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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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(8 articles)
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Immensely mean spirited and stupid, though entertaining British exploitation 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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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Movie Connections:
References Flashdance (1983)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'm the Warrior of LoveSee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Immensely mean spirited and stupid, though entertaining British exploitation, 22 January 2008
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

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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