Santa Claus (1959)
Nomination Year: 1995
SYNOPSIS: Kids get an inside look at how Santa runs his workshop. Children from around the world are there to sing and to help Santa. Merlin (yes, the Merlin) is on hand with the usual Christmas-eve equipment: the Key of Opening and the Flower To Disappear. The sleigh is all packed and the smoke-snorting, LSD-trip mechanical reindeer are ready to go. But this year, things are going to be a little different. The Devil is out to spoil Christmas! Yes, it's Santa vs. Satan in this Mexican spin on holiday films.
Be afraid. Be very afraid. This film makes the grotesqueries of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas look like the Teletubbies®.
- Most Ludicrous Premise
Here Comes Satan Claus
We get our first glimpse of Santa's adversary and Satan's minion: that Ol' Devil Pitch is up to his old tricks. In this clip, he moves the chimney so Santa can't get down. But Santa has a few magical tricks up his red sleeves, too. Though the appearance of the Devil is rather comical with his plasticine face and huge sidecar ears, it quickly gets creepy later in the film.
- Worst Picture
It's Family Fun -- Manson Family Fun
Santa gets ready for his annual ride -- on his sleigh pulled by brimstone-snorting, mechanical Hellbeasts! Aaaaaagh!
The "reindeer" (which resemble twisted carousel horses more than anything else) spout smoke and roll their wide, mad eyes creepily and mechanically. Their tongues loll from their cold, lifeless mouths. Yet Santa is just tickled at this demonic display. The Children From Around the World laugh, too...but a bit nervously, perhaps? I, for one, was NOT laughing, and I wouldn't let any of my kids near this film with a 10-foot candy cane.
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