This Friday-Saturday, Landmark’s Regent Theater in Westwood will play host to midnight screenings of Santa’s Cool Holiday Film Festival. Along with a couple of Fleischer brother shorts, Ozzie and Harriet, Howdy Doody and vintage theater management greetings PSAs, there will also be a restored version of 1964’s Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.
The festival moves on locally the following weekend to Baldwin Hills, Chino Hills and the Bridge complex, but for fans of the woman whose husband would go on to buy her a Golden Globe for another Christmas, this is a perfect way to get into the cheesy holiday spirit. From the official program notes:
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is a baffling mixture of sci-fi, Christmas cheer and childish slapstick, all filmed in garish (or as the poster says, “Space-Blazing”) color. And you’ll see how important that color is when you find out that Pia Zadora plays the entire role with a bright green face.
Actually, her face hasn’t looked this green in years. Thanks to a new digital restoration, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians looks brighter and cleaner than it has looked since it was first foisted on unsuspecting children back in ’64.
To check out the new trailer, click here.