Weird little Christmas movies

Not everything is “It’s A Wonderful Life,” or has to be

John I. Carney
4 min readDec 12, 2022

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When I was campus film chairman in college in the early 1980s, long before “Mystery Science Theater 3000” began making fun of bad movies, we had a “World’s Worst Film Festival.” I believe — although I’m not 100 percent certain — that one of the films we screened was “Santa Claus Conquers The Martians” (1964).

Theatrical poster for the film “Santa Claus Conquers The Martians,” with a collage of scenes from the film.
This was actually my Christmas card last year.

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John I. Carney

Author of “Dislike: Faith and Dialogue in the Age of Social Media,” available at http://www.lakeneuron.com/dislike