Rated 2.5 out of 10 on IMDb and handed a 25% score on the Tomatometer by critics at Rotten Tomatoes, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) directed by Nicholas Webster is a bizarre sci-fi festive comedy caper mash-up.
Although often included on lists of the worst films ever made, SCCTM ticks all the boxes for a successful Christmas movie:
- Toy workshop
I needed a Christmas themed film to over-indulge in, along with the copious amounts of food and drink over the festive period. I decided to go for the cult classic about a hoard of martians who kidnap Father Christmas and take him half way across the galaxy to Mars.
The meaning of Christmas
On their native homeland, the band of martians headed by their leader Kimar are concerned by their children’s sudden change of mood.
After consulting the wise Chochem they’re informed that the reason for their nippers’ unhappiness is the lack of Christmas cheer on Mars, and most notably the seldom giving of presents.
Kimar concludes the only thing to do is to kidnap Santa Claus and bring him to Mars. Thus resulting in a Sci-fi Christmas caper that eventually found fame in the 1990’s after being featured on the US comedy series, Mystery Theater 3000.
Saint Nick is joined on Mars by two small earth children, Billy and Betty, and must find a way to escape the painted green clutches of the martians.
Beloved by fans for its bad special effects and odd plot, SCCTM is a whacky alternative Christmas film which is well worth a watch over the festive period…