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Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  21 December 1984 (USA)
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Somebody with very little Christmas spirit is killing anyone in a Santa suit one London holiday season, and Scotland Yard has to stop him before he makes his exploits an annual tradition.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edmund Purdom ...
Inspector Ian Harris
Alan Lake ...
Giles Harrison
Belinda Mayne ...
Kate Briosky
Mark Jones ...
Detective Sergeant Powell
Gerry Sundquist ...
Cliff Boyd
Kelly Baker ...
'Experience' Girl
Kevin Lloyd ...
Gerry
Wendy Danvers ...
Housekeeper
Nicholas Donnelly ...
Doctor Bridle (scenes deleted)
Pat Astley ...
Sharon
Laurence Harrington ...
Kate's Father (as Lawrence Harrington)
Ken Halliwell ...
Restaurant Commissionaire
Ray Marioni ...
Maitre d'hotel
Wilfred Corlett ...
'Experience' Santa Claus
Ricky Kennedy ...
Theatre Santa Claus
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Storyline

A murderer is running loose through the streets of London, hunting down men dressed as Santa and killing them all in different, and extremely violent, fashions. Inspector Harris has decided to take on the unenviable task of tracking down the psychopath, but he's going to have his work cut out for him. Only the suspicious reporter, Giles, seems to offer the Inspector any promising leads. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Gift of Terror That Just Won't Wait See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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21 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fröhliche Weihnacht  »

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Trivia

Pat Astley's last film. See more »

Goofs

The title card reads "DONT OPEN TILL CHRISTMAS", missing the apostrophe in "don't". See more »

Connections

Featured in Don't Scream: It's Only a Movie! (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm the Warrior of Love
(uncredited)
Sung by Caroline Munro
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Purdom tries to top Pieces
15 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is great to be honest. It's far from scary, but it's a top line cheesy eighties slasher film, full of quirks and the usual madness that makes films like Pieces so great. Plus, it has a brain damaging ending. What else can you ask for? A killer is targeting people dressed as Santa. It's up to Edward (Edmund? I can't be bothered checking) Purdom, who's a cop, to stop whoever it is. This isn't your usual slasher flick. There's no teenage annoyances here, and most of the film is set in Soho, London. The list of suspects isn't that huge either (although I did get the identity of the killer wrong) and the 'final girl' isn't who you'd expect it to be.

Quirks? There's a musical number (dig that hairdo!), a bit of gore, some of the most bluntest nudity you'll see, heaps of sexism, daftness, and, as I mentioned, the ending will have you weeping tears of laughter. I loved it. Not essential, mind you, but it's a keeper.

Purdom is just as daft here as he was in Pieces, but this time he directs also.


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