Theatrically re-releasing popular films from the past is a trend that seems to be on the rise. Ghostbusters got another theatrical run this past October. Star Wars and Titanic will be returning to theaters in 3D next year. So why not Santa Claus Conquers the Martians?
Holland Releasing is behind what is being billed as Santa’s Cool Holiday Festival, or as I feel compelled to call it, “The First Annual Public Domain Christmas Kitsch Filmstravaganza!”
You’ll see a pair of vintage Technicolor Fleischer Brothers Christmas cartoons.
You’ll see rare holiday shorts featuring Howdy Doody, Ozzie & Harriet, and ventriloquist Shari Lewis with her puppet Lambchop.
You’ll see a series of old “Greetings from Theater Management” trailers.
Most importantly, you’ll see a digitally restored print of the all-time bad movie holiday classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians directed by Nicholas Webster. The producers are promising that Pia Zadora’s kiddy Martian face won’t have looked this green since it first disgraced movie screens back in 1964.
Holland Releasing is also promising that everything shown during Santa’s Cool Holiday Film Festival will have been mastered from the best surviving prints and boast first rate pictorial and sound quality.
Believe it or not, this holiday spectacular highlighted by the unbelievable tale of Santa Claus being abducted by green-skinned Martians to bring the joy of Christmas to all the boys and girls on Mars, only to find his own life in danger as militant Martians plot to assassinate this jolly fat man for bringing happiness to the angry red planet, will be playing on movie screens in nearly 200 locations beginning December 2nd.
Yep! December 2nd. Barely two weeks from now.
Are you amongst the lucky ones who’ll be getting this delightfully retro afternoon of holiday cheer in your town? Head over to the event’s official website and check the surprisingly lengthy list of theaters. And if your theater isn’t listed, they even have an option for you to request it to come to your town.
How funny would it be if a re-release of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians turned out to be a bigger financial success at the box office than Creature?
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