Elvira's Movie Macabre - Santa Claus Conquers The Martians / Beast From Haunted Cave
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Elvira airs this abominable snow-job about gangsters at a ski-lodge who confront a 'snow beast' attempting to encase them in cocoons! Also while Elvira prepares for her SECOND favorite holiday, join her as she screens the campy classic story of Santa thwarting a Martian plot to steal Christmas!
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The movie "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" is somewhat of a cult classic as it is, because it is so 'cheezy', that mice everywhere are stirring to watch it!
Add Elvira's wit and sarcasm to it, and you have a fun DVD experience.
The movie features a young Pia Zadora, as an alien child who wants to experience Christmas along with the other Martian children, and what better way to do that, than for the Martian leaders to kidnap Santa Claus (and two kids who were in the wrong place at the wrong time)?
Apparently, the film's budget was lower than that of the average Elementary school play, if one takes a look at the cheap, 'cheezy' costumes the Martians are wearing (They look like part Freak Show performers, and part "unused extras" from the famous "Nutcracker" play).
Oh, and look for the Polar Bear in this movie....so realistic you wont believe your eyes.......(sarcasm)
Two of the highlights of this episode are:
1. The beginning "claymation" like segment of the show (although Santa Claus might disagree....the kids probably shouldnt see this part)
2. The sexy "Santa" outfit that Elvira wears will melt any amount of snow.
The other movie on this DVD, "Beast From Haunted Cave": ???????
I have watched EVERY episode of the new and improved, Season One, of "Elvira's Movie Macabre" and this is NOT one of them!
I dont know if this is a Season Two episode (if there even is a Season Two...I hope that there will be!), a never before seen Season One episode, or, most likely, an episode from the old "Elvira's Movie Macabre".
I guess they wanted to keep the Christmas theme going and decided that this movie would be best. According to Amazon.com, the movie is about a snow beast who apparently whacks a bunch of gangsters.
It should be interesting.
It would have been nice if Elvira and crew had shot new segments and wisecracks just for this movie's DVD release, and it would also be nice if they could give us some BRAND NEW bonus features, instead of using the same ones on every DVD from Season One.
All in all, I think you'll enjoy this DVD.
Beast From Haunted Cave is another story. The movie was produced by Roger Corman and his brother Gene Corman. And it is very boring for the most part. The sound is bad, the film is badly lit, and the monster hardly ever appears. And when the monster does appear, you can't see it in all its glory thanks to the bad lighting. Definitely a 1 star movie, but the segments with Elvira are good enough to make it a 3 star episode.
So, she does it yet again. Elvira has made two more bad movies watchable thanks to her hilarious commentary and skits.
But first the good stuff: Elvira's Christmas episode is an amazing barrage of sexy costumes, eye-rolling (and head-rolling) jokes and a slick claymation introduction sequences that goes down (pun intended!) as a highlight of the series. The second, unaired episode is pad for the course stuff, though it still manages to subsist on Elvira's wit and knack for snappy wisecracks.
The downside to these DVDs is that all of the movies are easily obtainable domain films that are cut for television and usually presented in less-than-stellar prints. "Beast From Haunted Cave", for instance, looks the same as those old Brentwood DVD releases.
If you like Elvira, get this of the big box (...) set. Don't get these for the movies because you will be disappointed.