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Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)

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 overview, first billed only:
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 ...
Wendy Danvers ...
Nicholas Donnelly ...
Doctor Bridle (scenes deleted)
Pat Astley ...
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


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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Release Date:

21 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fröhliche Weihnacht  »

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was released after the death of one of the main actors Alan Lake. See more »


When the inspector visits Kate's apartment to discuss the attack on Sharon, Kate asks what happened, but her mouth does not move. See more »


Referenced in The Making of a Horror Film (1984) See more »


I'm the Warrior of Love
Sung by Caroline Munro
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Could be woise...
8 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The only movie directed by 1950s Hollywood costume hunk turned Euro-exploitation regular Edmund Purdom (at least partly--someone else is credited with directing "additional scenes," probably including the nudity inserts) is a typical 1980s slasher involving disco, sexually active youth, and crudely done gory deaths.

I saw it in a budget packet of "Drive-In Movie Classics" that clearly used a 3rd-generation VHS dupe--so I can't fairly judge the film's visual presentation, which seems professional enough. It's odd that at age 60 Purdom suddenly decided to try directing, let alone on such an obviously cheesy project.

This being a British film, the performances are competent despite the script's utterly shallow depths--no doubt everyone was conservatory-trained. At times the film feels jumpy, as if scenes (or just violent bits) were coarsely edited out. Even so, one murdered Santa is garroted, then thrust face-first onto a sausage grill. It's a Brit giallo that's not all bad, or as utterly formulaic as many slashers from the era, but it sure isn't inspired.

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