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Don't Open Till Christmas

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It's Christmas time in London - the season of good will to all men. A time for celebration, a time for family, a time for presents. This year it's also time for a masked maniac to be let loose on the streets. His intended victims are chosen at random - but they have one thing in common: they are dressed in the flowing white beard and bright red robes of Santa Claus.
The killer selects different methods to fulfill his grisly task...
Special Features
  • Brand New Anamorphic Transfer
  • 52 Minute Making Of
  • Documentary About Producer Dick Randall
  • Trailers
  • Extensive Production Notes
  • Mondo Macabro Previews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Edmund Purdom, Alan Lake, Belinda Mayne
  • Directors: Edmund Purdom
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Mondo Macabro
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,282 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By E. King on October 15, 2007
First off I would like to say that the picture quality of this is not the greatest (fullframe transfer,7 out of 10). The audio is also below par (constant crackling). There are no bonus features aside from an optional scene selector and a pics gallery of frozen frames from the film.
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Pierre on December 23, 2008
I was reading a Christmas triva book and they had this film in there. It sounded like a good movie, so I checked it out to see if it was on dvd. The price is still up, even for a used copy. However, its well worth the price you pay for the film. The story is simple and I liked the flow of the film, and there is plenty of good kills. I'd check it out but here are a few flaws I noticed with the film

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Ellis on January 14, 2012
Format: DVD
Taking place in some of grimiest streets to be found in all of London, the movie tells the story of what happens when a razor-wielding psycho decides to kill anyone dressed up as Santa Claus. Luckily for him, it's the Christmas season so the streets are literally crawling with potential victims. Can a dedicated police detective (played by Edmund Purdom, who also directed the majority of the film before the producers took it away from him) solve the murders? Will the sex trade worker who witnessed one of the murders manage to escape the killer? And, most importantly, why don't people just stop dressing up as Santa until this killer is caught?

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?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gooniemcfly on July 4, 2012
Format: DVD
Ok, there are really great runners-up like To All A Goodnight and Black Christmas (original) but just the body count alone plus the greatest de-penising ever captured on film and now in the best picture quality ever is all one can ask for. Seriously this release has a very clear picture. If it ever hits Blu-ray it might be even better but I will gladly accept this for now. Anyway, this is going for 15 - 20 bucks as of this date and it is definitely worth it. Not just the greatest Christmas slasher of all time but maybe even the best slasher of all time. The story goes like this: Somebody has a fetish for going around and killing guys dressed up as Santa in Bloody Ol' England. Plenty of suspects abound. What's cool is the shear number of these fake Santa who get slayed and in many gruesome and creative ways. This was still 1984 when it was allowed to show a great deal of gore and violence and this movie really benefits from that. There are a couple of extras on here about the producer and about the production. I've got to state it again, the picture quality is amazing. See it for yourself if you DARE!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paperbackstash on September 20, 2013
Format: DVD
This movie holds surprisingly high amounts of nudity and cheap gore. It doesn't try to be serious, and it especially doesn't seek out to enhance the Christmas mood. Instead it seems more determined to give young males presents by having naked young woman flash their assets, while pleasing B-movie hounds with it's odd gore, strange story, and basically random violence, all the while trying to make a tad bit of sense.

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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