Thursday, Dec 20, 2012
Movies on a Big Screen at The Grange
3823 V St, Sacramento, CA 95817
Seating is limited! Advance tickets available at http://www.moviesonabigscreen.com
The entire night will be overseen and hosted by nationally syndicated late night horror host, Cinema Insomnia's Mr. Lobo! We'll also be giving out Crappy Christmas presents to those few unlucky enough to get them.
And featuring the holiday "classic"
Santa vs Satan
We're equal parts apologetic and ashamed that we'll be yet AGAIN presenting the return of this bizarre and relatively unknown movie from 1959, originally filmed and released in Mexico. Included will be the badly dubbed English soundtrack from its 1960 US release.
The plot is fairly straight-forward - Santa lives on a cloud floating over the North Pole where, rather than elves, children from all over the world help make toys (and they're really more like happy slaves). Is this a happy Santa that you'll hope will come down your chimney? Um, not so much. He's pretty creepy with his overly sweet voice paired with his disturbing (and not quite jolly) laugh and insincere and sometimes vacant eyes staring at children through odd Sid and Marty Krofft-like devices - well, it's best just left at that... But anyway - Satan is determined to bring Santa down, so sends his minion, Pitch (a skinny guy in a cheap weird red suit), to the surface to make the kids of the world hate Santa and engage in vandalism and other mischief. Oh yes - and Santa is pals with Merlin the Magician who supplies St. Nick with, amongst other things, sleeping powder. Oh - did we mention the vampiric mechanized reindeer? No? Or the interpretive dance in Hell? Hmm...
All in all, this is one surreal (and yes, it IS surreal) cheaply made (and yes, it IS very low-budget, so don't expect quality) Christmas travesty for all to enjoy, even with its boring parts (and yes, it DOES have it's boring parts). When this was first released in theaters, it was common to see children leaving in tears from trauma and fright.
You know, it's not really a Christmas movie without dialog like, "There's a prowler out there -- he's come to kill your wife. And your children. He's going to murder you!"
"How can a movie get everything so very, very wrong and yet be so very, very right? If you aren't the least bit familiar with this surreal trip into an extremely non-traditional view of jolly ol' St. Nick, perhaps the less known the better, as half the fun of this colossal mess is staring in dumbfounded awe at what is transpiring on the screen. It's a hoot. A damned scary hoot, granted, but certainly a hoot." - dvdinmypants.com