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Santa Claus
Santa Claus (versus the Devil)

Mexico 1959
produced by
Guillermo Calderón for Cinematográfica Calderón
directed by René Cardona
starring José Elías Moreno, José Luis Aguirre 'Trotsky', Armando Arriola, Lupita Quezadas, Antonio Díaz Conde hijo, Nora Veryán, Polo Ortin, Manuel Calvo, José Carlos Méndez, Jesús Brook, Queta Lavat, Ángel Di Stefani, Guillermo Bravo Sosa, Graciela Lara, Rosa María Aguilar
written by Adolfo Torres Portillo, René Cardona, music by Antonia Díaz Conde

Santa Claus, Merlin

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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As every year, Santa Claus (José Elías Moreno) prepares for Christmas, and as every year, the devil (José Luis Aguirre 'Trotsky') is hell-bent (excuse the pun) on spoiling the festivities. First, he wants to persuade little Lupe (Lupita Quezadas), daughter of poor parents, to steal a doll, but she is too virtuous to do so and trusts in Santa bringing her one. Then the devil shifts chimneys out of their positions to make it im,possible for Santa to enter certain homes, but Santa of course has an all-opening key, so that doesn't even slow him down. The devil also tries to persuade three bad kids to take Santa hostage, but Santa has long seen through these plans and makes sure their plan backfires.

Finally though, Santa loses his dreaming powder and his invisibility flower, and is chased up a tree by a guard dog, and the owners of the house he was about to visit call the police and fire brigade because they think he's a prowler. But just in time, Santa calls on his best friend, Merlin the Magician (Armando Arriola), who lands a helping hand, and ultimately, his plan to have Santa captured backfires on the devil just like everything else.

It's high time for Santa to return to his home in space, but he can't leave before leaving a big doll on little Lupe's doorstep ...

 

Not quite as weird as most reviews of this film make you believe, this is still a film that might somehow affect you when watched stoned: Santa has machines in this one made partly out of human organs (it doesn't look as grotesque as it sounds though), his sleigh is pulled by wind-up reindeers, and he lives in a castle in space, where children of all races (looking loike racial caricatures) help him in his work. On top of that, the candy-cute colourchart of this film is something for acquired tastes.

What I want to say with this, probably: Objectively speaking, this is a bad film, the story is stupid, it's overly cheesy, cheaply made and badly acted - but there's no denying the film has a certain trippy quality to it ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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