Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
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The biggest, most brightly-wrapped gift under the colorful Christmas tree is a new digital restoration of the unforgettable 1964 B-movie Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, best known as the screen debut of actress/singer Pia Zadora. Martians come to Earth to kidnap Santa Claus because there is no one on Mars to give their children presents. Earth kids Billy and Betty set out to save Santa and return him to Earth. The film is a baffling mixture of sci-fi, Christmas cheer and childish slapstick, all filmed in garish (or as the poster says, "Space-Blazing") color. See all this, a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] hilariously bad stab at sci-fi."
‑ , Time Out
"This is, without exaggeration, one of the single worst films ever made, which hasn't prevented it from becoming a cult classic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Better than 'Mars Needs Women', but worse than 'Teenagers from Outer Space' . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Low expectations met."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Classic Crap"
‑ David Poland, Hot Button
"Adults may find it obvious and as square-cut as cheese. But let's face it. From now till you-know-when, the youngsters are all that matter."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"A terrible product of people who wanted to appeal to kids but likely never met one in their lives..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"White Christmas on a red planet, and not as bad as some people insist."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"I can't help it I love it!"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"This tacky attempt to make a kidpic about the Christmas spirit seems too retarded for even kids who will watch anything silly."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"4 stars for bad-movie buffs, 1 star for the rest of humanity."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Who knew this would be the pinnacle of Pia Zadora's career?"
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"shot in that hopeless, bad filmmaking style ... with the delayed, artificial rhythm of a trans-Atlantic phone call"
‑ Jake Euker,
"Like a car accident unfolding before your eyes, it's impossible to look away even if only to see how just bad it can get."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"The plot, such as it is, proves it is possible to insult the intelligence of a three-year-old."
‑ Nick Cramp,
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