Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)


The movie Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984) is a British slasher film directed by Edmund Purdom and starring Purdom, Alan Lake, Belinda Mayne, and Gerry Sundquist[2]. The film follows a mysterious killer murdering Santa Claus impersonators in London during Christmastime. Scotland Yard detectives, played by Edmund Purdom and Mark Jones, are tasked with stopping the killer before he strikes again[6].

The movie opens with a man dressed as Santa Claus being stabbed to death by an unknown assailant. The killer continues to target anyone dressed as Santa Claus, including a man in a Santa suit who is pushed onto the subway tracks and a Santa Claus stripper who is strangled to death[3].

As the detectives investigate the murders, they encounter a variety of suspects, including a jealous husband, a disgruntled Santa Claus impersonator, and a man who was traumatized by a childhood experience with Santa Claus[5].


  • Edmund Purdom as Inspector Harris
  • Mark Jones as Detective Sergeant Powell
  • Alan Lake as Giles Barton
  • Belinda Mayne as Kate Brioski
  • Gerry Sundquist as Cliff Boyd


  • The movie was directed by Edmund Purdom, who also starred in the film as Inspector Harris.
  • Don’t Open Till Christmas was released in the UK on December 7, 1984.
  • The film was banned in the UK for several years due to its graphic violence and sexual content[2].



  1. IMDb
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Macabre Daily – Retro Review
Last updated byAnonymous on November 1, 2023