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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Inspector Ian Harris
Alan Lake ... Giles Harrison
Belinda Mayne ... Kate Briosky
Mark Jones ... Detective Sergeant Powell
... Cliff Boyd
Kelly Baker ... 'Experience' Girl
Kevin Lloyd ... Gerry
Wendy Danvers ... Housekeeper
Nicholas Donnelly ... Doctor Bridle (scenes deleted)
... 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
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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 »

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21 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Fröhliche Weihnacht  »

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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

One of the fake Santa stumbles inside the London Dungeon; before he turns around and winces at the adjacent guillotine, the camera's shadow can be briefly seen. See more »

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Featured in The Cinema Snob: Don't Open Till Christmas (2009) See more »

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I'm the Warrior of Love
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Sung by Caroline Munro
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CHEESY 80's SLASHER!!
12 January 2000 | by See 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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