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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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)
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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 TERROR is WAITING... 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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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Caroline Munro's scene was shot in a single day. See more »

Goofs

When one of the fake Santas' has a bottle smashed over his head, there's no sound to accompany it. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Slumber Party Massacre III (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm the Warrior of Love
(uncredited)
Sung by Caroline Munro
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A great film for any time in the year
14 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

One of my all time favourite movies. Purely for it's one of a kindness. There will never be another film made like this. Though i can understand that it's not to everyones taste, but most films aren't to my taste. This film is inept, badly acted, poorly directed and a bit of a mess, but for my personal tastes, these things all work in it's favour. The DVD is cut and doesn't include the Santa that gets shot in the head. The sequences have also been rearranged for the DVD release. There is also a making of documentary for this film ('The Making Of A Horror Movie') which is well worth seeking out and goes some way to explain the less than perfect end product. It is interesting to see the amount of time that was spent on the gory make up for this film. The effects, while only fleetingly shown in the film are actually very competent, especially considering the movies low budget. If you like inept, one of a kind movies check this out.


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