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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
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by PyThomas

"Please note that this rating is actually for the MST3K version."
4 stars

I guess it seemed like a good idea at the time.

And at the time it was in the middle of America's space race with the Soviets, when everybody was still overtly fascinated with the moon, Mars and other planets in the solar system. Somebody in Hollywood got a wild hare and suggested "Hey, let's put together a Christmas special featuring Santa Claus getting involved with Martians! And we'll include that guy from 'Bewitched' in the whole thing!"

Well, the movie sure seemed hastily put together. The plot involving Martian parents scheming to kidnap Santa to bring Christmas cheer to their Martian children (one of them a prepubescent Pia Zadora) was half-baked... or is there such a thing as quarter-baked...

By itself, "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" is a fruitcake of a stinker. For maximum entertainment value, get the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of this film. Like they've done with many other cinematic clunkers, the guys at Best Brains inject enough wisecracks and extra comedy material (even a song!) to make this film a hoot.

"Hooray for Santy Claus"? SANTY???? Blecch... somebody get me a South Park Xmas show right away!

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User Comments

12/20/19 dupadoit bah humbug 4 stars
12/31/10 brian At least the filmmakers have a good Santa Claus, but WOWEE what a bad movie. 1 stars
4/27/07 Sugarfoot Strictly one of the worst movies ever made. Not hilarious just plain unwatchable. 1 stars
4/20/07 David Cohen As if the title alone wasn't a tip off! Good only for a mocking laugh 1 stars
1/25/07 Ryan_A If not for MST, it'd be completely unbearable. A curiosity, for sure. 1 stars
1/12/06 Bob Jones This is about one of the coolest movies ever invented because of it's cheesyness 5 stars
8/02/05 Trick Every so often, we have a "Schlock Move Night." This one is next. 1 stars
12/21/03 Monster W. Kung Vomit-inducingly bad, and Carden, what you said doesn't make a lick of sense. 1 stars
1/04/02 Andrew Carden It's A Very Bad Movie In General, but It Can and Will Appeal To Others. 3 stars
2/27/00 Jed Bad it is, the worst movie ever it suprisingly isn't 2 stars
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  02-Dec-1964 (NR)



Directed by
  Nicholas Webster

Written by
  Glenville Mareth

  John Call
  Leonard Hicks
  Vincent Beck
  Bill McCutcheon
  Pia Zadora

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