The stars of RiffTrax —Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”)— are back for a hilarious all-new take on a family “classic” with “RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.
This festive season event, a riff on one of the most popular titles in the MST3K catalog, is set to be an uproarious night for naughty and nice alike.
Presented by NCM Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN, “RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” will be broadcast to more than 570 select movie theaters. Participating Oklahoma theaters include Quail Springs 24 and Tinseltown USA in Oklahoma City, Spotlight Stadium 14 in Norman, Cinemark Tulsa 17 and Cinemark Broken Arrow.
Many have forgotten (or choose to forget) the Santa/Martian wars of 1964, and “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” bravely attempts to set the record straight. Martian parents Kimar and Momar become concerned that their children Bomar and Girmar have become too attached to television programs from Earth. Their solution is brilliant — if a bit of a non sequitur— they decide to kidnap Santa Claus! The nasty Martian 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.
The 1991 “Mystery Science Theater” episode that featured then-host Joel Hodgson and the ‘bots taking on the 1964 holiday film has become a favorite of MSTies everywhere, including me, so this should be lots of fun!