Movies for Christmas: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians – 12 December 2017
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians – Yeah… if there ever was a movie with one of the weirdest titles in cinema history – this would be it. What would a movie countdown be without a really bad B-movie?
The plot of Santa conquers the Martians is simple: The Martians kidnap Santa because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.
Wikipedia describes Santa Claus Conquers the Martians as a 1964 science fiction film that regularly appears on lists of the worst films ever made. It is regularly featured in the “bottom 100” list on the Internet Movie Database, and was featured in an episode of the 1986 syndicated series, the Canned Film Festival.It was directed by Nicholas Webster, and it stars John Call as Santa Claus. It also includes an 8-year-old Pia Zadora playing the role of one of the Martian children and also marks the first documented appearance of Mrs.Claus in a motion picture (Doris Rich plays the role), coming three weeks before the TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer also featured the character. The film took on newfound fame in the 1990s after being featured on an episode of the comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000. The episode became a holiday staple on the Comedy Central cable channel in the years following its 1991 premiere. It has since found new life again, as it has been the subject of new riffing by Cinematic Titanic and RiffTrax, both productions of former MST3K writers and performers. The movie was also featured on the current run of Elvira’s Movie Macabre.
If you are going to watch it, please watch the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 version which is a lot funnier than the original and makes it more watchable; otherwise just watch the highlight reel for the movie.