Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1964)
Legendary clag in which some stupid Lego-belted Martians kidnap Father Christmas and force him to make toys. But then an evil Martian sabotages the machine and Santa’s toys come out rubbish. They took a lot of drugs in the ‘60s.
Bush Christmas (1983)
No, not that kind. It’s that most rarefied sub-genre – Christmas, Aussie style: the culturally specific tale of an outback farm family struggling to pay festive debts. If only they could get their prize horse back from evil robbers in time for it to win a lucrative race… Seek out for a gawp at a very, very young Nicole Kidman.
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Tag: “You made it through Halloween. Now try and survive Christmas.” Cheap and satisfyingly nasty slasher with a killer Santa. Provoked hilarious, po-faced howls from critics (Leonard Maltin: “What next, the Easter Bunny as a child molester?”) See Siskel and Ebert’s frumpy response below…