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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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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 ...
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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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Fourteen unforgettable kills, the ultimate festive slasher ... 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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Pat Astley's last film. See more »

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


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I'm the Warrior of Love
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Sung by Caroline Munro
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Violent and sleazy holiday hack-a-thon
5 February 2002 | by (Sendin' me a present?) – See all my reviews

We all know SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT. That controversial yuletide slasher from 1984 that had parents in a frenzy over the idea of a murderous Saint Nick. Or wait, maybe a nude Linnea Quigley impaled on reindeer antlers will jog your memory a bit better!! (haha). We also saw the little known DON'T OPEN 'TIL CHRISTMAS that year, except the fat man this time around was not a maniac-on-the-loose, but the victim instead!

"DON'T" is an incredibly violent and sleazy little picture featuring numerous Santas in Scotland Yard either impaled, torched, shot, castrated, gutted, or hacked. One cool sequence, with a star cameo from the beautiful Caroline "STARCRASH" Munro!, has a drunken Santa meat-cleavered in the face!

"DON'T" is also directed by sleazoid Edmund "PIECES" Perdom so you know you're in for a good time. It's cheesy and production values aren't the highest, but a lot of fun and certainly light years better than anything coming out of Hollywood today.


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