Sunday, December 8, 2019

Santa! Oh, Santa, you rascal!


Santa and Satan
The year 1959 was a year of change for my family.  We moved onto a farm where we would live until 1995.  So many adventures and so many memories arise from that time.

But, here is one memory that we were fortunate to miss.  I never knew that side of Santa Claus’ life, which apparently originated from Mexico. “Santa Claus”, produced in 1959, and translated into English.  


Synopsis:

Santa is preparing for his yearly journey at his Toyland Castle in space.  While children helpers from all over the world sing,

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Santa plays the organ while leering at the screen. 

Merlin the Wizard does a little hop-dance to check stuff out at his magical telescope, fitted with a creepy blue eye.


Santa and Merlin the Wizard

Mechanical reindeer
When he needs help, Merlin the Wizard gives Santa a special powder to induce sleep and a magic key to open any door. Vulcan provides Santa with mechanical reindeers.

Nothing goes well or holds a modicum of possible logic.

YouTube trailer



YouTube in its entirety. 1 hour and 34 min. 

The movie is thoroughly ridiculous, Santa Claus is totally creepy, to the level that it feels like someone should report him.  You may watch the film in its entirety on YouTube if you are a glutton for punishment.  Fast-forward would be essential here.

So why did I post this?

We saw this at the theater in RiffTrax presentation. Movies of this lack of quality are narrated by the three guys from Mystery Space Science 3000. They bring a level of satire to this movie.  This is why I pulled this one out of my vault of Christmas movies.

Plus, Alex Cavanaugh recommended the RiffTrax movies generally because they are ludicrous.  I trust his judgment implicitly. 

P.S. On-screen text narrated immediately before "The End":


Blessed are those who believe
For they shall see God...
PEACE ON EARTH...
GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN.
MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Go figure.

40 comments:

  1. Sure sounds like a winner, for rifftrax at least. Or if you really want to punish someone haha no need to make them sit in the corner when you have movies like these.

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    1. Excellent suggestion. The 3 narrators/commenters were so funny.

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    1. Totally. Why did we go see it? Mystery Science theater 3000 is unique in that an awful movie (Martians kidnap Santa) is shown on a spaceship, and Joel Hodgson/Robinson (the resident human) plus his 2 robots comment on it. We used to watch it with our teenage kids. It was the only program we watched together.

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  3. Not my cup of tea. Think I'll pass on this one.

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    1. Good idea. Taking Santa and molding this around his reputation was a surprise.

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  4. Oh, my word. But MST3000 is one of my favourite programs. I'd love to see what they make of this mess!

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  5. I have not heard of this movie. It is worth checking out.

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    1. Get a glass of wine, sit down and roll your eyes.

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  6. Not unusual I missed this, even when I could hear. LOL I never like my heroes in any other light. LOL Just about as bad as showing John Wayne whupped by Frosty. LOL (again)
    The trailer was enough for me.
    Love to you lady from a beautiful 79 degree day in central Florida.
    Sherry & jack (It is fun to come to your house!)

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    1. John Wayne wupped by Frosty!! Sacrilegious!

      79 degrees is wonderful, esp. compared to 50s in NC.

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  7. I agree that the trailer was more than I cared to watch. Put Santa in an entirely new light. I much prefer my image of him and his jolly selfless self.

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    1. You understood how utterly ridiculous it was!

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  8. I think I'll be skipping this movie. :)

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  9. I think this was all a vision after Santa visited Colorado

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    1. He appeared in a cloud of scented smoke? Sounds right.

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  10. Yes!! RiffTrax is the only way to watch movies like that.
    So glad you went and enjoyed. It's really hard to explain just how funny it is to someone who isn't familiar with the setup.

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    1. thank you for recommending it. We also went to see Santa Gets Rescued by the Ice cream bunny. Equally stupid, which made it absolutely hysterical.

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  11. No thanks. I tend to avoid movies with Satan.

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    1. No matter how funny he is, Santa needs to have that pure joy.

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  12. Thanks for posting. I tend to know about a lot of campy movies but I had never heard of this film.

    I checked out a few scenes. It seems wonderfully bizarre!

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  13. It doesn't sound like a movie I'd want to see.

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  14. How anyone thinks up such stuff is beyond me. It sounds almost as bad as Plan 9 from Outer Space, or whatever it was that's considered the worst of all time.

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  15. Sounds like this should only be seen via a RiffTrax viewing.

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    1. It plays for one night only, so if you hear about one, check it out.

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  16. Yeeeah.... I'll be passing that one. Kinda reminds me in ridiculousness of that Nudes On The Moon movie I stumbled into on Time Machine some time back...

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    1. Ouch. Stumbling into a Time Machine is dangerous and can be painful.

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  17. The mind boggles!
    I will give this a miss!

    All the best Jan

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  18. It's difficult to understand why anyone would trust and old man who dresses entirely in red and hides behind an obviously false beard. I always had my suspicions!

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    1. I know what you mean. Can't trust that fake Santa.

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  19. What are his reindeer called?

    God bless.

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    1. Hmmm. Now I will have to think about that one.

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    1. there is a movie about two bank robbers who hide out in a small two, one puts on a Santa costume. Bad Santa.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!