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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 Harris
Alan Lake Alan Lake ... Giles
Belinda Mayne Belinda Mayne ... Kate
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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The TERROR is WAITING... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Pat Astley's last film. See more »

Goofs

A fake Santa Claus has his occipital lobe blown out; there's minimal blood spattered on the wall behind the victim, when there would've been a whole lot more. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a version hosted by Bailey Jay that was put online. See more »

Connections

References Flashdance (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm the Warrior of Love
(uncredited)
Sung by Caroline Munro
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CHEESY 80's SLASHER!!
12 January 2000 | by psycho_153See all my reviews

This movie is pretty lame, but not unwatchable. The acting is cheesy and the killing scenes are ultra cheese, but I did like the killer, his face (mask) was cool and when he talked to the girl he chained up his voice was great. It was an interesting concept but the makers didn't maake it solid enougth, a lot of loose ends, and holes in the plot. The story is 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. It's a very cheesy flick, special effects arn't great but a good watch if you like 80's slashers.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Open Till Christmas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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