Movie Review: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians


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The robot in the film. The film scored a 2.5/10 on IMDb

by Garrett Gage, Staff Writer

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is an enjoyably bad movie and with its cheesy plot, actors who sound like they’re putting their all into a silly movie, and the genuine heart it seems like it has gives it a five out of five for people looking for a cheesy holiday flick to watch while a two out of five for everyone else.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians has a ridiculous plot involving martian children not playing and having fun. The martian leader’s solution is to kidnap an earthling named Santa Claus. Yes, this is such a dumb plot and I love it because of that. Most holiday specials always have the main character learning the true meaning of Christmas. This is just “Hey, wanna kidnap Santa to make our kids less terrible?”

I said in the first paragraph that this movie seems to have genuine heart and I mean it. Yeah, it’s a B Christmas Movie if those exist, but the actors for the most part minus the kids seem to be putting their all into it. Either they’re hamming it up because they know it’s bad or they love the script. Just seeing these people emote pretty well about a movie involving aliens, Santa, and a robot that seems to be made of cardboard and spray paint is so enjoyable to watch.

In terms of things I don’t like, the opening song “Hooray for Santa Claus” is very much obnoxious and the finale is a bit on the creepy side, but other than that, this is an awesome film to watch if the family wants to watch something ridiculous this year.