My brothers and I started watching it, but they became bored (or worse) and wandered away from the TV. Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1964) CULT ... - YouTube [1] Jacobson called the film a "yuletide science fiction fantasy" and said he made it because of a perceived gap in the market. However, Voldar and his assistants, Stobo and Shim, sabotage the factory and change its programming so that it makes the toys incorrectly. "[37], In 2014, Zadora was hospitalized in the intensive care unit of University Medical Center of Southern Nevada due to head and leg injuries sustained in a golf cart accident. Anyone over the age of six or seven will likely be … [13] As of December 2020, IMDb lists a remake with a projected 2021 release date, directed by Cynthia Webster, the daughter of the original film's director. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians ... A dour Martian society decides it must kidnap Santa Claus (and two Earth kids, for whatever reason) to bring happiness to its own downtrodden children. Pia Today! The album was released only in Europe, and the single "Dance Out of My Head" did not chart despite the top producers and club remixes by Shep Pettibone and Ben Liebrand. "Levine: Huckster With Heart" Griffin, Dick. In 1983 she appeared in the film adaptation of the Harold Robbins novel The Lonely Lady, portraying an aspiring screenwriter who achieves success after surviving sexual assault. "THREE FILM FRONTS: Gaisseau Focuses On Gotham - -'Santa' On Long Island -- Poitier's F.B.I." In addition to displaying her comedic side, the film showcased her musical talents and featured half of the songs from her 1984 album Let's Dance Tonight. Zadora appeared at San Francisco's Rrazz Room's 3rd annual Rrazziversary Gala Celebration and Benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on March 17, 2011, and at the Nevada Children's Center's Great Gatsby Gala on April 3, 2011. From infancy, all their education is fed into their brains through machines and they are not allowed individuality or freedom of thought. When they arrive on Mars, Santa and the children build a factory to make toys for the Martian children. 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Just don’t ask me to see it often because, unless I’m really in the mood for it (or sleep-deprived from too … In 2012, Zadora performed with the Desert Symphony Orchestra at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California,[26] and appeared on the TV show Celebrity Ghost Stories. Our review of "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians": https://publicdomainfilmreview.com/blog/santa-claus-conquers-the-martians [29], The mansion, which drew its name of Pickfair from having once been the shared home of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, was torn down and a new 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) mansion was built on the property. [31], Zadora's second husband was writer–director Jonathan Kaufer. He believes that Santa is corrupting the children of Mars and turning them away from Mars' original glory. This version was adapted by Brian Newell and Nick McGee. Filming took place over two weeks in July to August 1964, at the Michael Myerberg Studios on Long Island. The film was also featured on Elvira's Movie Macabre. Directed by Nicholas Webster. A 45 RPM 7" single of Milton DeLugg & The Little Eskimos' original performance of 'Hooray For Santa Claus' with The Fleshtones doing their take on the flip! Her father, Alphonse Schipani, was an Italian-American violinist, and her mother, Saturnina (Zadorowski) Schipani, was a Polish American theatrical wardrobe supervisor for Broadway productions, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera.[4][5][6][7]. I did start watching MST3K's version of "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" on YouTube today and Santa was puffing on a pipe right away, and the show had me laughing right away! Most bad movie fans prefer to watch Santa Claus Conquers the Martians on the 1991 episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988)," which shows a scratched and faded print.. [2], Jacobson said "at this particular studio, with a group of wonderfully cooperative technicians, we've been able to get a lot of production value from our low budget. That episode became a holiday staple on the Comedy Central cable channel in the years following its premiere of 1991. - File He goes to the toy factory to make toys, but Voldar mistakes him for Santa and kidnaps him. Zadora appeared as a child actress with Tallulah Bankhead in Midgie Purvis. [1] Cast members John Call and Victor Stiles were appearing on stage in Oliver! Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. An estimated release date was announced as 2002, though the film was then believed to have gone into development hell. The musical score featured Zadora singing "It’s Wrong for Me to Love You." Its catalogue number was FC 4-114. Kimar agrees and sends Santa and the children back to Earth. [22][23][24][25] Anyone over the age of six or seven will likely be reaching for the remote or an air sick bag (or both). The film regularly appears on lists of the worst films ever made, is regularly featured in the "bottom 100" list on the Internet Movie Database, and was featured in an episode of the syndicated series of the Canned Film Festival of 1986. Very young children, undoubtedly the target audience of this film, may well enjoy it. [18], In 1988, Zadora worked with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on an album titled When the Lights Go Out. When Santa and the children come back to the factory to make more toys, they discover that someone has tampered with the machines. Zadora's first film role was Girmar, a young Martian girl, in 1964's Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, widely regarded as one of the worst films ever made.[8][9]. www.millcreekent.com [14], It spawned a tongue in cheek novelization by Lou Harry, released in 2005 by Penguin Books/Chamberlain Bros. She won that year's Golden Globe Award as Best New Star of the Year amid charges that Riklis had purchased the award with a promotional campaign that included Zadora's image presented prominently on Sunset Boulevard billboards,[11] an appearance in Playboy magazine, and entertaining Golden Globe voters. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Once this is accomplished, one Martian, Voldar, who strongly disagrees with the idea, repeatedly tries to kill Santa Claus along with the two kidnapped Earth children. Pia Zadora (born Pia Alfreda Schipani, May 4, 1953) is an American actress and singer. [14] On the basis of being multiply recognized by the Golden Raspberry Awards, Zadora was named Worst New Star of the Decade (1980–89) and nominated as Worst Actress of the 1980s. In 1988 she appeared as a beatnik in John Waters's film Hairspray, about which the film critic Roger Ebert wrote "If nothing else is worth the price of admission to this movie, perhaps you will be persuaded by the prospect of Zadora reading from Allen Ginsberg’s Howl."[16]. Threats … Dropo, held hostage in a cave, tricks his guard Shim and escapes. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. With first husband Riklis, she had children Kady Zadora (born 1985) and Kristofer Barzie (born 1987). For this performance she received the 1983 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress. We're also shooting in color to get full, picturesque effects with our toy factors and Martian and North Pole backgrounds". Voldar and Stobo come back to the factory to make a deal with Kimar, but when they see the real Santa Claus, they realize that their plan has been foiled. [27], Since 2013, Zadora has hosted and performed Pia's Place at Las Vegas restaurant Piero's Italian Cuisine. [19] Pia—The Platinum Collection, a three-CD compilation, was released in 1993 and sold in the United States via infomercials. Zadora and Riklis divorced in 1993, and Zadora remained in the mansion until late 2005 or early 2006, when she sold it to Korean businessman Corry Hong for US$17,650,000. by HOWARD THOMPSON. Viewed as-is, SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS takes a strong will (or some strong drink) to make it through in one setting. They were married from August 1995 to November 2001, and had one child, Jordan Maxwell Kaufer. Zadora next starred in the 1982 film Fake-Out, also called Nevada Heat, a women in prison B-movie comedy co-starring Telly Savalas and Desi Arnaz Jr.. [21] She took the show to The Rrazz Room in San Francisco on June 8 where it ran for five performances until June 12. A clip is shown and discussed. [15], In 1985, Zadora starred as the object of an extraterrestrial's affections in the musical comedy Voyage of the Rock Aliens. E1 Entertainment's version from the 2010-11 syndicated television series, This page was last edited on 19 January 2021, at 10:50. On Dec. 17, Halifax-based Lions Den Theatre offers its unique take on this story of how Christmas came to the red planet. When in the 1980s Zadora's film career failed to achieve critical success, she switched her focus to music. After that, it was regularly re-released at Christmastime for matinees. The Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents. [30] Kady was named after Zadora's film character in Butterfly, which later inspired the call letters for station KADY-TV in Oxnard, California, after Riklis acquired it in 1988. You can begin your search here at Amazon.com. I don't want anybody to know because families don't go to see them – they just talk about them. She adapted part of her mother's maiden name as her stage name. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians received mostly negative reviews, with most of its positive feedback coming in the form of the film being so bad, it's good. [1], In an interview in June 1966, Levine said he had made 15 "family type pictures" in 18 months "but don't let it get around. StudioCanal holds ancillary rights to the film. Not long after her marriage, Zadora had a breakthrough as the Dubonnet Girl, appearing in print and television commercials for the apéritif wine, in whose American distributor Riklis was a shareholder. "Except for the Disneys, there's very little in film houses that children recognize as their own". But honestly, few who want to see this so-bad-it's-good flick will care about the quality of the print, as long as it's watchable. Zadora's acting career made little headway until, while touring with a musical production in 1972, she met Meshulam Riklis, 30 years older than she. Zadora and Riklis bought the Beverly Hills mansion Pickfair Manor in January 1988 from Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss for almost US$7 million. It has since found new life again, as it has been the subject of new riffing by Cinematic Titanic and RiffTrax, both productions of former MST3K writers and performers. Santa notices that Dropo acts like him, and says that Dropo would make a good Martian Santa Claus. In 1989, Zadora recorded the album Pia Z with producer Narada Michael Walden; this album also failed to chart. List of films in the public domain in the United States, "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians Slime Line DVD", "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (2021) on IMDb", Orange County Register review of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians at the Maverick Theater 2006, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Santa_Claus_Conquers_the_Martians&oldid=1001365420, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. They demolished most of the structure while keeping the guest houses, claiming that termites and time had made repairs difficult. The Martians Momar ("Mom Martian") and Kimar ("King Martian") are worried that their children Girmar ("Girl Martian") and Bomar ("Boy Martian") are watching too much Earth television, most notably station KID-TV's interview with Santa Claus in his workshop at Earth's North Pole. In February 1965, the New York Times said on its release that the film "reaped a box office bonanza in a regular, multi theatre booking".[4]. [32] In 2010 a defamation lawsuit brought by Kaufer against Zadora, which alleged that Zadora falsely accused Kaufer of sexually molesting their son, was dismissed because the presiding judge found Zadora's comments to be protected speech. Money in the bank, the television".[3]. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is a 1964 American science fiction comedy film directed by Nicholas Webster, produced and written by Paul L. 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