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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

The Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.

Director:

Nicholas Webster

Writers:

Glenville Mareth (screenplay), Paul L. Jacobson (based on a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Call John Call ... Santa Claus
Leonard Hicks Leonard Hicks ... Kimar
Vincent Beck Vincent Beck ... Voldar
Bill McCutcheon ... Dropo
Victor Stiles Victor Stiles ... Billy
Donna Conforti Donna Conforti ... Betty
Chris Month Chris Month ... Bomar
Pia Zadora ... Girmar
Leila Martin Leila Martin ... Momar
Charles Renn Charles Renn ... Hargo
James Cahill James Cahill ... Rigna
Ned Wertimer ... Andy Henderson
Doris Rich Doris Rich ... Mrs. Claus
Carl Don Carl Don ... Chochem / Von Green
Ivor Bodin Ivor Bodin ... Winky
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Storyline

Martians, upset that their children have become obsessed with TV shows from Earth which extol the virtues of Santa Claus, start an expedition to Earth to kidnap the one and only Santa. While on Earth, they kidnap two lively children that lead the group of Martians to the North Pole and Santa. The Martians then take Santa and the two children back to Mars with them. Voldar, a particularly grumpy Martian, attempts to do away with the children and Santa before they get to Mars, but their leader Lomas stops him. When they arrive on Mars, Santa, with the help of the two Earth children and a rather simple-minded Martian lackey, overcomes the Martians by bringing fun, happiness and Christmas cheer to the children of Mars. Written by <srm12@ksu.ksu.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Santa Kidnapped by the Martians! Out-of-this-world fun 'n' action...as two Earth Kids are whisked away with him to Mars! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Santa Claus Defeats the Aliens See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Jalor Productions See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Martian guns are actually painted Whammo Air Blasters. See more »

Goofs

When Stobo looks in on the toy fight, the popping sounds and flying projectiles suddenly stop. The film was stopped to put the ball in his mouth. See more »

Quotes

Billy: You'll never get away with this, you Martian!
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The end credits start with "Merry Christmas", before going on to display the cast and then the lyrics to the title song. See more »

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Spoofed in Rugrats: Chanukah (1996) See more »

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Hooray for Santa Claus
Written by Roy Alfred & Milton Delugg
Performed Pia Zadora
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An American Classic of Bad Cinema
27 January 2007 | by JH_KalashnikovSee all my reviews

First I saw "Reefer Madness." It was bad, but great.

Then I saw "Plan 9 From Outer Space." Horrible, but enjoyable.

After that I saw "Robot Monster." Awful and yet spectacular.

Finally, I saw "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" Wow, how can you make a lame plot for a screenplay worse? By making a low budget film out of it. And that's just what Joseph Levine thought when he released this film onto an unsuspecting Earth. Now I ask you, is this indeed the WORST film of all time? My opinion: NO. In my translation of the meaning "bad film" means "unbearable, unwatchable and disposable." Not "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." This film is a landmark in the American motion picture industry. The makers of this film actually had the guts to create and release this film. Now that takes some serious talent! Let's not forget the actors either. Surprisingly the acting isn't nearly as bad as it's made out to be (people confuse the 'acting' with the 'plot.'). The children, the Martians and even Santa Claus make one heck of an impression on a shoe-string budget film like this (don't forget that weird professor Albert Einstein wannabe). Above all, clever a production design really create a fine sense of cheesiness. Now, how about a brand new DVD 'Special Cheesy Edition' of "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians?"

"Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" is a rare and satisfying little gem of a film that broke, no, shattered all the rules of making a "good and enjoyable" movie. Now if only the bad films we get nowadays would be as bad as this one. Then they would actually be deemed "enjoyable."

I give "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" 5 frozen-stiff elves zapped by Voldar, out of 5.

A true cinematic cult classic.


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