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4 items from 2011

Santa Claus Conquers The Martians Tops Worst Christmas Movie Poll

16 December 2011 12:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Festive flop Santa Claus Conquers The Martians has topped a new poll to find the worst Christmas movie ever made.

Movie website Fandango.com teamed up with WENN to find the ultimate holiday turkey and the 1964 Nicholas Webster film was the clear 'winner'.

In fact the film, which picked up 23 per cent of the total vote, was always out in front - ahead of Christmas non-crackers like Silent Night, Deadly Night and Arnold Schwarzenegger's Jingle All The Way.

The poll launched on 1 December and more than 3,000 film fans voted. Here are the results:

1. Santa Claus Conquers The Martians

2. Silent Night, Deadly Night

3. Jingle All The Way

4. Jack Frost

5. Santa With Muscles

6. Ernest Saves Christmas

7. Home Alone 3

8. Deck The Halls

9. Surviving Christmas

10. Christmas With The Kranks. »

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Santa Claus Conquers The Aliens Leads Bad Christmas Movie Poll

9 December 2011 8:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A dreadful far-fetched festive caper from 1964 is on course to top the first WENN/Fandango.com Worst Christmas Movie Ever Made poll in the week it's set to be re-released in the U.S.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is regarded by many critics as the jingle bomb of Christmas flops, and it appears film fans agree.

Thousands of moviegoers have responded to the poll on website Fandango.com and 21 per cent have picked director Nicholas Webster's so-bad-it's-good film, which cost a mere $20,000 (£12,500) to make - and it shows.

Ironically, the film, which opened in just 100 theatres almost 50 years ago, is set to open in more than 200 select cinemas across the U.S. beginning this weekend.

With a week to go before the poll closes, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians leads with three per cent more than festive horror film Silent Night, Deadly Night, while Michael Keaton's Jack Frost comes in third with 12 per cent of the vote.

Also making the top five: Arnold Schwarzenegger's Jingle All The Way and Hulk Hogan's Santa With Muscles.

The final results of the poll will be revealed by WENN next week. »

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Santa Claus Re-Conquering the Martians in Theaters on December 2nd

21 November 2011 10:27 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Theatrically re-releasing popular films from the past is a trend that seems to be on the rise. Ghostbusters got another theatrical run this past October. Star Wars and Titanic will be returning to theaters in 3D next year. So why not Santa Claus Conquers the Martians?

Holland Releasing is behind what is being billed as Santa’s Cool Holiday Festival, or as I feel compelled to call it, “The First Annual Public Domain Christmas Kitsch Filmstravaganza!”

You’ll see a pair of vintage Technicolor Fleischer Brothers Christmas cartoons.

You’ll see rare holiday shorts featuring Howdy Doody, Ozzie & Harriet, and ventriloquist Shari Lewis with her puppet Lambchop.

You’ll see a series of old “Greetings from Theater Management” trailers.

Most importantly, you’ll see a digitally restored print of the all-time bad movie holiday classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians directed by Nicholas Webster. The producers are promising that Pia Zadora »

- Foywonder

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Alan Alda: Oscar Veterans 2004

18 February 2011 5:07 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Alan Alda in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator William Hurt: Oscar Veterans 2005 Alan Alda Alan Alda, nominated as Best Supporting Actor for Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. He lost to Morgan Freeman in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby. That was Alda's first nomination. Best known for the long-running 1970s television series M*A*S*H, Alda has appeared in more than 30 motion pictures since his 1963 debut in Nicholas Webster's Gone Are the Days! Among his credits are Herbert Ross' California Suite (1978), Robert Mulligan's Same Time Next Year, Jerry Schatzberg's The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979), Alda's own Four Seasons (1981), and Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). »

- Steve Montgomery

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