Title: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Also known as:
Santa Claus Defeats the Aliens (video title)

Year: 1964

Genre: Family / Sci-Fi / Comedy

Language: English

Runtime: 81 min / 86 min (USA, DVD)

Director: Nicholas Webster

Writer: Paul L. Jacobson (story) & Glenville Mareth (writer)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058548/

There is no Santa Claus on Mars, and they don't have anyone else that gives presents either. After the children on Mars watch Earth TV and see Santa Claus, there is only one thing left to do to please the children. Kidnap Santa! Along with Santa they also kidnap two Earth kids. Together they bring joy and happiness to the planet. But will they come back to Earth ever again?

Our thoughts:
Watching this movie around Christmas is slowly becoming a tradition for me. I say "becoming" because this is my second year watching it, and I think that I will watch this again the next year, and the year after that too. It feels exactly like a Christmas movie should feel, and it's just a very nice and heartwarming story that actually manages to be funny at times. This movie isn't the norm for FilmBizarro.com, but it has it's reasons why it's on here.

The plot is simple enough for kids to understand, but done with enough thought and the right comedy for any age to enjoy it. The movie has it's clichés, but it's safe to say that most Christmas movies does, and this was made '64 so it's okay. Really. Still clichés everywhere though. Santa is kidnapped and brought to their planet to work. We have one evil and one good Martian. The good Martian wants Santa to be there but has enough heart to change his mind. Evil Martian wants to kill Santa. And (SPOILER...But really, you know it's ending like this already) Santa ends up coming home. Nothing special at all, but it's the little things that matter here. Everything from the "sleeping spray" they use on their kids when they can't sleep, to the robot that makes Bender from Futurama look like a Playstation 3 compared to a Nintendo 8-bit.

Yes, expect stupid props. The spaceships look like your ordinary toys, and the plants look like beach balls. The Martians wear green clothing and their faces look like they've been rolled in dirt.

The movie is often compared to "Plan 9 From Outer Space" and "Nightmare Before Christmas". While I do understand why, I hate the fact that anyone would compare something good with "Nightmare Before Christmas". Both movies have Santa kidnapping, but really, that's all that I wanna compare. I understand why it's compared to "Plan 9 From Outer Space" though, but there is a big difference between them. "Plan 9" is unintentionally bad (but fun), while "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" was intended to be that way.

The story and the title can alone make anyone interested in seeing the film. With a title like this, people won't be expecting anything else but a silly and fun film, and that's what you get. I guess there could be some people stupid enough to expect a 50's/60's monster movie where Santa slays huge alien ants. If you are one of them, then stay away from this film. It's a cool idea but it's not happening.

Positive things:
- Quirky acting.
- Extremely goofy.
- Witty.
- Fun for the whole family.
- Perfect Christmas movie.
- Santa doesn't slay huge aliens.
- The song "Hooray For Santa Claus".
Negative things:
- Feels a little long.
- Often compared to "Nightmare Before Christmas".
- Contains one of the worst fights I've ever seen. But in a movie like this it could be a positive thing.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 1/5
Comedy: 4/5

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