Santa Claus (1959)

Mike Matei / December 23rd, 2008

Santa Claus

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  • April 8, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Home Alone is not a comedy, Home Alone is a torture!

  • April 9, 2010 at 4:32 am

    YEAH I agree… Home Alone is torture, but also a good and a typical violant Christmas movie 8D…

    Soo… Santa is stalking kids when they sleep? O0″
    WHAAAAAAAATT!!”?

  • April 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Santa’s crazy INDEED!!! What kind of crazy piece of crap movie that was? Thank god for MST3K for keeping my sanity intact!

  • Shikster

    April 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Holy holiday Michael Jackson wet dreams Batman!

  • TheCommentGuy

    April 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    That realy stuped. Its one of those thing were its so stuped you feel embarest to watch it.

  • bloodawn5

    May 17, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Man, I gotta say its a weird thing, but heres a funny fact: This movie is always broadcasted on Christmas in Mexico,( its like our Rudolph the red nose reaindear). How do I know: I live there and that is one of my childhood favorite movies. i love that movie, and all my friends allways talk about this movie, is cheesy and all but it has a special place in all our hearts, probably in all mexican hearts of my age (21) because it was always broadcasted on the principal network channel and everyone remembers this movie with love. And you can always have a good laugh remembering those Raindeers For me that Santa is the best Santa, he always looked to me like a nice man. Great review and damn I love to see this movie, it always cracks me up all those weird stuff, and the nostalgia itr brings.

    • D3MoNR3N0

      March 20, 2014 at 1:43 am

      I funny enough want to see it I am curious and it looks fun to me and like something as a kid I would’ve loved.

  • exziggy

    June 6, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    The original name of the devil was ¨precio¨ ( price ).

  • Crowbar

    July 4, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Looks like “Youtube Poop – The Movie” ôo

  • ccrstarpanda

    July 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    i can relate to eating chocolate ice cream as a punishment for pitch.
    i hate choclate ice cream! i love vanilla, cherry, strawberry, but i hate chocloate! so, there you go. pitch must hate it like me.

    oooh god, satan must be embarrassed by his portrayal in this film. -_-

  • WatchmenFTW

    August 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    SHIT!!! This evil Santa Claus must’ve been a merging of the normal Santa which we all love and Freddy Kreuger!!!

  • December 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I have to correct you, James. Christmas did not start in the Christian world around Jesus Christ. It was originally a Pagan holiday called Saturnalia. It was a Roman Pagan holiday, to be exact, where the exchange of gifts took place around the time of Winter Solstice. The Catholic Church had banned Christmas during the Dark Ages because they wanted no association with a Pagan tradition. The Puritans did it as well because there was no mention of Christmas in the Bible so it was banned here too until 1681 when Christmas was widely celebrated around the world again. Christmas has never truly been the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth, that part was made up to fit with the holiday. Christ’s actual birth was sometime between April & September if you study the seasons of the origins of Jesus’ birth. Not trying to piss any Christians off. Just stating facts.

  • Otaku4Life

    December 24, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Pitch is Satan’s Bitch!!!!

  • Kaikan

    December 24, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Actually this is not a bad movie… I watched it before and it’s simple and funny.

  • volt28

    December 25, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Watch the MST3X episode with this. Fucking hilarious. This movie is horriable, not even good camp fun like Wild Wild world of Bat women. But if you want a cheesy random crap holiday movie, certainly watch this. Nice review James

  • disco steve

    December 25, 2010 at 5:32 am

    TwistedSpeech:

    Uh, dude? You may want to check your facts.

    The feast of Saturnalia had very little in common with Christmas outside of gift giving and partying (the prank pulling, orgies, and civilly mandated acts of vandalism which were at the heart of the feast of Saturnalia , fun as they are, just wouldn’t sit well with the Christians). So trying to draw parallels between them is always going to end up being an exercise in grasping at straws.

    Even from the early days of Christianity, the Christians celebrated Christmas (since about 200 ACE, when they had a feast day for the nativity). The only guys that had a problem with it were the guys who believed in Eutychianism (the belief that Jesus was never born into human flesh, but was just divine). But they were a minority (which happens when you are considered heretics by your respective ideology) .

    Also contrary to your statement, Christmas was widely celebrated throughout the Middle Ages by the catholic church (and in fact many of the Anglo-Saxon world’s traditions such as caroling, Christmas dinner, etc were first originally formulated in the Early Middle Ages).

    The Puritans did indeed ban Christmas…but it was only them. Other Christian groups still freely celebrated it in many other states in the U.S. (Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania and others).

    So yeah, for the Christians at least, Christmas has always been about Christ’s birth (the date was based on an assumption made by Sextus Julius Africanus, a church historian of the 3rd century ACE that Jesus was conceived on the Spring Equinox and thus would be born on December 25th). So nothing about it being “made up to fit the holiday” (as you stated) has any basis in history.

    The rest of us though are a different story of course. I’m an agnostic, so for me it’s all about Black Friday (and the survival thereof).

    Not trying to get on your (or anyone else’s) bad side, chief. I just wanted to state the historical facts just so you remain informed.

    “A History of Holidays” is a good book on the subject and actually features all the corrections I just listed.

  • disco steve

    December 25, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Fuck. Those reindeer….robot….things, scare the crap out of me.

  • Crowbar

    December 25, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Well, the “real” Christmas comes indeed from Pagan tradition, namely the pagan “Julfest” which was celebratet around the end of December. When the Catholic Church spread their belief they kept the Pagan Holidays to make it easier for the pagans to adapt, but changed the backgrounds so that they fitted the christian mythology.

    From what I’ve heard, you can’t tell when Jesus was actually born because the hebrew calendar works differently than ours.

  • December 25, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Merry Christmas, What a real christmas treat, I love it, its is indeed a pagan festival from Germany and ha nothing to do truly with christmas, heck santa was invented by coke and is a master of ceremonys, he is not even from the north pole, that was invented as it was a neutral place. oh and BOOM! http://www.vizzed.com/vizzedboard/index.php?ref=65348

  • disco steve

    December 25, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Crowbar:

    Not really. The Christians adopted some practices that were originally featured in Pagan festivals (duh, most of the world of the time was pagan so why not borrow some of their more useful secular ideas ie: giving gifts and tarting up tress for fun? ) to make this feast day more festive. But Christmas itself was not from Pagan tradition or a Pagan holiday.

    In fact, Christmas and the Germanic Yuletide/Julfest (historically speaking) existed as contemporary, parallel existing festivals when the Nordic tribes who celebrated it were absorbed by the growing Holy Roman Empire. Over time, these tribes began to drink ale and light the yule log (the hallmarks of Yuletide) along with the traditions the Christians brought with them for their Christmas. Soon some of those recreational practices were also adopted for Christmas (because hey, ale is good).

    Most likely, Jesus was a November birth. Like I said, the December 25th guess was based on Sextus’s assumption that big J.C was conceived during the Spring Equinox.

  • disco steve

    December 25, 2010 at 9:55 am

    While I’m here, a question:

    WHAT THE HELL IS THAT BIG LIPPED COMPUTER THING?!

    Seriously! WHAT IS THAT?!

  • disco steve

    December 25, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Wait a minute!

    In that dance number in hell, we see multiple demons. Why does Pitch have to do this mission solo?

    Why on Earth does Santa live in the JLA watchtower with Merlin? Was the rent too high by himself?

    WHAT THE HELL IS THAT BIG LIPPED COMPUTER THING?! WHAT IS IT AND WHY DOES IT HAUNT MY NIGHTMARES?!

  • disco steve

    December 25, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Oh…and Merry Christmas to all!

    (…or Happy Holidays….or Happy Shut-The-Fuck-Up)

  • Hammerpants

    December 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Merry Christmas to you too, James!

  • December 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I just watched this movie like 3 hours before watching this review. and Yes it is actually a classic here in Mexico, You gotta love it while hating it

  • December 25, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    @ Disco Steve: I don’t know where you got all your facts from, but you’re 100% wrong. ACE is not even a dating system. There is BC (Before Christ) or BCE (Before Common Era) & AD (Anno Domini), but no ACE (After Christ’s Existence?). Christmas (holiday) was not even celebrated until 400 AD after Roman Emperor Constantine organized the first Christian bible & faith in 325 AD. Yes, there were Christian faiths before this time, but they were unorganized and some even worshiped multiple gods. If you watched the History Channel, or CNN these last two days, you would know this. There were feasts to celebrate Jesus, but they were not Called Christmas and those didn’t start until 243 AD. They was not even a name for these feasts till 1038 AD when is was call Christ Mass. Both Saturnalia & Jul-fest, or Yule-tide as it is actually known, were celebrated fests of gift giving and massive suppers, which is what Christmas (holiday) is all about. The religious part is known as Christ Mass which wasn’t heard of until 1038 AD, as I said before. These are all facts you can find in Wikipedia or by watching the History Channel. Scientist have proved that Jesus was born in April, around the 17th, because that was the Spring Equinox, November is wintertime in the Middle East so there is no way he was born then. If you’re going to try and contradict me you need to study your history instead of just making things up out of thin air. And for the finale, the message was to James and no one else, so I think it’s wise you just mind your own business. If James has something to say, he’ll say it. Otherwise don’t presume to talk for the man. He doesn’t need your help.

  • disco steve

    December 26, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Easy there, sonny. I wasn’t trying to talk for James. I was just trying to talk for historical reality. No need to get all twitchy. Especially when you are off mark.

    Several things:

    1. ACE (After Christian Era) is an interchangable term for CE (Common Era). This is commonly used by archeologists when referring to the rise of modern Euro-American culture (Johnathan Zander often uses this term for example). Cumbersome? Yes. But I got used to using it. But if you insist, I’ll use BC/AD for the purpose of clarity.

    2. Christmas the holiday was in fact celebrated from about 200 AD. It was a feast day celebrating the nativity. This fact was written in several historical accounts and reference pieces of the day (the Chronographai, the works of Clement, etc). So once again, your dates are off. The feast was already established at the time, as were the core beliefs of the church (minus a few heresies here and there). There were secessionist churches, and as such the dates for the feast day varied, but the feast day itself was fairly standard across the divide.

    3. Christmas (at least to Christians) is not about gift giving. The gift giving, tree tarting, etc were secular traditions that were added to the pre-existing feast to make it a bigger deal/more attractive to outsiders (as I said, more festive). What you are describing is Christmas as a secular holiday which did not occur until many centuries later (and mostly with he aid of commercial interests). You, me and other non-Christians only see it as a secular holiday centered around gift giving. But that doesn’t mean that is it’s true form for Christians or (as history shows us) that it was established as such.

    4. No one has ever proven when Jesus was born. Sextus’ time frame was based on a greco-egyptian calender. As such, the seasons started and stopped at different times than the later roman calender (this led to arguments about the validity of the claims amongst his contemporaries since they were going by the roman calender). Hence why there are so many dates thrown out. None of which have ever been proven.

    If you want more proof allow me to recommend a few more books.

    “Christmas through the Centuries”

    “The Battle for Christmas”

    “Christmas: Festival of Incarnation”

    “Greek and Roman Calenders: Constructions of Time”

    “Backgrounds of Early Christianity”

    I’ve studied my history quite well, thank you very much. I recommend you
    actually read what the experts say on the matter (The History Channel is notoriously inaccurate and Wikipedia is a fool’s trap).

    Now I don’t know why you’ve thrown such a tantrum. I’m just trying to prevent you from being misinformed. Which your latest diatribe proves you are. I haven’t “made anything up out of thin air”. I have just stated the facts.

  • Chewieshmoo

    December 26, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Fact is this is actually the most accurate documentary of Santa ever filmed!

  • Hammerpants

    December 26, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Steve? Twisted?

    Can you both just settle down? This is not a history board. It’s a comedy website.

    This isn’t a place for you guys to push your pet theories or ideologies. This is a place for people from all walks of life to get together and have a good time.

    This isn’t a place for you guys to clog up the comments section with your stamping feet and bitterness. This is a place for people to let loose and escape from that kind of crap.

    I ask you both now to please, PLEASE stop this and/or take it somewhere else. I ask you this favor as a fellow fan of the AVGN. Please.

  • the thinker

    December 26, 2010 at 1:21 am

    @hammerpants

    fuck off you pussy. whats next? your going to sing “we are the world”?

    @discosteve/twistedspeech

    TL;DR

    if i needed a history lesson from a pair of neckbeards with a sense of unwarranted self importance id go to ED. so gtfo.

  • December 26, 2010 at 1:48 am

    @Disco Steve. All your books have been proven as inaccurate. So thanks for playing, but I think it’s time to stop talking.

    @The Thinker. If it bothers you so much, don’t read.

    @Hammperpants. Don’t worry, I said what I had to say. I’m done. It was only meant to James, but some dicks like to open their mouths and say things no one asked them to on James behalf.

  • disco steve

    December 26, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Really now, Twisted Speech? They’ve been proven inaccurate? Oh brother….

    Texts which have been assembled by scholars in the field and have been peer reviewed? Sorry charlie, but scholarly consensus agrees with those books I cited and thus agrees with me.

    Twisted, you’ve been proven wrong on each and every turn here. That is reality.

    I’m sorry that you are so bitter about it. Like I said, I wasn’t trying to speak for James. I was just trying to inform you.

  • disco steve

    December 26, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Hammerpants,

    Wish granted. I’m gone.

  • Hammerpants

    December 26, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Thank you. Both of you. I appreciate your civility.

  • Dr.Cornelius

    December 26, 2010 at 4:40 am

    @TwistedSpeech ACE stands for After Common Era. Look it up smarty pants. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Era

  • bunzita

    December 26, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I saw this! Didn’t MST3K do a review of this or something? Woww, memories…

  • m1rock

    December 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Santa reminds me of Sid Haig from The Devils Rejects. Hell maybe this is one film Rob Zombie should actually remake…

  • Hammerpants

    December 26, 2010 at 3:45 pm

  • Hammerpants

    December 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    @m1rock

    I noticed that too….

    Be careful what you wish for.

  • cplus312

    December 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    This movie looks fing weird I guess Im goig to check it out :) thanks for the vid james

  • Snafu

    December 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Ah, good old fashioned nightmare fuel.

    -Tom Servo

  • December 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    James, you forgot to mention this is a Mexican film.

    • EmanTheBarbarian

      December 20, 2011 at 11:44 am

      You also forgot to mention that Lucifer was CLEARLY James Earl Jones!!!

  • December 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    i really love that movie i saw it in the tv when i was a child
    it had tons of jokes (of course in spanish in english they totally ruinned)

    : D

    nerd you should totally watch “El santo” movies !!!!!!!!

  • the thinker

    December 27, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    @twistedpanties

    oooh nice comeback numb nuts. lrn 2 troll you sniveling bitch.

    @tzukasa

    santo? masked wrestler action movies? fuck yeah. the nerd should totally look into them. el santo was hardcore back in the day.

  • eaSe

    December 28, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    1) Great vid James!

    2) Steven Colbert changed the population of elephants s in Africa in Wikipedia lol) and the History Channel now has a program called Ancient Aliens, nuff said.

    Nice posts disco :D I enjoyed that throughly.

  • Awesomaniac

    December 30, 2010 at 3:37 am

    I must say I have really enjoyed this back and fourth discussion between disco steve and TwistedSpeech. I found it very informative and both sides had good arguments backed by valid sources. To Hammerpants, while this site is mainly or comedic purposes a lot of James’ videos are very educational; especially when it comes to the history of certain genres of film (notably horror).

  • dhellsing

    December 31, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    LOLOLOLOLOL, disco steave, your historical knowledge is soo terrible, maybe u read it a think its true, but remember not everything has to be true, u have to check multiple sources, and by the way, ACE (After Christian Era)… seriously? thats just stupid

  • Zinc20

    December 31, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    actually if you bothered to look at the previous page, discosteve provided additional sources as well. so he did check multiple sources, so what he said is backed up by facts. so his historical knowledge is pretty damn good. ACE is a time period designation used in the focused study of the development of western european cultures.

  • MarceloLuis

    December 31, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Hey hisory teachers, Fuck Off!!!
    I saw this movie a long time ago. It’s a classical movie for the mexicans like me, every christmas eve the movie is broadcasted in TV. I love it!! Because the nolstalgy and the crapyness!! Awesome James, this review made my day!!! I’m still waiting the next year for the mexican horror movies in the cinemassacre’s monster madnessss!!!!

    Thanks agai!!

  • MarceloLuis

    December 31, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    @Ismoista Thats right, and no only A mexican film, it’s a classic movie for christmas!

  • Hammerpants

    December 31, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    @MarceloLuis (or indeed anyone who has seen this movie in Spanish )

    Does the plot make more sense or is there anything major lost in translation from Spanish to English in this movie?

  • January 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Hell yeah! I just find out that my great-grandfather did the Production Design of this movie… but i have never seen it…

    Now I want to see it, he was a great artist and worked in a lot of “El Santo” movies.

  • Lolz

    January 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    lol love this video

  • Majere

    January 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I actually enjoy this movie. What other Christmas movie can you watch Santa Claus battle the devil? MST3K does a great job on this movie too and Santa Claus is included in my list of Christmas movies. The reindeer still scare the crap out of me though. James doesn’t mention that the reindeer turn to dust at sunrise making me think they’re vampires. So yeah Santa Claus, the devil, and vampire reindeer. Awesome.

  • zhezhire_kat

    January 5, 2011 at 4:31 am

    i see this movie when i was a kid… sob, sob

    unintentional surreal movies make me proud of be mexican

    …do i say proud? i mean embarrassed (translation issue ;P)

  • zhezhire_kat

    January 5, 2011 at 4:35 am

    it’s in coloroscope ‘n mexiscope…(3:14)

  • rammstein81

    April 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    This movie disturbs me!

  • poop87

    April 22, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Silent Night, HOLY SHIT!
    That line made me laugh my ass off.

  • ohferfckssake

    November 22, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Those reindeer will haunt my nightmares….

  • shaoranl

    December 15, 2011 at 9:23 am

    To live in Mexico has it’s advantages. Man, i remember this movie. They broadcast it every 25th in the morning. Every damn year, and i mean every year. And yes, that robot reindeer gave crazy nightmares to a lot of kids around here. I still remember laughing at it because it was just so crazy, that it was funny. I don’t know, but watching that movie every year, gives you a little nostalgia…and yes, more creepy dreams. Oh and i agree with MarceloLous, you have to do a Mexican horror films review. We have a ton of them.

    • DntGoher

      December 20, 2011 at 1:01 am

      wosom man, i remember this movie, every year, the same thing wow, look this review is… kinda nice :D @shaoranl

  • LysanderTheevilmonkey

    December 20, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Santa and the Wizard are twins! LOL

  • misterhongkongbuffet

    December 20, 2011 at 1:10 am

    0:44 It’s uncanny valley time!

  • TorpeErik

    December 20, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Love how James goes over all the creepy pervy equipment Santa uses to spy on the kids, and then James goes: “And Santa also got this robot with lips…- I don`t know what that`s about…” Great stuff.

  • JGteMolder

    December 20, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Christmas isn’t originally about Jesus. Christmas is about the winter solstice.

    • Devil_Rising

      December 20, 2011 at 10:31 am

      @JGteMolder Winter Solstice, Yule, and a number of other similar Pagan holidays. The only reason Christmas was co-opted around December 25th, was just another move by the Church to get pagans to accept them, kind of like “See? WE celebrate your holidays too!!” Biblical scholars even say, supposing he even existed, that Jesus wasn’t born anywhere near December. But hey, what are you gonna do?

  • sydneysoultrain

    December 20, 2011 at 7:51 am

    The lips on the computer thing give me the heebie jeebies.

  • sydneysoultrain

    December 20, 2011 at 7:51 am

    That lipped computer thing creeps me out like wouldn’t believe.

  • joeythatzme

    December 20, 2011 at 10:15 am

    hahaha this is great

  • comptecazg

    December 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

    This movie actually has some actors that are regarded as greats of the Golden age of Mexican Movies, Pulgarcito had his own comic Books and The guy who plays santa has been in many classic mexican movies.

  • MechaMothra

    December 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I knew a guy who had a tingle in his balls once, it was cancer.

  • Shidow1123

    December 20, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Those reindeer scare me

  • RyanScott1

    December 21, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Best Christmas movie ever is die hard

  • Kazum

    December 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    You are completly wrong with the “jesus was before santa” even before jesus they celebrated the sungod on that day (egypt, mithras cult, romans) and the christian pope hippolyt just put jesus birthday on that same date (when the sun turns back to us), to paint over all these pagan holidays. Jesus was probably born in september (census, herders staying with herd outside)

    • HollyStrickland

      December 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      @Kazum Don’t know how old this comment is, but I feel compelled to reply. You are half right. It is no coincidence that the Winter Solstice is so near Christmas on the Gregorian calendar, and some pagans did honor a sun god on that day. Speculation is that this was one way to ease the pagans into their forced Christianity. Considering there are newborn animals around the manger – at least in the common interpretation, point to Jesus’ birth being sometime in Spring. However, James is right – Jesus does predate Santa Claus – like all Christian saints (the 4th century Saint Nicholas was know for giving gifts, hence the association with the gift giving holiday). The figure that morphed into Santa Claus/Father Christmas evolved over a few centuries thereafter. The tree trimming, mistletoe, even the gift giving itself stem from pagan traditions, though.

  • ChristopherStrattonSmith

    December 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Santa lives in Skyloft? :O

  • JGteMolder

    December 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    According to astronomic data though, he had to have been born in 6 BC in the middle of July (comet as Bethlehem star).

    Of course, the only census that might just fit the bill for Joseph having to go to his birth town (which even then, he didn’t have to) would be nearly a century before that.

    More reasons why quite a few people say, the dude never even walked the earth.

  • tunnercar

    December 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I hate how he says claus. Its not Closs, Its Claus! DUH!

  • JGteMolder

    December 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    You’re forgetting the Julian calendar on which was used before the Gregorian calender. In the Julian Calendar the Winter Solstice fall on the 25th December. The monks that made the Gregorian calender deliberately made the 25th December not the Winter Solstice in order to separate Christmas from it. The rituals remain those of the Pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice.

  • Haisman7

    December 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Classic! It’s better than the movies coming out year 2000!

  • June 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    This movie is actually up on Youtube under the Movies link. It’s free too, so you can watch your brain rot away.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    August 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    James, before was the Saturnalia ceremony, Jesus also stole the day…literally.

    I guess it’s a fortunate day that everybody wanna be in? I don’t know…

  • skwij

    December 28, 2013 at 11:14 am

    What did I just see? Sooo weird… Thanks!

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