Santa Claus Conquers the MartiansDirector: Nicholas Webster, James Cahill, Josip Elic, Lelia Martin
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.
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Cast & Crew
|Charles G. Renn||Hargo|
|Gene Lindsey||Polar Bear|
|John Call||Santa Claus|
|Carl Don||Von Green/Chochem|
|Doris Rich||Mrs. Claus|
|Ned Wertimer||TV News Announcer|
|Milton DeLugg||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Maurice Gordon||Art Director|
|Paul L. Jacobson||Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Joseph E. Levine||Producer|
|Ramse Mostoller||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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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.
This movie is a little out of date, but it is okay for a low budget older film.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.
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!