Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Don't Open Till Christmas - Review - @BrandonCSites / #Horror


Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984) *
D: Edmund Purdom
C: Edmund Purdom, Caroline Munro, Alan Lake, Belinda Mayne
P: A serial killer targets any and everyone that just happens to be wearing a Santa Claus outfit during the Christmas season. 

Review: What are two of the things most commonly associated with a slasher? (1.) Death sequences (2.) A final girl or in some cases a final guy. Don't Open Till Christmas gets the death sequences part right as it features some brutal and effective murders. What it gets wrong is that the film documents one murder after another. 

There are no common characters linked to each of these sequences other then a person in a Santa Claus outfit. There is no character to get to know. There is no one to care about. There is no one to sympathize with.  There is no one to identify with. There's just death, death and more death. 

After awhile, it all gets rather gloomy and repetitive. Slashers need to engage the viewer and make the viewer either hope for a character's death or survival. Here, we know the outcome of what each scene is going to be, so there really is no point. [R] 86 mins.

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