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521 - Santa Claus



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The Princess Elizena - about 1 month ago

Merry Christmas everyone!


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Flavius Charles Tango - about 1 month ago

CCCCOP KILLER!!!!


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Bela Lugosi's Twitching Eye - about 1 month ago

A Christmas movie tradition for me now. I just love Lupita. And of course I can't forget about Pitch (Curururururursus!)


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The Princess Elizena - about 1 month ago

Before I discovered this episode, I unwittingly stumbled across the original version of 'Santa Clause' in a vintage Christmas collection DVD set a few years back. This movie is so incredible--I watched with my family on Christmas eve and after we had recovered from the initial shock of how truly frightening it was, we had a blast riffing on it ourselves!


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DJburris87 - about 1 month ago

I love how they find ways to rag on Joe Don Baker in so many episodes he's not even in.


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Gratuitous Lurking - 3 months ago

I find it awesome that they referenced the Joike sweater in one of the MST3K Revival vids. Freaking comedic timing.


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Snuffy Wuffykiss - 4 months ago

Best character of the movie? The super cute puppy that trees Santa!


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Snuffy Wuffykiss - 4 months ago

Ever since i was a child and figured out that Santa wasn't real I've hated this tradition of lies. Better to know that gifts come from family and loved ones and not some fairy tale morality police. When you want something very much you should work hard to get it, not just pray to an imaginary man in the clouds.
As for this particular movie, "pure, old fashioned, nightmare fuel".


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Matthew Boyle - 5 months ago

other people have probably pointed this out but that initial children of the world bit was flawed. Africa isn't a country, England isn't a country and the Orient is not a country and was used more often to signify china, japan, and the far east than it was to signify india


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C. Joseph Osborn - 9 months ago

Don't feel bad, Santa. There was a time in my life when I also couldn't leave the house without 'the bag with the powders for dreaming of joy and goodwill.'


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Rosebud - 11 months ago

from back when Africa was a "country".


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Last of the Wild Ponies - about 1 year ago

@59:16 I just want to see Santa conk Pitch on the noggin. Just once.


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Jesse Infinity - about 1 year ago

"he's got a Stephen king manuscript in that bag"


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Bill Bellamy - about 1 year ago

It bothers me how they say 'the other guy' like Joel was horrible and should be forgotten. He created the bots, you'd think they would refer to him by name.


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Diane - aka Starbreeze - about 1 year ago

I love this opening scene. It's one of my favorites. I think I'm going buy me one of those JOIKE sweaters after Christmas.


Torgo?
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Diane - aka Starbreeze - about 1 year ago

I think that might be Torgo at 49.30 in the background. He's definitely sporting the Torgo gear.


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Ozzie Olin - about 1 year ago

I called the number in the ad, just out of curiosity over what it was connected to in this day and age. I've been on hold for 8 minutes with absolutely no clue what I'm holding for.


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Rifftrax is doing this movie live on the 4th of December, just like how they did Santa Claus Conquers the Martians last year. I can't wait! (Well, I can, but I don't want to.)


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Stephen A Nathe - over 1 year ago

ya'll should watch the Christmas Village RIFFTRAX shorts, they use the same creepy footage+EVEN CREEPIER stuff too


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Stephen A Nathe - over 1 year ago

"Mmm....why do they leave me so heavily medicated...?
mmmm...w...were my parents j...just here...??
mm..mmmm...if I could just get some movement in my legs...
mmm mmmmmhmm..."


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Mike singing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" to himself in the last host segment breaks my heart a little.


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Barffly - over 1 year ago

Such a bizarre movie...


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Jane Sproul - over 1 year ago

The little rich boy really does look heavily medicated. Like, two-bowls-and-one-of-the-big Xanax-tablets heavily medicated. That or morphine.


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Gourry Gabriev - over 1 year ago

Those reindeer. And that laugh. 8-8 I'm crying.


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Let us all have a moment of silence for T.V.'s Frank's hair.


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Stephen A Nathe - over 1 year ago

I think that'd be a Flaming Meaux, Servo.....


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Stephen A Nathe - over 1 year ago

i love Paul as Pitch


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B RYE the MST3K Guy - over 1 year ago

give Lupita an Oscar then burn movie to save future generations


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I question the Santa mythology presented in this movie.


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Frederick Jacob Luebker - almost 2 years ago

I want the MST3K mouse pad!


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Sean Barry - almost 2 years ago

The scene with the 3 "mean" kids arguing is like watching a tiny-tot version of "The Godfather."


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Sean Barry - almost 2 years ago

Why is it up to Santa to fight the devil? Isn't that more Jesus' jurisdiction? Maybe an angel or something...


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Sean Barry - almost 2 years ago

Hey what's with the MST3K merchandise? Sellout alert! Well I guess it's unavoidable in a souless society.


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Atom Manhattan - almost 2 years ago

Holy child labor, Batman...what a chimney full of disturbing bull@#$% this was.
I expect to wake up screaming later on tonight.
Watching this before bed was a poor choice.


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Scott A. Taylor - about 2 years ago

Wow this movie is fucking creepy :P Makes me route for Satan .. not Santa :P


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Nicole Hendricks - about 2 years ago

is it me or does santa look like a sex offender! lol


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Stu Slaymaker - about 2 years ago

The reference to the short bald guy dumping the letters in the chute is about Arturo Toscanini, long time conductor of the NBC Radio Symphony Orch. from 1937-1953. Mike's line is, "I'd just like to point out that Toscanini also works at the post office."


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Dr. Despicable - about 2 years ago

Sweet Jeebus - the Laughter of the Reindeer! I might never be the same...


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Stereo Catz - about 2 years ago

One Hundred and Thirty Seven VIEWERS!


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Stereo Catz - about 2 years ago

Never get out of the sleigh, absolutely gotdamned right.


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Stereo Catz - about 2 years ago

Wait, were those little kidnapped Indian children dancing next to a gun rack?


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I find it interesting that this vision of Santa Claus implies that he exploits the labor of African and "Oriental" children despite not bringing gifts to children who share their background.


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Teri Gee - about 2 years ago

I never really registered the album that Crow gets is by Steve Alaimo...from Wild Rebels. :)


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Suzannah Burton - about 2 years ago

0:35:45 the boy on the far left is SO Troy from 'The Final Sacrifice'. Rowsdower ought to be Santa.


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So I guess Cambot drew Magic Voice's name and vice versa?


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I cringed along with them when the Japanese girl's voice completely broke in half during that little song... Ouch...


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Heh. The opener helpfully reminds me of why I never try to sing in public.

Also, Dr. F: "Brass monkeys, Frank." :D


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Patrick Swayze Christmas - about 2 years ago

It's Christmas Time!...so Free your Mind....Let Love Unwind...


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Alex Jokela - about 2 years ago

At 11:52, it looks like a rack of rifles behind the children (to the left)


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Joseph Ewing - about 2 years ago

How many children's Christmas movies end with police being called in?


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Phil Carstens - about 2 years ago

Mike says Santa Klaws sounded like the Fixx, but I think they also sound vaguely like the Sisters of Mercy.


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Phil Carstens - about 2 years ago

If there's a person on this earth who doesn't find Lupita adorable, I don't want to know.


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Bruce Box-Liker - about 2 years ago

Santa both starts and ends in Mexico City, though Pedro tells us that he apparently covered Europe, Asia, and South America at some point. Without even bothering to analyze the logistics of his route, it would appear that two whole continents got skipped.


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Joseph Ewing - over 2 years ago

Can anyone tell what Mike says at 37:56 as the guy is going through the mail and picking out all the letters to Santa?


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Sarah Zaleta - over 2 years ago

Dear santa I've been good send me a machine gun and he approves!!


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oh lupita....! so adorable


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Kelly Slane - over 2 years ago

0:38:36 - Clearly the first Harry Potter movie stole the letter scene from THIS movie...


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Kelly Slane - over 2 years ago

I love that Crow's eyes fall out and land perfectly on the desk.


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Joseph Ewing - over 2 years ago

This is the harshest kids movie ever. "He's going to murder you", "Beat your brains out", "If his beard was white when you were a small girl, he'd be dead and buried by now", "The house is burning. I'm on fire", "You will starve to death and I will rule the Earth." What the hell is wrong with Mexico?


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Bozohotep - over 2 years ago

This could be the weirdest movie ever made.


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Joshua Bivens - over 2 years ago

Why did Gypsy refer to Joel as 'the other guy'?


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Joshua Knox - over 2 years ago

I guess Santa Claus got rid of the elves and settled on a child slavery racket...


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Fredrick Stafford - over 2 years ago

Hello Santa Claus. I’m Chris Hansen. Why don’t you have a seat over there…


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Charles Todd Helton Architect - over 2 years ago

I think that the beginning skit is the best start of any MST3K episode.
I love the screaming robots.


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Lewis Nitzberg STINKS! - over 2 years ago

Creepiest. Santa Claus. Ever.


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Mike Carmona - over 2 years ago

"Merry Christmas...If That's Okay"


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SpoungeBot - over 2 years ago

No matter how hard I try I can never make it all the way through this one.


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Vanir - over 2 years ago

Anyone else see the Evil Dead reference when the reindeer started laughing? lol


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Cindy - almost 3 years ago

I would camp out for tickets to see Santa Klaws in concert!


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Jimbo Ludwig - almost 3 years ago

Only 10 more years and Frank's $25 savings bond matures!


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Kimono Dragon - almost 3 years ago

Did the Spanish mom at 50:35 actually suggest to her daughter that they PRAY to Santa Claus? Does anyone else find that slightly... messed up?


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Kimono Dragon - almost 3 years ago

At 12:40, Santa is watching the kids from France sing. The look on his face is seriously disturbing. Like, parole violation, not allowed within 250 feet of an elementary school disturbing. TEACHER, bad touch!!!


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Rachel Adams - about 3 years ago

What's Pedro doing at 45:30? Looks like he's signaling the boom mic guy for a mission extraction.


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Bruce Box-Liker - about 3 years ago

"Of course I love you, sonny. Just as much as your parents. Because no one loves a child as much as his parents."

Well done, Mr. Claus.


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Nicholas Brownlee - about 3 years ago

Is it just me, or does the voice-over of Lucifer in the "Hell" scene sound incredibly similar, if not the same as, the voice of the Santa Claus actor?
0:02:46 I always laugh my ass off when I see their operator...who is "Wilbur", the guardian angel of that insane couple of painfully irritating, song-addicted newlyweds...who have somehow evaded a "real honeymoon" for several years after being married. It's in "Once Upon A Honeymoon". The guardian angel Wilbur must ensure that at long last, this married man and woman will have some proper (or improper ;-) marital intercourse in order for him to earn his wings in Heaven. Makes sense to me, but I'm getting off topic.


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DMT approved!!


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Fancy Pantserton - about 3 years ago

wait...the stork box said Paris...is there some special meaning of the word "paris" in Spanish, or is the film saying the stork lives in Paris?


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Fancy Pantserton - about 3 years ago

Don't you wish all YOUR friends could ignore Satan?


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Fancy Pantserton - about 3 years ago

Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho!


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Fancy Pantserton - about 3 years ago

Wait...they missed out on riffs about dislexia, like how satan might be pissed off at santa because of all the letters he gets every year...


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Scooter Atreides - about 3 years ago

Forgive the overwhelming nerdiness of this comment: But has anyone else ever wondered if Santa's sack is actually a Bag Of Holding?


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Scooter Atreides - about 3 years ago

I can't help thinking that 99% of the problems Santa runs into in this film would never have occured if he'd just stayed on EARTH!

Y'know? Where EVERY other culture with a Santa Claus puts him?

You just HAD to be clever, didn't cha Mexico? OH A little workshop at the North Pole wasn't GOOD enough for MEXICAN Santa! No, they had to give him a freakin' gold and crystal palace in mother lovin' OUTER SPACE!! And no immortal, magical elves for THIS Santa's toy factory: Only a full staff of kidnapped, singing, multi-cultural children will do!
And to HELL with Mrs. Claus! What use was she, anyway? No, only Merlin the Wizard: Mentor of King Arthut and nearly omnipotent bender of reality is an appropriate companion for Mexico's new and improved Santa :P


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Stereo Catz - about 3 years ago

AH! Rifftrax just released a riffed sequel-prequel-All I know is it has Santa, and Merlin, AND the Ice cream Bunny in it thing to this!


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Classicats - about 3 years ago

Does anyone else feel like they're going through an extended live version of "It's A Small World" during the beginning sequence?


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Stereo Catz - about 3 years ago

I love it when Santa paraphrases Rowdy Roddy Piper.


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Stereo Catz - about 3 years ago

You’d think with Santa’s advanced technology he could manage to construct some mechinoid reindeer with a little less susceptibility to solar radiation.


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Stereo Catz - about 3 years ago

...a machete, a germ warfare kit, a box of hand grenades, a sniper rifle, a surface to air missile site,…


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Stereo Catz - about 3 years ago

I must say I’m a little uncomfortable with the concept of a Santa who steals mail and makes heavy use of unsanctioned surveillance equipment.


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Stereo Catz - about 3 years ago

Servo screwed up a riff in the opening credits. He mis-emphasized Save it.


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49:30 - 49:37 Is... Is that Torgo in the back there?


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Elizabeth Lafferty - about 3 years ago

That Santa is one weird mama jamma.


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Alex Stefanic - about 3 years ago

I can safely say that I have never seen anything quite as terrifying as that laughing clockwork reindeer.


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Kiri T. Unicorn - over 3 years ago

"Santa flew 23 missions over North Korea."
For some reason, I have no trouble picturing a younger Santa Claus as a brash fighter jock in an F-86.


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Kiri T. Unicorn - over 3 years ago

A dreidel? I didn't know Tom's Jewish... That must've been some bris.


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Scooter Atreides - over 3 years ago

Fun fact: English version director "Ken Smith" is actually producer K. Gordon Murray under an alias....Murray also provides the voice of the narrator.


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Scooter Atreides - over 3 years ago

The very fact that Gypsy could knit a sweater without any limbs makes it the most awesome gift in the world. ;)


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Scooter Atreides - over 3 years ago

First of likely numerous Christmas season viewings...now that Halloween's been over for a full 3 1/2 hours ;)


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Michael Sullivan - over 3 years ago

Khaddafi AND Mubarak gags in the same ep? Prescient.


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Sage Harpuia - over 3 years ago

When I have a family of my own, this movie will be part of our tradition for the holidays.


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Glenn Wickline - over 3 years ago

This one has always been a personal favorite episode of mine!


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Rachel Adams - over 3 years ago

Tim Burton wishes he could be this creepy.


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Rachel Adams - over 3 years ago

I love Mike's call "home."
"Well.... I suppose."


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Matthew Eickhoff - over 3 years ago

I love that sweater Gypsy knits for "Joike".