There really is a movie called Santa Claus Conquers the Martians!
Santa sets up a fantastic automated toy factory on Mars!
Where to find it:
The Internet Archive
"We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future. You are interested in the unknown... the mysterious. The unexplainable. That is why you are here." Criswell, Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)The Amazing Criswell aside, the future isn't what it used to be. Once upon a time in the dim, remote past called the 20th century, the future was big business. Among mystic Edgar Cayce's clients were such luminaries as Woodrow Wilson and Thomas Edison. Nostradamus was a rock star 400 years after he penned his last prophecy. Performers like the Amazing Kreskin routinely popped up on late night television to share their psychic insights. And their predictions dealt with more than just the tiresome minutiae of celebrity life -- they were about war and peace, wealth and poverty, the fortunes of great statesmen and politicians, and even the fate of the earth itself.
|Not even the Amazing Criswell could|
have predicted the enduring popularity
of Plan 9 from Outer Space
|The fake mentalist has his first real psychic vision.|
|Moon-eyed Christine (Jane Baxter)|
is the "battery" that jump starts
Maximus' psychic powers.
|Maximus and Rene are apprehensive as a nearby|
clock tower seems to toll for the end of their marriage.
|The desperate psychic implores the workers |
to stay away from the tunnel.
|Remember, only you can prevent stage fires|
caused by freaky psychic visions.
|When I'm not blogging, I'm hard at work|
solving the mysteries of the universe.
|Attack's titles feature some wild art.|
|"Once they were men, now they are land crabs!"|
"When Roger first told me he wanted this crab picture, he said, 'I want suspense or action in every single scene. Audiences must feel something could happen at any time.' So I put suspense and action in every scene. Usually, I'd do a draft in two, three weeks, with very little discussion with Roger. The he'd take my first draft and say, 'Let's tighten it up a little.' So I'd make a few changes and type it over with wider margins. That gave me a lower page count and Roger was happy." [Roger Corman with Jim Jerome, How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime, Da Capo Press, 1998.]
|Nurse Storey (Beverly Garland) is not sure what|
to make of her enigmatic employer.
"Roger thought Piper would wear a suit and bow tie and have a pocket full of pencils and say politely, 'Good afternoon, sir, may I see the man of the house?' So I show up in a black cashmere jacket and a black shirt and Roger is still unsure of the image. He says, 'You're not dressed.' I say, 'Hey, look, this is the way I dressed when I sold pots and pans in the Bronx for two weeks, let me dress this way. You think a guy goes to college to sell vacuums? If it doesn't work I'll go home on my lunch break and get other clothes.' I did the scene as a real hippie-dippy street kid with lines I ad-libbed as I went. 'Hey man, you wanna purchase, you purchase, you don't wanna purchase, you don't purchase…'" [Ibid.]
|What's a busy rocket scientist to do?|
Clone himself of course!
|This space mission is brought to you by La-Z-Boy (TM).|
"This was a quintessential example of shooting from the headlines. The first Russian Sputnik had just been launched when a friend called me with a story idea about satellites. I called Allied Artists and said I would have a script in two weeks and the film could be shot in ten days and cut in three weeks. The film was actually shot in eight days, and within two months of the headline event we had the first movie about the new space age."(P.S.: Look for Corman himself as a young mission control specialist.)
|You can't tell the ghosts without a scorecard!|
|Man's best friend, but not a puppet person's.|
|Warning! There's no Chinese dragon with a million eyes in this movie!|
|The Headless Horseman of... oh wait, that's another movie!|
|This is your brain on B sci-fi movies!|
|Can you believe this man was married to Shirley Temple?|
|Too much information. It's just a poster, damn it!|
|Edward Gorey (or someone very much like him) does "Dead of Night."|
|In his eyes was muurrrderrrr!!!!|
|Don't look her in the eyes! Uh-oh...|
|Oh crap, there are those eyes again!|
|Trapped in the maze of Hill House!|
|Don't be knocking at this house on Halloween!|
|Eye, eye, Vampiri!|
|Some people obviously can't handle 3D.|
|Journey to the Planet of the BEMs (Bug Eyed Monsters)|
|Even a movie with Hugh Grant in it can't spoil a great poster.|
|Okay, so I like dinosaurs. You got a problem with that?|
|The Ray (Milland) with the X-ray eyes.|
|Don't look too long into this face -- there lies madness!|
|Big monster on campus.|
|It's hard to wreak vengeance on tomb defilers on an empty stomach.|
|"What? My coupons have all expired?!"|
|Oh what a web we weave, when we practice to deceive (and drink blood)...|
|"Does this snake skin make me look fat?"|
|Okay, ants don't have eyes like that, not even giant ones...|
|"That blowed up good... real good!"|
|Tomb of the Evil Cat Lady|
|You better wake up before you hit the ground!|
|Don't take a trip on a starship built by the lowest bidder.|
|The first B movie poster designed by a Cubist painter (or so it seems)...|