Chauncey -Theater 1 Wed, Dec 14, 2022 10:00 PM
Series Info
Series:Late Shift at the Grindhouse
Film Info
Runtime:86 minutes
Director:Edmund Purdom and Alan Birkinshaw (Killer's Moon)
Year Released:1986
Production Country:United Kingdom


Wednesday gets weird when Late Shift at the Grindhouse hosts Ross Meyer, Joe Derderian, and Aaron Holmgren dig up low-budget b-movies, horror and gore-fests, and camp classics for your viewing pleasure. Buy your ticket and take a ride in our Time Machine! Punch in and earn a bonus! $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon tallboys and $2 small popcorn! PLUS -- special custom trash trailer reel curated by Ross with cheap swag and prize giveaways!

Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)

Directed by Edmund Purdom and Alan Birkinshaw (Killer's Moon)

It's just days before Christmas in London, but not everyone is full of good cheer - as a maniac with a pathological hatred of Santa Claus stalks the streets, butchering any man that’s unlucky enough to be wandering around dressed as Old Saint Nick.

"Passable gore F/X like a spear through the head via the mouth, plenty of plunging knives and a castration scene that will give all guys a cold feeling deep inside.  Caroline Munro shows up in a skin tight dress so how bad can it really be?" - Ken Kish, Video Wasteland: Rental, Reference and Review Guide


"Santas are dismembered, strangled, burned, and slashed, and one Santa is castrated in a public toilet." - Michael J. Weldon, The Psychotronic Video Guide


"For 80-minutes of unintentional chuckles at the expense of a wildly inept actor-turned-filmmaker, they don't come much better than Don't Open Till Christmas." - Tim Greaves, DVD Delirium


"The repellant, ultra mean-spirited vibe of Don't Open... is to me a plus." - Michelle Alexander, Weng's Chop


“It's a marvelous, sick, fun-filled diamond in the rough that's as good of a way to spread holiday cheer as any other.” - Art Ettinger

Whatever you do, Don't Open Till Christmas. An unsung 1980s holiday slayride from the makers of Pieces, this unhinged slasher follows a psychopath as they slaughter anyone who's unlucky enough to be dressed like Santa Claus during the holiday season. The twisted maniac dishes out stabbings, gunshots, a castration (!), and even burns the face of a poor Saint Nick while he's roasting chestnuts. A fascinating and endlessly entertaining sleazefest, Don't Open Till Christmas is infamous for its shocking gore scenes and gratuitous synth-jam performance from horror icon Caroline Munro (Dracula A.D. 1972, Maniac). Newly restored from the original 35mm camera negative!