Apparently someone slipped me some Yule tide acid tonight. SANTA CLAUS tells the tale of the night before Christmas when Pitch, Lucifer's lead demon, is sent to Earth to trick the children into being bad little girls and boys in an attempt to overthrow Santa's rule. Pitch enlists the help of three naughty boys to set traps and stop Santa from delivering his Christmas cheer. But Santa doesn't get mad.. He gets EVEN!! Despite the awful dubbing, laughable costumes, and over-the-top acting, the production values are actually quite surprising considering this film came out of 1960s Mexico. The set design, special FX, and matte work all greatly exceed expectation, and Cardona shows an impressive amount of craftsmanship for such a low budget B-movie. The plot and acting are just so utterly ridiculous that it can't possibly be taken seriously. Santa uses his magical powers given to him from Merlin, who works on Santa's orbital space station, in order to sneak in to each house unnoticed. He then sniffs his magic flowers that allow him to teleport out of each house as Pitch dances around in his red leotard trying to spoil Santa's attempts. Computerized re-enactment:
I have been searching all season for a new Christmas classic to watch every year, and I think I may have found it. SANTA CLAUS is absolutely hilarious, with some of the most off the wall and unintentionally funny dialogue I have seen in years. The film served as an episode of the cult TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000, and with good cause. It is best watched with a group of friends and a 24pk to warm up the holidays with some awesome B-movie cheer. Even in all of its terrible glory, it still makes for a fun Christmas Fantasy flick that I am sure children would enjoy as well. I am surprised to see how low it has been rated on IMDB. Is it silly? Yes. Is it stupid? Sure, but a great deal of work obviously went in to this production, and it is indisputably entertaining.
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