Santa Claus Conquers the Martians 1964 UNRATED CC

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Renowned as a holiday cult classic, SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS tells the story of the depressed children of Mars. To bring them out of their funk, the Martian leaders travel to Earth and kidnap two local kids and Santa himself, forcibly installing them in a factory to make toys. But you can't manufacture happiness, and Santa must teach his alien overseers the true meaning of Christmas.

Starring:
John Call, Leonard Hicks
Runtime:
1 hour 10 minutes

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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

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Genres Science Fiction, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Nicholas Webster
Starring John Call, Leonard Hicks
Supporting actors Vincent Beck, Bill McCutcheon, Victor Stiles, Donna Conforti, Chris Month, Pia Zadora, Leila Martin, Charles Renn, James Cahill, Ned Wertimer, Doris Rich, Carl Don, Ivor Bodin, Al Nesor, Josip Elic, Jim Bishop, Lin Thurmond, Don Blair
Studio Kino International
MPAA rating Unrated
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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It's a very entertaining 'Bad Movie'.
R. Ramsey
Every now and then you hear about a movie that is so abysmally, outrageously, mind-blowingly bad that you just HAVE to watch it.
E. A Solinas
SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS, a 1964 low-budget Christmas movie, is a lot of fun to watch!
Daniel Kepley

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 19, 2003
Format: DVD
It's the kookiest Christmas ever when Santa Claus is kidnapped by Martians in this "you have to see it to believe it" Christmas "classic." Maybe you've seen this movie hilariously skewered on Mystery Science Theater 3000, but you have to watch it on its own to truly appreciate it. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is just so bad that I can't help but love it, and that explains why I am giving this deservedly one-star movie four stars. The Martian get-ups are more ridiculous than Marvin the Martian's normal attire, the sets redefine the very definition of cheap, the acting is over-the-top and generally horrible, and Santa is - well, he's just a little bit weird, if you ask me. Every time the guy starts in with his distinctive laughing (usually for no apparent reason), I am reminded of the fact that Satan is spelled with the same letters as Santa.
Things aren't going so well on Mars. It's bad enough that the Martians are all colored a ridiculous shade of green, dress like rejected superheroes, and wear ridiculous antenna-spouting helmets on their heads at all times, but now the children of Mars are all acting depressed and withdrawn; all they want to do is sit and watch Earth TV. Kimar (Leonard Hicks), the leader of Mars, seeks the advice of the planet's 800-year old wise man and is told that he must bring Santa Claus to Mars so that the children can actually have fun and be children for a little while. Voldar (Vincent Beck) opposes the plan every step of the way, arguing that Kimar's plan will soon result in a whole planet full of lily-livered, mush-brained nincompoops. Kimar wins out and sets off for Earth in the most pathetic spaceship of all time to catch Santa and bring him back to Mars - along with two Earthling children.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Brobst on November 9, 2004
Format: DVD
This DVD from Intermedia (Woodhaven), is the best version on DVD. The print quality used is much better that that used on other DVD's.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Pinkerton Snoopington on December 21, 2004
Format: DVD
Yeah, "It's a Wonderful Life" is a pretty good movie. However, the movie I joyfully watch every Christmas is about martians who, lacking a Santa Claus to bring joy to martian kids, kidnap Santa from Earth, along with two children. "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" is almost sublime in its badness, and with painted-green martials in skintight suits, a Santa with a lewd chuckle instead of a "Ho Ho Ho," incredible wooden acting by the cast (one of whom is Pia Zadora), unspeakable special effects, and a horrible theme song, it is a masterpiece of the so-bad-it's-good school of film. Just TRY getting the theme song out of your head.
The DVD from Laserlight looks exactly as one would expect it - awful. The supersaturated colour scheme has not aged well, and looks very grainy. There are many scratches, but that only adds to the film's strange charm. Unfortunately, the first fifteen seconds or so of the film's opening credits are not on this DVD, depriving loyal fans of seeing EVERY BIT of "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." Unsurprisingly, there are no extras, although the menus are pretty good.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Miluse Najmr on January 21, 2008
Format: DVD
You can get it for a dollar at Target. And, for only a dollar, it is the best value-to-price ratio ever. You and your friends will spend hours laughing at the silly quirks this movie is made up of. Voldar, Droppo, the whole gang are going to entertain your socks off.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rocketman on October 9, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Maybe I'm nuts, (some would not argue, including my wife) but I like this movie. It's one of those flicks that looks like you could make it yourself. Santa, played by John Call, looks very convincing as a Santa, but that manical laugh,(you've got to hear it). Sounds like Santa's a little deranged. Pia Zadora is cute as a little martian. It's hard to believe grown adults would wear those goofy martian helmets(they had to starving). But this is a fun movie. That bouncy theme song; Voldar the nasty martian; and, if I'm not mistaken, Stobo the martian has a striking resemblence to Jamie Farr. The final credits say Al Nesor, but I believe that was an alias acting name for Mr. Farr back then. No wonder he changed his name for the movie. See this movie with your kids, it's harmless, there is no nudity; and the violence, what little there is, is hysterical! If you like movies like Robot Monster, Plan 9 from outer space, and EEGAH! like I do, then this movie is for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Panet on November 19, 2001
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This is a classic holiday film. I used to watch it every year on TV. The only film that seemed to get more air play was "Santa and the 3 Bears." Now, at a later stage in life, I can't wait to torture, whoops, I mean entertain my two young girls with this heart-warming tale of Kris Kringle's ability to win over a warrior culture via non-violent/peaceful means. Sure, if you're an old fart and haven't seen this film before, you'll find it to be lack (it certainly lacked a budget at the time). However, if you're still a kid at heart, you can't help chuckle at this very special piece of Christmas film history.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dan on December 26, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
You've got to be in a silly or giddy mood to truly appreciate this '60's classic. From suspense formulation to character development, SCCM tosses convention aside and disobeys all film making rules. In fact, it is so poorly done, it is downright enjoyable! Enjoy it with your friends for a good laugh. Be enchanted with lovely Pia Zadora's film debut (I think) as the cute little Martian girl. Be inspired as Carl Don's character, the 800+ year old Martian wiseman, proclaims, "We Need A Santa Claus on Mars!" Get downright geocentric as the Earth's Christmas Holiday spirit prevails over the Red Planet's system of overbearing logic and Grinch-esque gloom.
Most importantly, jam to the film's wonderful jingle, "Hooray For Santa Claus", which I truly think is the best thing to come out of this movie. I believe this theme song is the most underrated Christmas carol of all time.
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