THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2009:
SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (1964)
Plot Synopsis: When Kimar (Leonard Hicks) and his fellow Martians discover that their children are hooked on television shows from Earth that espouse the virtues of Santa Claus, they decide to kidnap Santa (John Call) and bring him to Mars. In the process, they also kidnap two children. On Mars, Voldar (Vincent Beck), an evil Martian, plots to rid Mars of Santa and the kids before Santa's Christmas cheer takes hold.
Recommended Viewing Option: The Cinematic Titanic version of the film! (Order Here.)
Nicholas Webster (Mission Mars, Manbeast! Myth or Monster?)
John Call (Hangman's Knot, Happy Anniversary)
Vincent Beck (The Pink Jungle, Vigilante)
Pia Zadora (Butterfly, Fake-Out)
Running Time: 81 minutes.
-Joel Hodgson & crew riffed on Santa Claus Conquers the Martians in a 1991 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Comedy Central. When they re-formed as Cinematic Titanic years later they decided to re-visit the movie again without being restricted by TV broadcast standards.
-Lou Harry wrote a book based on the movie in 2005, from the perspective of a now adult Girmar who has taken over her father's position as the Ruler of Mars. Written as a satirical parody, the book also included a copy of the movie on DVD.