Christmas on Mars (2008)

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Major Syrtis goes insane as he tries to improve morale in an abandoned colony on Mars through a Christmas pageant, where the first colonist baby will be born.


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Credited cast:
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Major Lowell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Al Cory ...
Dennis Coyne ...
Kenny Coyne ...
Ed Fifteen
Mark DeGraffenried ...
Captain Icaria
Mars Psychiatrist
Freddy Harth ...
Peter Hermes ...
Josh Higgins ...
Ellen Isbell


Major Syrtis goes insane as he tries to improve morale in an abandoned colony on Mars through a Christmas pageant, where the first colonist baby will be born.

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Elijah Wood and Isaac Brock recorded cameos that were left out of the final cut of the film. See more »


The Martian's forehead antennae change angles from scene to scene - sometimes they are nearly straight up, sometimes at a 45 degree angle, and in one scene one is wildly askew. See more »


Major Lowell: [to Sirenum] You have no idea what you just did! That's the problem. I'll tell you what you just did: We are fucked! We are fucked!
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Referenced in The Fearless Freaks (2005) See more »

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Moderately interesting,but not very satisfactory
8 July 2009 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

The movie Christmas on Mars was a strange creative project from the group The Flaming Lips,whose music I quite enjoy; so I had a lot of curiosity how they were going to adapt their style to a film.The result is that,while I found this film moderately interesting,I also found it to be pretty disappointing.Christmas on Mars tries too hard to be a "cult film"...which is the main mistake from all the movies which try to be cult.I think that condition only comes when the film authentically deserves it (like,for example Donnie Darko or The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension).On the contrary,making a movie intentionally bizarre or eccentric reveals some dishonesty which plays against the movie,as we can see on Christmas on Mars.If I had to make a short summary of this movie,I would say it is a combination of Eraserhead,The American Astronaut,Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,Forbidden Zone,Dark Star and 2001.On my case,that combination resulted to be moderately interesting but not very satisfactory after all.I can give a slight recommendation to this film because it has some good elements (specially,its very creative visual aesthetic),but I certainly expected more from Christmas on Mars.

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