Tuesday, December 6, 2011

IN THEATRES: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians!

Back in a digitally-restored "Special Edition"...
This cinematic Christmas stocking is loaded with retro-cool presents of all kinds.
There are two cartoons from the brilliant Fleischer Brothers, Max and Dave - Christmas Comes But Once a Year (1936), in which that whimsical inventor Grampy creates a whole Santa's workshop worth of toys for some poor orphans; and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1948), the first animated version of this classic tale about the outcast little deer who saves Christmas.

But there's more!

From a Christmas adventure starring that sensation of Fifties TV Howdy Doody to a couple of visits with Ozzie and Harriet to a holiday salute from ventriloquist Shari Lewis and her hand puppet Lambchop.
These - as well as a bunch of "Greetings From The Theater Management" trailers made for movie theaters (they are actually dated by year and its fun to see color ones introduced in the Sixties) - will inspire a kind of unsettling nostalgia among Baby Boomers who'll surely remember this when they were kids.
For their kids and grandkids these mind-boggling artifacts will seem either surreal or cheesy - or both.
That's the real fun of this show.
The biggest, most brightly-wrapped gift under this gaudy and colorful Christmas tree is the unforgettable (even if you try) 1964 feature film, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.
Of course, connoisseurs of bad B-movies consider this one of the worst, which means it's one of the funniest, as we pointed out HERE.

Click HERE to go to the re-released movie's website for dates and theatres in your area!
PLUS: our "brother" RetroBlog™, Secret Sanctum of Captain Video™ is re-presenting the comic book tie-in for the movie HERE!
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