How ‘Violent Night’ pays gory homage to the booby traps in ‘Home Alone’

How ‘Violent Night’ pays gory homage to the booby traps in ‘Home Alone’

The new action-comedy takes an extremely realistic approach to the task to take down robbers.

In the action-comedy Violent Night (out Dec. 2), David Harbour‘s Santa Claus — yes, the actual mythological figure come to life — must save a young girl named Trudy (Leah Brady) by taking down a gang of goons set on robbing her rich family’s remote mansion. The film was written by Pat Casey, Josh Miller, and pays homage to Die Hard . There were many sequels and knockoffs. In fact, the original idea was “Die Hard Santa. “

But director Tommy Wirkola’s movie also tips a blood-drenched hat in the direction of Home Alone and, in particular, the brutal booby traps which Macaulay Culkin‘s Kevin McAllister sets for Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern’s thieves, which the pair somehow survive. The main difference in Violent night ? is the way that it presents itself. Without giving away too much, it is fair to say that Trudy’s traps are far more realistic and sometimes more terrifying than those of Stern and Pesci.

HOME ALONE, Macaulay Culkin; David Harbour in Violent Night

Macaulay Culkin in ‘Home Alone’ and David Harbour in ‘Violent Night’

| Credit: Everett Collection; Allen Fraser/Universal Pictures

“We loved that first Home Alone,” says Casey, who, with Miller, previously wrote 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog and its 2022 sequel. It’s a great movie that I still watch every Christmas. We’ve been discussing the fact that his booby traps can be so brutal for a long time. We thought it would be fun to do a Home Alone sequence. But, this is where you really see the inherent violence. It’s not as Looney Tune .. “

That was also very much from our pitch,” Miller says of Trudy’s booby-traps. “We knew that we wanted the film to focus on the idea that Santa would just leave these rich assholes to perish until he saw the little girl. That’s his only weakness. You know, all Die Hard knock-offs need their Al, their Reginald VelJohnson, the person who our hero’s communicating with. We knew we would have this child, but we didn’t want to be trapped with a sweet little boy who was just too cute. I think all adults [who] grew up on Home Alone think back on it and you’re like, the Wet Bandits would have died, many times over. ” The crazy thing about our sequence is that it is only a hair less violent,” Miller continues. It’s just that the consequences of our actions are real. ”

The Violent night cast also includes John Leguizamo, Beverly D’Angelo, and Beverly D’Angelo. Watch the trailer for Violent night .

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