite Christmas flicks are mashed up in a night of mayhem with a less than sober Santa slaying the day.

Jason Lightstone, his estranged wife Linda, and daughter Trudy travel to Connecticut to be with his extremely wealthy yet dysfunctional family at their estate on Christmas Eve where a gang of bandits, led by John Leguizamo, invade the clan and hold them hostage. Unbeknownst to all but young Trudy, Santa Claus is on property delivering gifts when he’s called into action.

David Harbour, of Stranger Things fame, is the not so jolly sledgehammer and spirits slamming Saint Nick who’s ready to give up his high flying life on the road. It’s driving him to drink. He makes Bad Santa look like a pansy. You don’t want to be on his naughty list. He has a resting Grinch face.

Despite being such a crass Kris Kringle, Harbour manages to spread some holy day magic in this far-fetched, R rated fracas that will leave the blood splattered audience cheering at the end of this Yuletide yarn.

Parents, don’t let your kids sit on this Santa’s lap, but if you’re in the mood to get your own tinsel in a tassel, Violent Night gets a 7. It may be a new holiday tradition? My husband Ricky kept 2 👀 open.

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T. J. Callahan

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and streaming on Radio Brave. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.