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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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Fourteen unforgettable kills, the ultimate festive slasher ... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Caroline Munro's scene was shot in a single day. See more »

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

Alternate Versions

The West German VHS was released with a few short cuts (for example, the castration scene was shortened). See more »

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References Flashdance (1983) See more »

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I'm the Warrior of Love
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Sung by Caroline Munro
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* out of 4.
28 May 2002 | by brandonsites1981See all my reviews

One of the most troubled and delayed productions in horror cinema history is about a killer on the loose in London killing anybody wearing a Santa Claus suit.

One of the most cruel and mean spirited films ever made with a lousy ending and no payoff what-so-ever for sitting threw 90mins. of explicit murders with no plot, lousy direction (rumor has it three directors worked on this) & awful acting (watch for a silly cameo by Caroline Munro). Also film suffers from not knowing what it wants to be, a seedy sex thriller, a detective movie, or a drive in thriller. Rated R; Extreme Graphic Violence, Nudity, Sexual Situations, and Profanity.


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