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Santa Claus (John Call) hopes to save earthling children Billy (Victor Stiles) and Betty (Donna Conforti) from a life on Mars. He negotiates with their martian abductors in "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." RiffTrax Live skewers this bit of sci-fi holiday camp.

Sci-fi flick recounts Santa-Martian war

Not excited about another viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life? Need to bookend an annual viewing of A Christmas Story with another funny flick?

Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN Entertainment teamed up to bring Santa Claus Conquers the Martians to theaters in a live broadcast at 7 p.m. today at Cinemark 14, 2825 Wind River Lane in Denton.

The sci-fi holiday comedy is about the Santa-Martian war of 1964. Martian parents Kimar and Momar are worried that their children have become too attached to television programs from Earth. Their solution is to kidnap Santa Claus.

But there are jerks even among Martians. The villain Voldar captures two Earth children, Billy and Betty, along with Santa and heads off for Mars. Only the bravery of Billy and Betty and the bumbling of a stowaway and “the laziest man on Mars,” Droppo, can foil Voldar’s evil plans.

RiffTrax, a company that assembles Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, presents the three performers onstage below the big screen. The personalities behind Mystery Science Theatre 3000 narrate the action with wry observation and satirical barbs.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is rated PG-13, 120 minutes. For tickets, visit

— Staff report

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