RIFFTRAX LIVE: SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS
Ever since the early 90s, I have been a HUGE fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000.. and was one of the millions who were devastated when the show was not only canceled, but taken off the air completely. So, when it made it’s some-what return (in the form of Rifftrax) I did not hesitate to check them out.
With just about every Rifftrax Live event (from the ones I have been to at least).. they always open with a short (or two).. In the Holiday spirit, the 1951 short film ‘Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen’ is unleashed upon it’s unsuspecting audience. This short is filled with enough terrifying and frightening images to feed my nightmares for the next 3 years. The only thing I could gather from the ‘Storyline’ was that a tweaked out ADHD ‘brownie’ (Santa no longer enlists the assistance of elves anymore apparently) tries to make children appreciate the toys they are given on Christmas. Then, what seems like a heroin addict dressed as a ‘Fairy Snow Queen’… umm.. ‘dances’.. and brings all the toys to life. Think of this as a really Fucked up version of Toy Story… played by Drug Addicts.
I have never seen ‘Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’ (the movie.. or the MST3K/Cinematic Titanic episodes)… so this was a fresh experience for me. The film tells the story of the Children on Mars. Basically, they all look like they take too much Prozac and Ambien. The leader of the Martians decides to kidnap Santa to bring cheer and happiness to Children on Mars. On the way, they end up also kidnapping two Earth Children on the way… which somehow sets off a series of events leading to an attempted Mutiny and all kinds of Shenanigans
Now.. onto the Riff itself. This is one of the funniest Rifftrax Live Events I have been to. They perfectly balanced out the levels of humor to make sure every demographic is entertained. There was only one or two mess-ups with the lines… which added to the entertainment and charm. I HIGHLY recommend downloading this when they release it on VOD or DVD.