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retro trailer: ‘Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’

Take a look back at an old trailer…


I’m not sure whether this is actually more unbearable to watch than the movie itself, or whether it’s better just by sheer dint of its being shorter. I might have to watch it again to be sure…

Yup, it’s worse than the movie. There’s gotta be a special kind of hellish antitalent involved in rendering a trailer more hideous than even a hideous film.

This movie is so bad that it’s almost impossible to watch even with the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment. This might be one of the MST episodes in which Joel threatened suicide, but I can’t rightly recall. The host segments, though, are among the very best ever, with lots of holiday craziness, including Crow T. Robot singing his new carol, “A Patrick Swayze Christmas.” Genius.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is available on DVD in Region 1 and Region 2. The MST3K version is available only in Region 1.



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  • Wow! I never knew the First Doctor was in this movie. ;-)

  • chuck

    I remember seeing this in the sixties as a little kid. I thought is was horrible then.

    It did not escape my attention back then that the martians were wielding the incredible “Wham-O Air Blaster” as their space age weapon. One of the coolest toys of the decade.

    “Santa sets up a fantastic automated toy factory on Mars”. Just like a human, exploiting another planets resources for nasty, dirty human gain, a fine film example of pre-Avatar corporate greed.

  • Hdj

    I rather watch this then “A christmas story” for the billionth time

  • Brian

    At about 0:39, I couldn’t help but say, “It’s the old man from scene 27!”

  • markyd

    Trust me, Hdj, no you would not(unless you’ve actually seen it and are saying this. Then I question your sanity). I managed to sit through about 1/2 of it before turning it off. What a horrible movie.

  • my nephews and nieces of varying ages watched this one year, and they rolled on the floor laughing. they completely saw the cheesiness of it and yet enjoyed the laughs.

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