Thanks for visiting our Holiday 2017 card's bonus content page. There's a story behind a story for many promotional pieces, and this one is no different.
If you didn't know much about (or were blissfully unaware of even the existence of) the sci fi bad effects cult classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" before you received this year's holiday card, now's your chance to brush up on tons of fun and weird facts to amaze and probably irritate your friends over the holidays.
Santa Claus Conquers The Martians was released in the US in November of 1964. Lucky for all of us, but unfortunately for those associated with the film, it was released without a proper copyright notice, and for various reasons including its underperforming box office, the copyright was never formally reinstated; As a result it has been designated public domain in the US. As such, it is readily available in complete form online, and despite being a terrible movie by any standard of measure, it has enjoyed a new and vibrant second life, first in video and then even more widely on the internet.
Thanks to the team at Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and their spin-off groups Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic, three versions of the movie with additional professional comedic commentary have been released as well, creating a new generation of fans.
The best print of the bunch is used in the Rifftrax Live! version of the movie. The cleanest and most vibrant print was used for this event held in December of 2013. Check the trailer for the event below, and get the full version at https://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax-live-santa-claus-conquers-the-martians