Santa Claus

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Santa Claus
"Now this is some good old-fashioned nightmare fuel!" - Crow, Mystery Science Theater 3000
Genre: Fantasy
Directed By: Rene Cardona
K. Gordon Murray (English dub)
Produced By: Guillermo Calderón
Written By: Adolfo Torres Portillo
Rene Cardona
Starring: José Elías Moreno
Cesáreo Quezadas
José Luis Aguirre
Armando Arriola
Lupita Quezadas
Queta Lavat
Cinematography: Raul Martinez Solares
Distributed By: K. Gordon Murray Productions
Release Date: November 26, 1959 (Mexico)
October 1960 (United States)
Runtime: 97 minutes (original Mexican cut)
94 minutes (American re-edit)
Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish

Santa Claus (also known as Santa Claus vs. The Devil and El Santa Claus) is a 1959 Mexican film that was released in the United States in 1960.


While Santa is delivering presents on Christmas Eve, the evil demon Pitch pops up out of nowhere and causes all kinds of trouble.

Why It Sucks

  1. The story is completely junky.
  2. Santa's workshop is in space, which makes no sense whatsoever.
  3. The jolly old man we all know and love doesn't act properly.
  4. Garbage direction.
  5. Bizarre and off-balance ideas for a story about Santa Claus.
  6. Many plotholes, including one with Merlin making a sleep potion.
  7. Santa's reindeer are now robotic.
  8. A bunch of scenes drag on.
  9. Unacceptable narration.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Good setpieces.
  2. Heartwarming scenes of love and kindness.