Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

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Director: Nicholas Webster, James Cahill, Josip Elic, Lelia Martin

Cast: Nicholas Webster, James Cahill, Josip Elic, Lelia Martin

     
 

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Alien invaders kidnap everyone's favorite right jolly old elf in this low-budget mixture of children's comedy and sci-fi adventure. Christmas is not far away, and countless children are glued to their family's TV sets, watching reports about Santa Claus (John Call). However, this is happening on Mars, and leaders of the Red Planet aren't sure what to do for their kids

Overview

Alien invaders kidnap everyone's favorite right jolly old elf in this low-budget mixture of children's comedy and sci-fi adventure. Christmas is not far away, and countless children are glued to their family's TV sets, watching reports about Santa Claus (John Call). However, this is happening on Mars, and leaders of the Red Planet aren't sure what to do for their kids who are pining away for a visit from the gift-bearing earthling. Martian leader Kimar (Leonard Hicks) dispatches two of his emissaries, the chronically grumpy Voldar (Vincent Beck) and the moronically cheerful Dropo (Bill McCutcheon), to Earth to bring Santa back for a visit. After arriving on Earth, Voldar and Dropo abduct two children, Betty (Donna Conforti) and Billy (Victor Stiles), and order the kids to show them the way to Santa's workshop, from which all three are taken to Mars against their will. As Santa, Betty, and Billy try to find a way back to Earth, Voldar becomes enraged with the Earth kids, while the children bond more comfortably with the intellectually-challenged Dropo. Shot on a shoestring budget on Long Island, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians has developed a rabid cult following over the years, and yes, it's true, Kimar's daughter Girmar really is played by a ten-year-old Pia Zadora.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Santa Claus Conquers The Martians is a movie that, on its face -- simply based on its title, as well as its reputation -- seems difficult to defend. But if one allows for the fact that it is simply a goofy low-budget, independently-shot kids' film from 1964, the picture does offer a certain charm that eludes critics who are not able to find Hollywood professionalism or ideas (or expression of them) as profound as they would like. Allowing for the fact that no one involved -- even veteran television director Nicholas Webster -- was taking any of this too seriously (or was supposed to), the actors do try hard in their roles. And it's hard to criticize too deeply anyone's work in a movie as delightfully, charmingly (and disarmingly) silly as this. It is not Twentieth Century-Fox's Miracle On 34th Street or Come To The Stable but, rather, closer to a children's entertainment of its time -- as a demonstration of that underlying reality behind this film, the Wham-O Toy Company (source of the Frisbee and other successful toys of the time) provided a lot of the props and "alien" weapons; and any kid in 1964 would have instantly recognized their products. In short, don't look for art, high or otherwise here -- just entertainment, of a goofy, cheesy kind yes, but entertainment, and some old-fashioned silly fun. And love those actors for putting as much of themselves and their talents as they did into making it. Art is isn't, and great cinema, or even good cinema it isn't, but it is a fun way to spend 80 minutes on Christmas morning, especially for audience members who were kids in the 1960s.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2012
UPC:
0738329110321
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Horizon Movies
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
68,689

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cahill Rigna
Josip Elic Shim/Torg
Lelia Martin Momar
Christopher Month Bomar
Al Nesor Stobo
Pia Zadora Girmar
Charles G. Renn Hargo
Gene Lindsey Polar Bear
Vincent Beck Voldar
John Call Santa Claus
Donna Conforti Betty
Carl Don Von Green/Chochem
Leonard Hicks Kimar
Bill McCutcheon Dropo
Doris Rich Mrs. Claus
Victor Stiles Billy
Ned Wertimer TV News Announcer
Jamie Farr Stobo

Technical Credits
Nicholas Webster Director
Roy Alfred Songwriter
Milton DeLugg Score Composer,Songwriter
George Fiala Makeup
Maurice Gordon Art Director
William Henry Editor
Paul L. Jacobson Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Arnold Leeds Producer
Joseph E. Levine Producer
Glenville Mareth Screenwriter
Ramse Mostoller Costumes/Costume Designer
David Quaid Cinematographer

Scene Index

Contains 45 Minute Archival Footage Reel; Trailer; Stills Gallery

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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a minor problem with this DVD in that it started in the middle of the title sequence. You didn't even get to see the actual title of the movie! Still a great nostalgic treat for the family, though kids today might laugh at the production values.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a little out of date, but it is okay for a low budget older film. I like how this Movie depicts two beleif extremes and meshes them in the middle somewhere. I was at the Soccorro New Mexico Encounter in 1982 when strange lights appeared on the horizon and three people from our group were missing for an hour but they don't remember a thing about what occurred. Alien encounters really happen. I feel like this film was made for people like me who enjoy good entertainment but also believe that there is something else out there.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a kid, I knew Christmas was coming when then KTLA Channel 5 Los Angeles would screen ''Santa Claus Conquers the Martians''. This movie was just stupid enough then to be funny and of course now, it's stupid enough to be a cult classic. I especially like the title song and the theme of Santa converting the insensitive, scientific, brainiac work-a-holic Martians into fun-seeking goof-offs like all the rest of us Earthlings. A low-budget classic!