Santa Claus Conquers The Martians
Being a huge Christmas nerd, I'll watch almost any holiday themed movie. So last year when I found a DVD of Santa Claus Conquers The Martians for a dollar at Walgreens (75% off after Christmas sale), buying it was a no brainer. I'd heard all kinds of stories about how its one of the worst movies ever made, but having finally watched it last week, I've got to say... it's completely awesome. Campy and cheesy and cheaply produced sure, but awesome nonetheless. How can you not love a movie that depicts Martians wearing high tech teapot helmets? I mean, Pia Zadora plays Girmar, one of the Martian children, and I think the quality of her cinematic oeuvre speaks for itself. The fight scene on the spaceship is an absolute classic, there is an homage to the Three Stooges, and the scene where a polar bear stalks Billy and Betty at the North Pole is the funniest thing I've seen in any movie this year other than Borat. And to top it all off, the theme song (by former Gong Show bandleader Milton DeLugg) has instantly jumped onto the list of my favorite Christmas songs.
The movie has fallen into public domain, so you can buy it on DVD for cheap, or you can watch it for free on google video. And you should. It'll be the best present you give yourself this year.
You can rent is as part of the Essentials collection. Trust me..you want to.