Christmas is right around the corner, and this means its the right time for me to discuss a popular science fiction cult classic that has a Christmas theme!
The film was released in 1964. and was known as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. The film was directed by Nicholas Webster and starred John Call as Santa Claus. The film was also known to feature a young Pia Zadora.
The plot may be a bit too corny and cheesy to some, but its very simple; Santa Claus and two Earth kids are kidnapped to the planet Mars around Christmastime. The film also features elements such as a Martian toy factory, a spaceship journey (typical of most science fiction films at the time), and Santa turning Martian robots into toys, just like how the poster above describes it.
The reason why the Martians kidnap Santa Claus is because they received television signals beamed from Earth to Mars, all during an interview with Santa inside his workshop. The film does have a happy ending (I'm not going to spoil this one; watch the movie for yourself and find out!).
The film was made with a budget of $200,000 (much like films from studios like the Asylum has nowadays), meaning that the special effects are far less superior than that of most science fiction films in this decade, like 2001: A Space Odyssey. This is one of the many reasons why this film was considered the worst, also because of its weirdness and nonsensical plot.
The film first debut on television in 1986 on the Canned Film Festival. However, it wasn't until the 1990's that the film started gaining an immense cult following, as it appeared on a Christmas special of the popular television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. The film is now public domain, but it did gain official DVD and Blu-Ray releases.
If you want some rather quirky Christmas cheer, go find a copy and watch it, if you will!