Special Event: Cinematic Titanic: SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS
December 24, 2023 4:37 PM - Subscribe

When we went through Cinematic Titanic, we passed over one episode to save it for the Holiday Marathon: their re-riff of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. A weird conceit (the lives of Martian children are too regimented so they need Santa to break them out of it), the actors give it their all but the low production values have given it a reputation of one of the worst movies ever made. Among the actors in this are a young Pia Zadora as Girmar the Girl Martian, and Bill McCutcheon, who later appeared on Sesame Street and in Steel Magnolias, as the childlike Martian Dropo.
posted by JHarris (3 comments total)
I haven’t seen the movie although I enjoyed foone’s musings on the delta-v required for the multiple round trips.
posted by autopilot at 8:06 AM on December 25, 2023 [1 favorite]

I watched this once, as a kid on a 12” black and white TV. I was… not a discerning viewer of entertainment yet, but I could tell it was definitely not quality cinema. I keep meaning to rewatch it. Seems like a movie ripe for a reboot.
posted by jzb at 4:04 PM on December 25, 2023

I think it's a lot of fun generally! It's a silly concept but it knows it, and it's a kids' movie after all.

We didn't get around to watching it at the marathon. Maybe in a couple of weeks.
posted by JHarris at 6:39 PM on December 26, 2023

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