Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

December 2, 2012

Well, ’tis the season to be merry, and as Sweden finally started to get some snow and the temperature’s getting around -6 degrees centigrade (approx. 21 F) after an amazingly dark, rainy and depressive November it’s nice to just snuggle up and get cozy indoors. I got all giddy earlier today as the snow began to fall and premiered my yearly tradition of watching Chevy Chase in the brilliant National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation quite early – usually I wait until at least one week before X-Mas. It’s a personal fave and probably my number one Christmas movie, and if you haven’t checked it out please do. There’s a trailer on YouTube to whet your appetite.

Anyway; for those wanting a nice hunk of cheese in December I can highly recommend the 1964 epically titled Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. It’s pure Wisconsin baby! The debut of actress Pia Zadora it has a nice Ed Wood kinda feel and a plot line to die for: Realizing their children are depressed a team of Martians set out to kidnap Santa Claus himself to start up a toy factory on Mars – to bring them fun, happiness and Christmas cheer. Not everyone is into that of course, a handful of warriors led by grumpy Voldar consider this to be a complete waste of time and Santa a menace to their way of life – with surrealism and hilarity to follow. Director John Waters himself says it’s his favorite movie and apparently he screens a personal 16 mm copy  every Christmas Eve. Considered to be in the public domain it’s available online and free to download. Check it out.



  1. Cool! I’m keen to watch Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. I recently had a ‘bad movie night’ at my place where we almost watched that and ‘Santa Claus’ (the crazy Mexican one where Santa fights the devil). But alas the Christmas theme was voted out in favour of an Apocalypse theme (we watched Birdemic and Troll 2).
    We’ll be bringing out SCCtM again for a Christmas in July edition though. Should be fun!

    • Yeah, ‘Santa Claus vs. The Devil’ is pretty funny.

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