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Don’t Open Till Christmas 1984 123movies

Don’t Open Till Christmas 1984 123movies

…t'was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… they were all dead!Dec. 07, 198486 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: 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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A very, very mixed bag, but still mildly entertaining
This is a slasher that has no qualms about mimicking others, employing abundant tropes, or being extra ham-handed or even cartoonish. The very premise is rather outrageous, as no few lines of dialogue portend each on their own: “He was the victim of another Santa murder.” Make no mistake, ‘Don’t open till Christmas’ fits neatly within the genre – so neatly that one quickly wonders if “movie by numbers” isn’t an apt description. For what it’s worth, though, it at least demonstrates higher production values and more restraint than some of its brethren (contemporary, or modern for that matter), and is mildly entertaining.

However, as the saying goes, the devil is in the details.

This isn’t the type of slasher with substantial carefulness in its craft. Plot development is slow, and like the curious scene writing feels almost haphazard at points. Sequencing and editing at large are direly inelegant, and direction is more than a little slipshod, with some shots and scenes very notably suffering from a less than graceful hand. To be fair – I gather this production experienced no few problems, and changed hands multiple times, before it ever saw the light of day, so perhaps the indelicacies can be chalked up at least in part to “too many cooks.” Still, even the core narrative is a pure contrivance of cheeky horror storytelling. Connective threads between scenes and story beats are deeply questionable, and the killer’s motivations seem specious. ‘Don’t open till Christmas’ is certainly a case in which death scenes were prioritized over writing – and pretty much all else, really.

There’s broadly nothing remarkable about the performances here – though the fact of the cast in and of itself is a small bit of fun. Alan Lake’s is a very recognizable name – and Caroline Munro’s, too. Her appearance in yet another British genre film of the 70s or 80s is no real surprise, but a delight all the same. On the other hand, it’s low-key astonishing that Belinda Mayne has such a substantial part; while she clearly has no few credits, she isn’t someone who has ever been particularly prominent in cinema at large, so her involvement here is a joy. Des Dolan’s score seems a little at odds at points – occasionally reflecting other horror themes, sometimes sounding out of place with synth-driven chords that would feel more at home in a sci-fi flick – but is enjoyable nonetheless. The blood and gore is definitely over the top, but looks decent enough.

This is an oddity, and a little bit all over the board. Some scenes are written and executed reasonably well, including the climax; others far less so – and most poorly rendered of all is the reveal, paired with the climax, that would hope to explain the killing motive. So it is for almost everything about the feature, a mixed bag of minor quality and major deficiency. And still, the most significant unifying factor is that both the storytelling and film-making that would connect all the dots are terribly weak, resulting in a story and a picture that often feels disjointed, with at most a very tenuous and at times nigh invisible through line from one scene to the next. It’s as though the screenplay were founded on “Santa murders,” but the writers struggled from there on to build their work, and after a point the directors just couldn’t be bothered.

On the one hand I think I’m being too kind in my assessment – but then again, maybe I’m being too harsh. For all the clumsiness in its construction, ‘Don’t open till Christmas’ still manages to be passably entertaining. I just rather wish it were approached with more thoughtful attention; a smidgen more diligence would have gone a long way. No matter how you look at it, this is far from solid – but if you’re looking for a slasher no matter the quality, and a holiday-themed one at that, I suppose it’s serviceable. Just don’t go out of your way for it.

Recommended for fans of the cast and anyone who has a grudge against Santa.

Review By: I_Ailurophile Rating: 5 Date: 2021-12-01
DON’T OPEN TILL Christmas N/A (Edmund Purdom and, uncredited, Derek Ford, Ray Selfe and Alan Birkinshaw, 1984) *1/2
Following on from the previous decade’s BLACK Christmas (1974; easily the best of the bunch), SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT (1973) and Christmas EVIL (1980), the Eighties also saw a proliferation of Yuletide horrors like GREMLINS (1984; a Yuletide perennial during my childhood days) and the SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT franchise; this troubled production was the British contribution to that cycle. The three uncredited directors, collectively dubbed “Al McGoohan”, included screenwriter Derek Ford (whose most notable work was done in the 1960s for director Robert Hartford-Davis), editor Ray Selfe and director Alan Birkinshaw (of the reportedly just-as-abysmal KILLER’S MOON N/A fame)!

Rather than the expected ‘murderer dressed in a Santa costume’, here we have the annihilation of the persons dressing up as Father Christmas – a modus operandi that is, needless to say, triggered by a childhood trauma (involving a man in a Santa outfit who is obviously not his father shagging Mommy). Given the dearth of admirable qualities on display here (it is considered the cinematic equivalent of a Christmas turkey dinner!), there remains little for me but to describe the copious murders: from the very first sequence, we have a Santa done in through the window of his car where he is smooching his girlfriend: she, too, foolishly but predictably rushes out of the car to her death; a reluctant Santa Claus is impaled through the mouth with a spear during a Christmas party by the murderer wearing a gruesome mask…but, apart from a weak scream, none of the witnesses make any kind of reaction – not even his daughter nearby!; a street-side Santa is strangled, has his face pushed against a stove and subsequently set alight!; in the re-edited version I watched, the fifth murder – where a Santa has his brains blown away with a gun, has been removed and replaced by the later tenth(!) one of a Santa castrated with a razor in a urinal!; another Saint Nick (a lonely, middle-aged soul) unwisely takes a break from his Christmas duties to go check out a peep-show and gets his in the neck to the horror of the teasing tit-flasher in the booth (when the murderer returns to kill her, she subsequently runs out into an incongruously deserted London street!); another is stabbed in the gut via a knife-wielding shoe!; a Santa – who has taken shelter in the London Dungeon (which I visited on my first trip to the British capital in 1999) – gets it in the neck too; another receives a machete to the face and turns up on-stage during a musical performance; the heroine is strangled but subsequently found all bloodied(!?); an investigating police officer is electrocuted; the killer’s mother dies in a fall in a flashback sequence; the villain himself is thrown off the stairs at the top floor of the stripper’s flat who predictably comes back to life when she goes to check up on him!; finally, the Police Inspector on the case (though his lack of productivity eventually gets him taken off it) dies in a slow-motion bomb blast, which effectively concludes the film, when committing the titular act (why he never doubted the contents of the package is anybody’s guess)!

While the killer is seen having no qualms about stabbing a couple of females, he is clearly taken aback when a would-be Santa victim turns out to be a nude model to whom the hero had taken his bereaved girlfriend to uplift her spirits by taking part in a saucy shoot (WTF?!). The daughter of the second murdered Santa and her callous boyfriend subsequently become the relative protagonists of the piece; however, during the latter stages, it is the stripper who takes centre stage (especially since the nominal heroine is herself bumped off) – she is eventually kidnapped by the killer who intends offing her on Christmas Day (earlier, she had told the cops she might be able to recognize the murderer if he smiled at her!?). It is idiotic to have people keep turning up everywhere in Santa outfits when they are likely to be targeted by the murderer for it – neither do the local authorities issue any order to refrain from doing so for safety’s sake; in any case, the Police put Santa decoys in an effort to apprehend the killer but they only end up among his death-list, one of them messily losing an eye to him!

For no very good reason (except that her husband was behind this production), Caroline Munro appears as herself to warble a tacky song. Persistent journalist Alan Lake turns out to be the killer and Purdom’s insane brother (the heroine comes to know of his monthly visits to the ostensibly committed sibling but she is not given the opportunity to do anything about it), taking care to implant the seeds of suspicion into the mind of the latter’s direct subordinate (though he misconstrues the situation by thinking Purdom himself is the guilty party); tragically, the actor committed suicide before the film’s release as a result of the death of his wife, iconic British star Diana Dors earlier in the year!

The film (which, apparently, was not even officially released, going straight-to-video instead!) has been recently released as a SE to little fanfare on R1 DVD by esteemed cult label Mondo Macabro. For the record, it shares its producer with that of the equally execrable PIECES (1982), also featuring Purdom; the latter, then, appeared in the following horror-related films throughout his European wanderings: THE NIGHT THEY KILLED RASPUTIN (1961), Sergio Corbucci’s THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (1966), Pupi Avati’s THOMAS AND THE BEWITCHED (1970), THE FIFTH CORD (1971), LUCIFERA: DEMONLOVER (1972), Riccardo Freda’s TRAGIC CEREMONY (1972), FRANKENSTEIN’S CASTLE OF FREAKS (1974), THE NIGHT CHILD (1975), Joe D’Amato’s ABSURD (1981), the aforementioned PIECES and FRACCHIA CONTRO Dracula (1985; as the Count!).

Review By: Bunuel1976 Rating: 3 Date: 2011-12-26

Other Information:

Original Title Don’t Open Till Christmas
Release Date 1984-12-07
Release Year 1984

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 26 min (86 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Horror, Mystery
Director Edmund Purdom
Writer Alan Birkinshaw, Derek Ford
Actors Edmund Purdom, Alan Lake, Belinda Mayne
Country United Kingdom
Awards N/A
Production Company Spectacular Trading International
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

Don’t Open Till Christmas 1984 123movies
Original title Don't Open Till Christmas
TMDb Rating 5.3 25 votes

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