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Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)

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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 TERROR is WAITING... See more »

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21 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fröhliche Weihnacht  »

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Trivia

Edmund Purdom agreed to star in this film only after stipulating that he also direct it. See more »

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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 »

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

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I'm the Warrior of Love
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Immensely mean spirited and stupid, though entertaining British exploitation
22 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this as part of a Christmas themed horror binge and would have to say that it was the least effective of the three films I viewed. Though I found a lot to criticise here the film is very mean and sleazy, so much so that it becomes positively smelly at times (which is of course a good thing, something I love in films). This is why I don't criticise its clear failings more. The idea of a madman killing Santa's is an endearingly cruel one and contrary to the idea of Santa being a sympathetic figure, the ones butchered here are often pretty scummy and the film defecates over all preconceptions of how a Santa should behave, or be treated. This breaking of convention provides the main enjoyment in the frequent murders, with only a small amount of suspense and slightly shoddy gore (although there are one or two great moments). There is some nudity as well to satisfy exploitation fans and in keeping with a lot of these kinda films, most of the characters are either idiots, boozehounds or just general sexist scumbags. The script does not provide any particularly likable characters, and with the possible exception of the killer, most of the acting is pretty lame too. The film is basically a bit of a turkey, but I couldn't help but find it often highly watchable and enjoyable. It's ludicrous, tasteless, sometimes nasty, often inane or insane, with a truly fetid feel to it that makes it almost the perfect corrective to Christmas cheer. One for exploitation fans and lovers of the grimier side of cinema mostly.


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