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Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)

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.

Director:

Edmund Purdom

Writers:

Alan Birkinshaw (additional scenes written by) (as Al McGoohan), Derek Ford
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edmund Purdom ... Inspector Ian Harris
Alan Lake Alan Lake ... Giles Harrison
Belinda Mayne Belinda Mayne ... Kate Briosky
Mark Jones Mark Jones ... Detective Sergeant Powell
Gerry Sundquist ... Cliff Boyd
Kelly Baker ... 'Experience' Girl
Kevin Lloyd Kevin Lloyd ... Gerry
Wendy Danvers Wendy Danvers ... Housekeeper
Nicholas Donnelly Nicholas Donnelly ... Doctor Bridle (scenes deleted)
Pat Astley ... Sharon
Laurence Harrington Laurence Harrington ... Kate's Father (as Lawrence Harrington)
Ken Halliwell Ken Halliwell ... Restaurant Commissionaire
Ray Marioni Ray Marioni ... Maitre d'hotel
Wilfred Corlett Wilfred Corlett ... 'Experience' Santa Claus
Ricky Kennedy 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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Taglines:

The Gift of Terror That Just Won't Wait See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fröhliche Weihnacht See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Although the character of Dr Bridle (played by Nicholas Donnelly) is referred to in the script he has never appeared in any print of the movie. Due to the films many production difficulties his scenes were probably filmed but deleted. See more »

Goofs

Kate screams when stabbed, even though her agape mouth doesn't stretch enough. See more »

Alternate Versions

Version released on UK DVD in 2003 restores all previous 2 minutes and 13 seconds of cuts made to the 1985 video release. However the film has been slightly re-edited, the scene in which the department store Santa (Max Roman) is castrated in the toilet has been moved to earlier on in the film replacing a murder scene in which a Santa impersonator is shot with a gun. The latter scene is missing from the disc. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Slumber Party Massacre III (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm the Warrior of Love
(uncredited)
Sung by Caroline Munro
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More seedy slasher fun from the folks who brought you Pieces!
24 April 2008 | by hypostylinSee all my reviews

Now this is what I'm talking about! I love an unabashedly terrible slasher film that revels in its own sleaziness and stupidity. From the crappy synth score to the iffy performances, I was eating Don't Open 'Til Christmas up by the shovelful. I'm not even going to begin explaining the plot -- why should the plot even matter when drunk shopping mall Santa Clauses are getting their faces burned off, eyes slashed out, and penises castrated (YES!) all around you?!

I'd never recommend this to anyone who isn't into true bottom-of-the-barrel stuff like myself, but sludge lovers will want their grimy stockings stuffed with this filthy British exploit. Let me put it this way: if you liked Pieces, you'll also dig this film (which kind of makes sense, since some of the people from Pieces worked on this). Sure, Don't Open 'Til Christmas lacks the acting chops of the Georges (that's Christopher and Lynda Day to you), but it's slightly more enjoyable in the sense that it isn't quite as misogynistic as Pieces (i.e., most of the victims in this one are male). Skeezemeister Edmund Purdom (I find him inexplicably unsettling in a creepy uncle sort of way), who was one of the headliners in Pieces, claims this gem as his one and only directing credit.


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