Friday, December 23, 2011

Fear Friday - The Worst Christmas Movie Ever???

Thanks for joining us for Fear Friday. Our weekly review of anything and everything horror/thriller/spooky/B movie classics. This month all of our picks will have a Christmas theme.

Fear Friday - Santa Claus Conquers The Martians

Tagline - Santa Claus saves Christmas for the Children of the World!

Directed by Nicolas Webster and released on November 14, 1964 by Embassy Pictures Corporation. A spaceship full of Martians land in the North Pole and kidnap Santa and two Earth children. Who will save Santa in time for Christmas? Does anyone really care?

I am a huge fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 so this is a yearly tradition at my house. If you haven't experience this gem yet I would recommend watching the MST3K version instead of the movie on it's own. It is bad, stupid and quite painful when watched on it's own but makes for a truly delightful experience when accompanied by priceless riffing and silly snarking. Besides, how could it be Christmas without Joel and the Bots singing "Let's have a Patrick Swayze Christmas"??? 8)

Some trivia on the movie...
1. The Martian guns are actually painted Whammo Air Blasters.   
2.This was Pia Zadora's debut.
3. This film is listed among The 100 Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE.
4.When Santa starts making toys, one of the Martians is fascinated by a toy that's "a coiled spring that walks down stairs." The year this film was released (1964) was a huge year for Slinky, which had a resurgence in the early 1960s
5.Most of the film was shot in an abandoned aircraft hangar on Long Island, New York.

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