Monday, December 8, 2014

A Christmas Cult Classic

It's December! Time to sit back and enjoy some classic Christmas movies like It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

I never realized there were Christmas cult classic films, until a few years ago when someone gave my kids a collection of Christmas movies. The motion pictures included were not well known, to say the least, but all were good for a laugh. 

The strangest--and corniest--was Santa Clause Conquers the Martians.  It's a 1964 science-fiction movie that regularly receives the honor of being listed as one of the worst films ever made. A featured player is ten-year-old Pia Zadora.

Here's a part of the plot from Wikipedia:


The story involves the people of Mars, including Momar ("Mom Martian") and Kimar ("King Martian"). They're worried that their children Girmar ("Girl Martian") and Bomar ("Boy Martian") are watching too much Earth television, most notably station KID-TV's interview with Santa Claus in his workshop at the North Pole. Consulting the ancient 800-year-old Martian sage Chochem (a Yiddish word meaning "genius"), they are advised that the children of Mars are growing distracted due to the society's overly rigid structure; from infancy, all their education is fed into their brains through machines and they are not allowed individuality or freedom of thought.

Chochem notes that he had seen this coming "for centuries", and says the only way to help the children is to allow them their freedom and be allowed to have fun. To do this, they need a Santa Claus figure, like on Earth. Leaving the Chochem's cave, the Martian leaders decide to abduct Santa Claus from Earth and bring him to Mars. As the Martians could not distinguish between all the fake Santas, they kidnapped two children to find the real one. Once this is accomplished, one Martian, Voldar, who strongly disagrees with the idea, repeatedly tries to kill Santa Claus along with the two kidnapped Earth children. He believes that Santa is corrupting the children of Mars and turning them away from the race's original glory.

It goes on, but you can tell from this that it's pretty bad, very funny, and not your average Christmas movie! Do you have any Christmas cult classics you'd like to share?

Thanks for visiting and have a great week!

6 comments:

Jennette Marie Powell said...

That movie sounds so bad it's got to be funny! My go-to fave is the old staple "A Christmas Story."

shelly said...

Sometimes stupid movies are the best.

Hugs and chocolate!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And the only way to watch it is with the help of either Mystery Science Theater 3000 or RiffTrax.

William Kendall said...

I've heard of it, but I've never seen it!

Norma Beishir said...

I'd forgotten about this one!

Great...I see the captchas are still around....

Maria McKenzie said...

@Jenette: I love A Christmas Story!

@Alex: Wasn't Mystery Science Theater 3000 the greatest show?

@Shelly: So true! Especially on Halloween night.

@William: If you never see it, you'll have no regrets;).

@Norma: If you need a good laugh, this will provide it!