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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

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The biggest, most brightly-wrapped gift under the colorful Christmas tree is a new digital restoration of the unforgettable 1964 B-movie Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, best known as the screen debut of actress/singer Pia Zadora. Martians come to Earth to kidnap Santa Claus because there is no one on Mars to give their children presents. Earth kids Billy and Betty set out to save Santa and return him to Earth. The film is a baffling mixture of sci-fi, Christmas cheer and childish slapstick, all filmed in garish (or as the poster says, "Space-Blazing") color. See all this, a bouncing ball "Jingle Bells" sing-along and much more, mastered from the best surviving prints!more
Rating: PG
Genre: Kids & Family, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Glenville Mareth, Paul L. Jacobson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 23, 2004
Runtime:
Independent Pictures - Official Site

Cast

John Call
as Santa Claus
Pia Zadora
as Girmar
Carl Don
as Von Green/Chochem
Al Nesor
as Stobo
Josip Elic
as Shim/Torg
Doris Rich
as Mrs. Claus
Ned Wertimer
as Andy Henderson
Lin Thurmond
as Children's Announcer
Don Blair
as News Announcer
Gene Lindsey
as Polar Bear
Glenn Schaffer
as Santa's Helper
Ronald Rotholz
as Santa's Helper
Tony Ross
as Santa's Helper
Scott Aronesty
as Santa's Helper
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Critic Reviews for Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (2)

[A] hilariously bad stab at sci-fi.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Adults may find it obvious and as square-cut as cheese. But let's face it. From now till you-know-when, the youngsters are all that matter.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

4 stars for bad-movie buffs, 1 star for the rest of humanity.

Full Review… | December 22, 2012
Creative Loafing

This is, without exaggeration, one of the single worst films ever made, which hasn't prevented it from becoming a cult classic.

Full Review… | December 3, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A terrible product of people who wanted to appeal to kids but likely never met one in their lives...

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Cinema Crazed

Who knew this would be the pinnacle of Pia Zadora's career?

October 22, 2005
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

A cult Christmas classic, "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" concerns Martians and their selfish, perturbed children who have no fun and hope that Santa's goodwill will come to their planet. The Martians come to Earth, kidnap some kids, then Santa, and take them back to their planet. Some of the Martians dislike the idea of letting Santa on their planet, and plot to kill him and the children, but are thwarted time and again. The film isn't inherently bad: it has a logical plot, the performances aren't all that bad, and it's message of letting kids have fun is inspiring. The reason it's so ridiculous is the premise itself. That and the costuming is horrible, like, ridiculously bad. The Martians are all in green-face, the elves are all dwarves, and the Martian children look and sound like practiced wind-up dolls. While this isn't the best bad movie it's rather entertaining and fun for the entire family, even with its constant plot device of children killing alien life forms.

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Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

I just happened to catch this movie on TV the other night, unfortunately. It's got an interesting story, which may have been the inspiration for Disney's new movie Mars Needs Moms, because in this movie the kids of mars need a Santa. This movie is complete cheese, with bad actors, dialogue, special effects, directing, the works! An interesting bad movie, though.

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Aj V

Super Reviewer

In the right company and with loads of "adult" beverages, this one could be a scream. But watch it alone and you'd wish you were dead just to escape a world that would allow crap like this to be produced.

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Cindy I

Super Reviewer

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