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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians [VHS] (1964)

John Call , Leonard Hicks , Nicholas Webster  |  NR |  VHS Tape
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Call, Leonard Hicks, Vincent Beck, Bill McCutcheon, Victor Stiles
  • Directors: Nicholas Webster
  • Writers: Paul L. Jacobson, Glenville Mareth
  • Producers: Arnold Leeds, Joseph E. Levine, Paul L. Jacobson
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home E
  • VHS Release Date: August 24, 1994
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300147789
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,577 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars S-a-n-t-a C-l-a-u-s, Hooray for "Santy" Claus December 19, 2003
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antenna-spouting helmets on their heads at all times, but now the children of Mars are all acting depressed and withdrawn; all they want to do is sit and watch Earth TV.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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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best version on DVD. November 9, 2004
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jolly Yuletide Classic December 21, 2004
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Come on.....it ain't THAT bad! October 9, 2001
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
In every film buff's library there are always a selection of films that you would ordinarily say "just don't fit in with your overall collection of classics", and I would have to say that the infamous "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians", is definitely one of them. This film is a favourite target of those "fifty worst films of all time" lists and in some respects it has most definately earned a place on them. However it's far from the worst film ever made and indeed holds fond memories for this viewer at least when it used to have a regular screening on our local television each Christmas morning when I was a child. With its totally crazy title, a total budget that wouldn't match your weekend grocery bill, and laughable special effects, costumes and performances it is a definite Christmas curiosity to cherish always and which could only have been produced during the 1960's.

The highly original or if you prefer crazy story of this Christmas children's movie opens on Mars where there seems to be a strange malady affecting all of Mars' children. They dont talk, they dont play, and they dont eat, all they seem content doing is watching the television shows from earth which amazingly can also be seen on mars. Worried about what is happening to the children of Mars and to his own two children Bomar (Chris Month), and Girmar (Pia Zadora)in particular, Kimar, the leader of the Martians (Leonard Hicks), decides to investigate what it is that fascinates his children so much about earth television. On the screens are repeated images of a strange fellow called Santa Claus dressed in a red and whit ecoat who seems to spread good cheer among children all over the Planet Earth.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be worse
Terrible in every way......
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
its an ok movie and not bad for the era
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brings back childhood memories
Published 2 months ago by georgia green
5.0 out of 5 stars yes we're slightly loony at our house
I have never watched this movie that i didn't laugh, we wore out our VHS copy and i was thrilled to get another one to replace it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Vickie Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite bad movies of all time!
An absolute, must-have in any collection. Familiar, TV actors Vincent Beck, Ned Wertimer, Jamie Farr and a young Pia Zadora star in this always hilarious... Read more
Published 5 months ago by brian schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Better colors, clarity, & quality. Looks remastered.
I've only watched this via streaming/Roku. Looks how I assume it's meant to look. After years of watching dollar-store faded copies, this version doesn't look like a copy of a copy... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Swamp Thing
5.0 out of 5 stars How to rate movies you watch, and my rating for a wonderful low-budget...
My review is further below.

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Published 7 months ago by BytemanProofreader at Gmail
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
If you are into movies that are so bad that they're good, you should watch Santa Clause Conquers The Martians. The film is so low budget and tacky, but it's hilarious. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars old sci-fi
never seen it before though it was a good idea the film had
degraded so watching was a little difficult
Published 9 months ago by BRIAN R SULLIVAN
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Movie I've Seen
I was curious. About 5 minutes was all I could stand. I am 60 and this is the worst movie I've seen to date. I doubt I will live long enough to see one more awful. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J.T.K.
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