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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.
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 ...