Time for That ‘Other’ Christmas Movie

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.


  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.


    • 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.


  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.


    • 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.


  4. Anne Papineau says:

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


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