Santa Claus (1959)

Directed by
René Cardona,

Our quest to pack our calendar with holiday cheer has yielded yet another supreme oddity with this 1959 film, often called Santa Claus Vs The Devil.

From our friends at AGFA:

“As you are hypnotized into a dream-like state of horror, just remember one thing: this film was made for children.” – Bleeding Skull

We all know that there’s nothing Santa Claus enjoys more than sitting atop his candy cane tower and watching all the children of the earth through his telescope. And naturally, we all know that when a horned, red-skinned devil named Pitch inevitably shows up to turn the wee tots towards acts of darkness, it’s Santa’s job to destroy the hellspawn before — wait a minute . . . WHAT?!! Directed by prolific filmmaker René Cardona and distributed by legendary huckster K. Gordon Murray, this severely unnatural take on jolly ol’ St. Nick is a cinematic miracle made from Santa’s secret mixture of sweetness and Satanism, as if torn from the melting mind of a summertime snowman.

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José Elías Moreno, Cesáreo Quezadas, José Luis Aguirre