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Don't Open Till Christmas
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Director:
Writers:
Alan Birkinshaw (additional scenes written by)
Derek Ford (written by)
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Release Date:
December 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Gift of Terror That Just Won't Wait See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(8 articles)
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Purdom tries to top Pieces See more (33 total) »

Cast

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Edmund Purdom ... Inspector Ian Harris
Alan Lake ... Giles
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
Ken Halliwell ... Restaurant Commissionaire
Ray Marioni ... Maitre d'hotel
Wilfred Corlett ... 'Experience' Santa Claus
Ricky Kennedy ... Theatre Santa Claus
Sid Wragg ... Dungeon Santa Claus
Max Roman ... Store Santa Claus
George Pierce ... Market Santa Claus
Ashley Dransfield ... Drunken Santa Claus
Derek Ford ... Circus Santa Claus
Adrian Black ... Circus Santa
John Aston ... Santa Claus in Car
Maria Eldridge ... Girl in Car
Des Dolan ... Detective Constable
Derek Hunt ... Police Constable
Paula Meadows ... Dungeon Secretary

Caroline Munro ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Randall ... Party Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Edmund Purdom 
 
Writing credits
Alan Birkinshaw (additional scenes written by) (as Al McGoohan)

Derek Ford (written by)

Produced by
Stephen Minasian .... producer (as Steve Minasian)
Dick Randall .... producer
 
Original Music by
Des Dolan 
 
Cinematography by
Alan Pudney (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ray Selfe 
 
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Ferranti .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Christopher Courtney .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Birkinshaw .... director: additional scenes (as Al McGoohan)
 
Special Effects by
Peter Litton .... special effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Fonseca .... stills photographer
John Ward .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
John Ward .... camera operator (uncredited)
John Ward .... director of photography: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stephen Minasian .... presenter (as Steve Minasian)
Dick Randall .... presenter
 
Crew believed to be complete


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  • British Rail Travellers Fare  the producers wish to thank for their assistance in this motion picture (as British Rail Traveller's Fare)
  • Kensington Gore  the producers wish to thank for their assistance in this motion picture
  • London Dungeon  the producers wish to thank for their assistance in this motion picture (as The London Dungeon)
  • Piccadilly Theatre, The  the producers wish to thank for their assistance in this motion picture
  • Scotland Yard  the producers wish to thank for their assistance in this motion picture
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86 min
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Trivia:
Pat Astley's last film.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The title card reads "DONT OPEN TILL CHRISTMAS", missing the apostrophe in "don't".See more »
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Soundtrack:
I'm the Warrior of LoveSee more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Purdom tries to top Pieces, 15 August 2011
Author: Bezenby from United Kingdom

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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