5.7/10
722
10 user 16 critic

Christmas on Mars (2008)

Not Rated | | Music, Sci-Fi | 24 May 2008 (USA)
Trailer
1:27 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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.

Directors:

Wayne Coyne, Bradley Beesley (co-director) | 1 more credit »

Writer:

Wayne Coyne
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Steven Drozd ... Major Syrtis
Wayne Coyne ... Alien Super-Being
Steve Burns ... Major Lowell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Armisen ... Noachis
Scott Booker ... Sirenum
Al Cory Al Cory ... Lucus
Dennis Coyne Dennis Coyne ... Herschel
Kenny Coyne Kenny Coyne ... Ed Fifteen
Mark DeGraffenried Mark DeGraffenried ... Captain Icaria
Adam Goldberg ... Mars Psychiatrist
Freddy Harth Freddy Harth ... Lunae
Peter Hermes Peter Hermes ... Arsia
Josh Higgins Josh Higgins ... Simud
Ellen Isbell Ellen Isbell
Michael Ivins ... Deuteronilus
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Psychological Fantasy Adventure Featuring The Flaming Lips See more »

Genres:

Music | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Flaminglips.com

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Eight years in the making. Director Wayne Coyne built much of the set in his back yard, as shown in the documentary The Fearless Freaks (2005). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Major Syrtis: They look like two moths, hovering around that light. Two moths. That's always haunted me. I must've been ten years old. Two little moths, sitting together on the window sill. I don't know why I did it. They were just sitting there, trying to stay alive. Just trying to enjoy their existence. And I just squished them. I wish I could go back, and change it. But I squished them. They never knew some larger force in the universe could show mercy on them. I wish I would have.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Jingle Bell Rocks! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
Composed by Franz Xaver Gruber (Franz Xaver Gruber)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Christmas on Mars
20 September 2010 | by kindigthSee all my reviews

Christmas on Mars, the debut feature of Wayne Coyne and my beloved Flaming Lips, is just as psychotic, obtuse, and delightfully up its own ass as anyone familiar with the band might expect. The film is centered around a small human colony on Mars, its patrons just barely coping with existential despair in the face of vacuous space as Christmas approaches--of course.

The medium offers mixed returns for the Lips: besides its obvious psychedelic opportunities, film allows Coyne and company to occasionally subvert cultural iconography and to deliver an endless barrage of vaginal imagery; the former visual tactic being arguably more artful. Film also means dialog, however, which isn't Coyne's strong suit: where his music often packs big ideas into few words, his sprawling drugisms have trouble supporting a narrative diegesis.

If there's one thing that's truly excellent about the film, it's the trippy, operatic music--one wishes the Lips were approached for film scores more often. It is also buoyed by a few fun performances: guitarist Steven Drozd is charismatically subdued, and Mark DeGraffenried adds an essential sense of humor as the foul-mouthed Captain Icaria. I can't say how well this film will play to those uninitiated in the Flaming Lips' discography, but for those of us who are fans, there's a certain pleasure of recognition in seeing Wayne Coyne in green antennae inexplicably dropping out of space to don a Santa suit: it's completely unexpected, and that's just what we expect. -TK 9/21/10


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed