Friday, December 17, 2021

Santa Claus Can Play the Organ (one of his many talents).

 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.


Santa and Satan
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 Toy Land Castle in space.  While children helpers from all over the world sing a variety of each country's carols, precious.

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                                                          Santa plays the organ while leering at the screen. collinwatchesmovies

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 reindeer.

Nothing goes well, instead holds a modicum of possible stupid stuff.

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. Lots of creepy stuff is here for you to catch, creepy I tell you.

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 is narrated immediately before "The End": A sonorous voice speaks these meaningful words. Somehow it was disturbing.

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

Go figure.

This is a re-post from 2019.  We laughed at this, which is what we need to do more often!
 

26 comments:

  1. There's never a boring moment on your blog. Have a wonderful and peaceful (no creepy movies) holiday season.

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  2. I loved mystery science theater because it always made me laugh but I've never seen this creepy Santa piece! Oh my gosh, how scary it would be to kiddos! I was 6 in '59 and I would never go see Santa if I had seen this movie! So funny! You do find the most interesting things! Love it! Have a good weekend!

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    1. Thanks go to Alex Kavanaugh, who comes across gems like this.

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  3. Why, oh why, did I waste my time with "A Charlie Brown Christmas" when this gem was around?

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  4. Okay I am now convinced you are.......... well, not well. I made it to the boy and girl's dreams and some to the orphans methinks, Anyway maybe, just maybe if I could hear..... But then, what do I know...
    I did enjoy the stuff though. From south Georgia,
    Sherry & jack (sending love and hope for a great Christmas time.

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    1. South Georgia! You and Sherry are people on the move.

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  5. That's where I knew this movie from. I haven't been to a RiffTrax, but one of these days... Glad it made you laugh.

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    1. There is another one to advertise: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny. Santa is stuck on a Florida beach, the reindeer ran off.

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  6. Mystery Space Science 3000. A blast from the past. I haven't even run across it by accident in a long time.

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    1. It was a surprise. We watched it and laughed. Clever ideas. Bad movies.

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  7. Creepy indeed. I watched a few minutes of the film and even fast forwarding didn't improve it. I think you need to be on acid or something similar to truly appreciate this one. I did laugh at what I saw of it, though.

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  8. I think I'll stick with happier Christmas movies.

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    1. Good idea. 1959 was a strange year. Lots of SyFy movies, lots of new ideas. This movie came out of this weird studio in Mexico. And, it even rec'd a prestigious award from an obscure studio in some back lot.

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  9. Mystery Science Theater 3000. We own several of theirs on DVD although we haven't watched in years. They can be hysterical. But this is way too creepy for me. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, it isn't a family holiday movie to put on the list of watch-or-not.

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  10. That's one movie i am glad not to have seen!

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    1. It is a dvd type of movie. And, if you decide to watch it, fast forward, look for the exploits of Santa and then you are done.

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  11. Santa was creepy enough in the trailer, thank you. Worse than the Devil, really...

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    1. It is totally weird. You should watch it. Then watch "Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny".

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