It has been called “one of the worst films ever.”
Santa Claus Conquers The Martians tells the story of Martian children who have been watching “Earth TV” and are now pining for Santa Claus to visit their planet with toys and happiness. The tale is told through the magic of hardware-store sets and Halloween-quality makeup. I first saw this film on a cold December Saturday in 197, when I was a mere ten years old – in glorious black and white. Even as a kid I remember thinking to myself, “What the hell am I watching?” It insulted my senses, and just seemed to be a horrible spectacle done in cardboard.
In the 1990s it was given the MST Treatment on Mystery Science Theater 3000, with the program’s signature humor commentary added to the movie.
Of course Santa wins out with his kindness and the bad Martians are defeated for the betterment of the entire Red Planet. Goofy Dropo (Bill McCutcheon), the Jar Jar Binks character in the movie, becomes the new Martian Santa Claus after he takes a somewhat-awkward liking to the Big Man’s red suit, trying it on in secret. Then all the kids sing “Hooray for Santee Claus” and the world spins normally once more.
Now thanks to a recent rights release into the Public Domain, you can watch the movie in its entirety above for free, courtesy of Hulu! The film’s makers did not renew the rights (wonder why), so it is ready for us all to…umm…enjoy.
What Martian would be legit without tubes coming out of their helmets?
Voldar (Vincent Beck, on left), has the best mustache in the movie. As one of the Martian children, the film also stars a very young Pia Zadora, who now entertains audiences from the stages of Las Vegas.
Hoo-Ray for Santee Claus!