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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 »
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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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Another Christmas Holiday Slasher 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
 
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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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1.66 : 1 See more »
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The film took almost two years to complete after original director Edmund Purdom quit the job and Derek Ford took over but was fired after two days. The distributors then hired Ray Selfe to complete the direction and Alan Birkinshaw to rewrite parts of the script, including the original ending and the London Dungeon sequence, and much of the footage was completely re-filmed.See more »
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Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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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I'm the Warrior of LoveSee more »

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Another Christmas Holiday Slasher, 14 August 2001
Author: matt-282 from United States

"Another Santa is slain," is the quote one person says early in this movie and that about sums it up for the outline. Set in London, England during the Christmas holiday season, someone killer is going around killing anyone dressed as Father Christmas, while two astonishingly stupid Scotland Yard detectives track him down and dither. Most of the abundant splatter is nothing new here as we see one Santa after another get either shot, stabbed, speared, burned, cleaverd, electriuted and even castrasted. Gore and splatter fans will not be disappointed. But here the victims are not the sympathetic bunch as every Santa victim is either a derelict, drunkard, drug user, or loser we most wish the killer would get. Edumond Purdom who directs and stars as the lead detective, Inspector Harris, who's in charge of investigating the murders, serves up some potential suspense and a fair amount of black humor, but the script plays it very straight.

As for the rest of the plot, although we know that Inspector Harris is not the killer, he appears to know a lot more of what's going on with the killings than the other characters, one of whom is a woman who wants the killer brought to justice since her own father was one of the many victims. The rest of the movie is not as amusing as it sounds, but one can't completely dismiss a horror film like this that piles up more victims than a room full of attorneys. Pop star Caroline Munro even makes a musical cameo appearance as herself during one of the stalking/killings which adds a fairly nice touch to such nonsense.

Contents: 14 killings; lots of messy looking corpses; a masked psycho; costumed victims; slight suspense; mediocre mystery; not bad as usual. With Pat Astley as the model who keeps removing her top.

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