Don't Open Till Christmas
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Even with these various handicaps this film was still able to charm it's way into my heart. A masked mad man is killing off anyone dressed as Santa Claus. There is plenty of gore, a high body count, and some beautiful naked women. It's a fantastic 80's slasher film. If you hate Christmas this is a special treat not to be passed up.
The picture is viewable but could have been cleaned up a bit.
There a few scenes that cut away. Since this is my first time viewing this film, I do not know if this version is edited of content.
Other then that, the film is fine. I like the trailers for older films and wish they could have added that as well.
As you might be able to guess from the synopsis above, Don't Open Till Christmas doesn't always make a lot of sense but that's okay. That's part of the film's odd charm. Don't Open Till Christmas is a fast-paced and rather mean-spirited slasher film and, if you're a fan of the old school exploitation and grindhouse films of the late 70s and early 80s, you'll find a lot to enjoy here. And if you're not -- well, then you probably wouldn't be considering buying this film in the first place.
I should add that both the picture quality and the audio quality on this DVD are not the best. However, it's not bad enough to serve as a major distraction and considering that this film was made to be seen in the old grindhouse theaters of 42nd Street, the film's rough edges actually add to the experience of watching it.
Finally, Caroline Munro shows up about halfway through this film playing...herself! She's only in the film for a little over five minutes but still; she makes any film worth watching. She even sings an amazingly dated disco song. Now, seriously, what fan of exploitation cinema could possibly say no to that?
The effects aren't top notch but they're watchable. With all the deaths going down, it's apparent that if you're planning a career as Santa Claus, this film could make you think twice. I've already mentioned above what should be taken as apparent weaknesses, but for this review I'll be checking the list twice, all for your own merry fun. The killer does some pretty stupid moves; the movie wouldn't work otherwise right? The script, penned with spirit by Derek Ford, works for the type of film it is but of course has flaws, and at time the pace lags a bit.
The score is more mind numbing than thrilling, and the ending explanation for the killer's reasoning seems a bit forced and unbelievable, but hey, it's yet another killer Christmas movie and beggars can't always be choosers. Overall, I doubt anyone would love this film, but many will like it for what it is. There's always a shortage of holiday related slaughter flicks, so I suggest you watch them all so that you have theme related horror laying around to view when the relatives impose as December rolls around.
Maybe when your spirits are a bit down and your pockets are empty, when the kids are screaming to open yet another early present and the in-laws are on the plane coming for that yearly visit, you'll be able to get into the Christmas slaughter mood that much easier. Trust me, Don't Open Till X-mas can help. But just in case, have some extra eggnog laying around.
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Originally saw this on Netflix and loved it so much i bought it. Great movie for any horror collectors set!!!!Published 2 months ago by Jamie
This movie was not what I expected at all. I am all about finding a good Christmas slasher movie, but this movie is just plain stupid. Read morePublished 18 months ago by nolaboy2003
I thought it might be like Slinet Night Deady Night.But not really.It is about person who goes around,killing Santa,s,not really anybody else. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Roy
DON'T OPEN TILL CHRISTMAS is sort of a reverse take on movies like CHRISTMAS EVIL, SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT, etc. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
If you enjoyed this review, make sure to check out my horror movie review blog at: brandoncsites.blogspot. Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by Brandon Sites
The movie is awfully bad, actually it contains so much plot holes and logical problems that it becomes laughable and extremely entertaining. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Frederic Dussault
I appreciate Mondo Macabro's new transfer and uncut version of DOTC. The film print isn't perfect, but a movie like this was never a thing of beauty, so it's not Mondo's fault. Read morePublished on December 10, 2011 by B-Movie Man