I don't know who would want to watch this, but if you want to see what passed for a Christmas holidays film, then be sure to feast your eyes on Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, a heartwarming tale of how the Martians kidnap Santa because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents -- awww, boo-hoo. Yes, that's a giant cardboard robot behind Santa, who looks about as scary as the hair-dryer weapons.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (also titled Santa Claus Defeats the Aliens) is a 1964 science fiction film that regularly appears on lists of the worst films ever made. It is regularly featured in the "bottom 100" list on the Internet Movie Database, and was also featured in an episode of the 1986 syndicated series, the Canned Film Festival. It was directed by Nicholas Webster, and it stars John Call as Santa Claus. It also includes an 8-year-old Pia Zadora playing the role of one of the Martian children.
The film took on newfound fame in the '90s after being featured on an episode of the comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000. It became a holiday staple on the Comedy Central cable channel in the years following its 1991 premiere, helping it become one of the series' most popular episodes. It has since found new life again in the 2000s having been riffed by Cinematic Titanic, which includes five former cast members from MST3K, as of November 2008.
The film recently passed into the public domain, making it legal for it to be posted online or broadcast in its entirety without licensing charges.
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