In this section of the Colossus Movie Guide for Violent Night, we will explain the film’s ending.
- Santa Claus – David Harbour
- Trudy Lightstone – Leah Brady
- Jason Lightstone – Alex Hassell
- Linda Matthews – Alexis Louder
- Mr. Scrooge – John Leguizamo
- Alva Lightstone – Edi Patterson
- Morgan Steel – Cam Gigadent
- Bertrude Lightstone – Alexander Elliot
- Gertrude Lightstone – Beverly D’Angelo
- Commander Thorp – Mike Dopud
- Candy Cane – Mitra Suri
- Tinsel – Phong Giang
- Frosty – Can Aydin
- Sugarplum – Stephanie Sy
- Krampus – Brendan Fletcher
- Gingerbread – André Eriksen
The end of Violent Night explained
Santa and Scrooge fight Mortal Kombat style. Scrooge is surprisingly good at hand to hand combat. But Santa uses his chimney powers to fatality Scrooge in spectacular fashion. But Thorp appears and shots Santa a number of times. Gertrude approaches a distracted Thorp and uses the opportunity to shoot Thorp. Santa plummets from the top of the old chimney.
Trudy, Jason, and Linda arrive. As Santa says goodbye to Trudy, the others try to save him. They all declare their belief in Santa and that activates some special Christmas magic that cures Santa of his wounds. A resurrected Santa thanks everyone, gets in his sleigh, finds a note from Mrs. Claus, then flies off to deliver the rest of the Christmas gifts.
Since “reminding adults they should believe in things” is the big theme of Violent Night, it makes sense why they’d set up a situation where the adults have to re-declare they believe in Santa. It’s a bit silly, a bit cheesy, but it gets the point across. Being cynical can lead to disaster. You can become like Scrooge. Or like Thorp. Or even be in a position like Jason and Linda. Jason has felt trapped by his mom and the Lightstone company. Which has led to him putting his job ahead of his family. Which has led to Linda losing faith in their relationship. Even Jason doubts. But the evening’s events have led them to believe again. In themselves. In one another. In their future.
Likewise, Santa was in a similar spot. He had grown cynical about his job and Christmas. He and Mrs. Claus weren’t in a good place either. But through Trudy’s belief, Santa rediscovers himself and his joy of Christmas. When he finds the note Mrs. Claus sent back with the reindeer, Santa’s happy. It seems that he’s about to begin a new chapter in his life.
What’s not clarified is what will happen to the $300 millions Jason attempted to steal from his mother. Some of it they burned to try and keep Santa warm. But a bulk of it remains. Does Gertrude let Jason keep it? She already expressed her respect for his action and explained that she had made a similar cutthroat move to take the company from her father. I believe the quote is something like, “A Lightstone takes what’s theirs.” So maybe Gertrude will say, “Go on. Take it.” I could also see her saying Jason lost possession of it so she’s reclaiming the money and expects to see him at work on Monday.
But, that’s me being cynical. If we’re to lean into the theme of belief and positivity, then let’s assume Gertrude lets Jason have the money, lets him leave the company, and gives Alva (Jason’s sister) the promotion she so craves.
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