Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

USA,
81m, 86m [DVD]
35mm, Pathécolor
mono, English

An American / film directed by Nicholas Webster. It's a regular fixture in “world's worst films” lists and featured in the book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (And How They Got That Way) by Harry Medved and Randy Dreyfuss. Since being “rediscovered” in the 1980s, the film has been adapted twice for the stage, once as a musical in 1993 and again in 2006.

Plot Summary

The Martians have become so upset that their have become obsessed with that they set out to kidnap him. They abduct a pair of children and force them to lead them to where they meet Santa. They take him and the children back to where they charm the Martians and bring to them the spirit of .

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Nicholas Webster
© [not given on screen]
Joseph E. Levine presents a Jalor production. An Embassy Pictures release
Produced by: Paul L. Jacobson
Associate Producer: Arnold Leeds
Screenplay by: Glenville Mareth
Based on a story by Paul L. Jacobson
Director of Photography: David L. Quaid
Edit Supervisor: Anthony Termini
Editor: Bill Henry
Music Composed and Conducted by: Milton Delugg
Sound Mixer: Dennis L. Maitland
Custume [sic] Designer: Ramsey Mostoller
Makeup: George Fiala
Special Photographic Effects: Haberstroh Studios
Art Director: Maurice Gordon
Filmed at the Michael Myerburg Studios, N.Y.

Cast
Leonard Hicks (Kimar)
Vincent Beck (Voldar)
Bill McCutcheon (Dropo)
Victor Stiles (Billy)
Donna Conforti (Betty)
Chris Month (Bomar)
Pia Zadora (Girmar)
Leila Martin (Momar)
Charles Renn (Hargo)
James Cahill (Rigna)
Ned Wertimer (Andy Henderson)
Doris Rich (Mrs Claus)
Carl Don (Chochem/Von Green)
Ivor Bodin (Winky)
Al Nesor (Stobo)
Joe Elic (Shim)
John Call as Santa Claus
Jim Bishop (Lomas)
Lin Thurmond (children's TV announcer)
Don Blair (TV news announcer)
Tony Ross, Scott Aronesty, Ronnie Rotholz, Glenn Schaffer (Santa's helpers)

Alternative Titles

O Aris enantion tis gis – Greece
Joulupukki valloittaa Marsin – Finland
Jultomten fixar allt! – Sweden
Le Père Noël contre les martiens – France (DVD)
Santa Claus contra los marcianos
– Venezuela
Santa Claus Defeats the
– USA (video)

See also
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Extracts included in
The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004)
Doin' Time on Planet Earth (1988)
Elvira's Movie Macabre: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (2010)
The Fly Papers: The Buzz on Hollywood's Scariest Insect (2000)
A Hollywood Christmas (1996)
Horrible Horror (1986)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1991)
This Is MST3K (1992)

References

Periodicals

  • The Dark Side no.95 (February 2002) p.28 – review

Books

  • The 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen by Richard Crouse p.188-191
  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.168 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.234
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.394
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.335
  • by Walt Lee p.415 – credits
  • Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990 by Brian Albright p.264