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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:
21 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 » | Full synopsis »
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(6 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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
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)

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 (as Pino Ferranti)
 
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Caroline Munro's scene was shot in a single day.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 »
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Soundtrack:
I'm the Warrior of LoveSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Could be woise..., 8 August 2010
Author: ofumalow from United States

The only movie directed by 1950s Hollywood costume hunk turned Euro-exploitation regular Edmund Purdom (at least partly--someone else is credited with directing "additional scenes," probably including the nudity inserts) is a typical 1980s slasher involving disco, sexually active youth, and crudely done gory deaths.

I saw it in a budget packet of "Drive-In Movie Classics" that clearly used a 3rd-generation VHS dupe--so I can't fairly judge the film's visual presentation, which seems professional enough. It's odd that at age 60 Purdom suddenly decided to try directing, let alone on such an obviously cheesy project.

This being a British film, the performances are competent despite the script's utterly shallow depths--no doubt everyone was conservatory-trained. At times the film feels jumpy, as if scenes (or just violent bits) were coarsely edited out. Even so, one murdered Santa is garroted, then thrust face-first onto a sausage grill. It's a Brit giallo that's not all bad, or as utterly formulaic as many slashers from the era, but it sure isn't inspired.

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