Our festive Attack of the B-Movies $5 double feature includes:
Feature 1: SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (1966)
Martian ruler Kimar (Leonard Hicks) is upset that the children of Mars are lazy and under the influence of too much pop culture from Earth. They are obsessed with the planet’s television programs and don’t want to do much of anything. In an attempt to get the kids peppy again, Kimar orders the kidnapping of Santa Claus (John Call), hoping that the jolly old toymaker will know how to cheer the children up again. But two Earth children are also nabbed, and this complicates things for Kimar.
The film is widely regarded as one of the worst films ever made. It was a 10-year old Pia Zadora’s first film role. And the movie marks the first documented appearance of Mrs. Claus in a motion picture (Doris Rich), coming three weeks before the television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which also featured Mrs. Claus.
Feature 2: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960)
Seymour Krelboin (Jonathan Haze) works in the Skid Row flower shop owned by Mr. Mushnik (Mel Welles). In his spare time, Seymour creates a new plant species he names Audrey Junior in honor of his girlfriend Audrey (Jackie Joseph). Audrey Junior begins speaking and demands to be fed human blood and flesh.
You may be more familiar with the stage and film musical Little Shop of Horrors, but this is the original horror comedy that spawned those later productions. It was directed by Roger Corman who also directed A Bucket of Blood, which screened earlier in our B-Movie series. Legend has it that most of this film was shot in two days on leftover sets from A Bucket of Blood. The film’s cast includes a young Jack Nicholson in the role of masochistic dental patient Wilbur Force.