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TV news anchor: "...and Mrs. Claus has positively identified the kidnappers as Martians.",
This review is from: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I absolutely love KINO and own many of their releases, which are always of the highest quality. Undoubtedly, that statement holds as true for this peculiar choice. Perhaps KINO's version may become the ultimate edition of a movie once marvelously spoofed on MST3K.
SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (1964) just may be the biggest holiday turkey in cinematic history!
It's a kiddie adventure story that's remembered (if at all) as the screen debut of Pia Zadora. Shot on a ten-cent budget in an abandoned aircraft hanger on Long Island, Santa and the Martians is a perennial favorite on almost every Worst Movie list.
Is this picture as bad as its hype? Absolutely! Would I suggest you see for yourself how awful the film really is? Hey, why not? It's good for a few laughs, some unintended of course.
SCCTM's memorably terrible melody, "Hooray For Santy Claus" was written by accordionist Milton DeLugg. His polka "Hoop Dee Doo" was popular on TV game shows. DeLugg is most famous for producing Buddy Holly's "Rave On" and most infamous for the song in this movie. He wrote the original theme to THE NEWLYWED GAME and was musical director of Chuck Barris' GONG SHOW (whenever a contestant won on this program, DeLugg's "Hoop Dee Doo" was played).
But back to the turkey on our plates. Here's my favorite bit of dialogue from SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS:
Hargo: What's soft and round and you put it on a stick and you toast it in a fire, and it's green?
Kimar: I don't know what?
Hargo: A Martian mellow.
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Initial post: Aug 4, 2012 11:44:12 PM PDT
C McGhee says:
You say, "SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (1964) just may be the biggest holiday turkey in cinematic history!" and don't add that's why it's the PLAN 9 from OUTER SPACE of Christmas movies? I disagree, this is a classic that must be watched each year during the month of December. A Cult Classic & it'll require a mea culpa from you to be considered for membership.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2012 2:16:09 PM PDT
Prosthetic Prophet says:
Exactly McGhee, this is a true cult gem but, the review above is one of the most pointless reviews ever.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2012 6:14:13 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2014 9:39:37 AM PST
Anthony mays says:
Why is the review pointless, "Prosthetic Prophet"? because she doesn't agree with YOU?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2014 12:45:03 PM PST
George O'Leary says:
Well, Annie, what you have to be careful about is to not dare criticize anything that has been slotted into a "cult" category, because then those who go through life believing everyone is entitled to an opinion just as long as it doesn't disagree with theirs come out of the woodwork. As I found out one time after posting a not-so-complimentary review of The Velvet Underground album bearing the Andy Warhol "banana" cover.
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