This 1964 film is on every worst film ever made list but, in my opinion it’s the best of the worst. There are only a few films I consider must see’s at Christmas time: It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians!
Synopsis: Martian kids don’t have any fun. Martian leader sees Santa Claus on television and decides that’s what Martian kids need. Rather than find their own Santa, Martians come to Earth to steal ours? That’s all I’m gonna tell you, the rest you have to see to believe.
Wynn and I will be watching it together this evening at 9:00 as it’s on local Public TV station WHYY TV 12.
EDIT: Bad news. I heard promos for the movie on WHYY radio but they had gotten the time wrong. Instead of Santa Claus vs. the Martians, Bill Moyers Journal was on. Don’t get me wrong, I love Bill Moyers, we need more journalists like him but I was disappointed. The good news was that while unpacking the tree trimmings I found Santa Claus Conquers the Martians on DVD!. I had forgotten I had bought it at Target last year, for a buck. It’s in the Public Domain and can be downloaded from the internet here.