Time for That ‘Other’ Christmas Movie

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Martians kidnap Santa Claus in the heartwarming Christmas favorite “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.”

 


OK, everybody has had their yearly fix of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Time for *my* traditional Christmas favorite: “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” Via Hulu. Watch for Pia Zadora (you do remember Pia Zadora, don’t you?) in the terrifying “polar bear sequence.”

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7 Responses to Time for That ‘Other’ Christmas Movie

  1. Wayne Selover says:

    Pia Zadora isn’t in the polar bear sequence. She plays Girmar, the girl Martian. The girl in the polar bear scene is Donna Conforti, in her only screen appearance.

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  2. Benito says:

    The dvd is a must-have, like booze in your egg nog. Don’t miss the Rifftrax version of this so-bad -it’s-good movie, which the MST3K veterans performed live recently.

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    • lmharnisch says:

      “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” actually played in the little movie theater (now an indoor swap meet) in my hometown when it came out. I didn’t see it, but who could forget the title? I was so intrigued that in the early, early days of VHS back in the 1970s, that I traded with a man (name and location forgotten) just to get a copy. I have watched it over the years, but not in a long while.

      And yes, young people, back in the 1970s when I bought my first VCR, if you wanted a copy of a movie, you had to trade with someone from out of state. There weren’t even video stores then. I got “Grand Illusion” by paying someone in L.A. to tape it off the Z Channel.

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  3. JAMES says:

    I remember that when movies first came out on VHS they were around $100 a movie! And people paid it! I never pay more than $5 for a DVD now.

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    • lmharnisch says:

      Blank videocassettes were ridiculously expensive. I remember finding one place that sold blanks for $20 and thought it was a terrific bargain! But in those early days of VCRs, there were no video stores so collectors across the country taped movies and traded them.

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  4. Anne Papineau says:

    The movie with the immortal credit line: “Martian furniture by Fritz Hansen”

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