Even without the benefit of Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians provides plenty of comedy, albeit not in the way director Nicholas Webster and writers Paul L. Jacobson (who co-produced the film) and Glenville Mareth intended.
Or maybe they did, and the cheery news reporter’s opening-scene advice to viewers that, “From this spot, there’s only one direction you can go, and that’s South” is really foreshadowing disguised as holiday cheer.
Or, perhaps it’s a clever economic critique, with the story of Santa being forced to move his operations to Mars an advance warning of the perils of outsourcing.
But probably not. Still, for a movie to be so monumentally razzed (it has a 25 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes) that both Cinematic Titanic and Rifftrax can get mileage out of mocking it 25 years after it aired on MST3K says something about the value of so-good-it’s-bad “classic” cinema.
Watch Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, as posted at the Internet Archive, below.