Mystery Science Theater 3000

Santa Claus

Season 5, Ep 21, Aired 12/24/93
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  • Episode Description
  • Santa has kids instead of elves making the toys, and he battles a demon in this Mexican take on ol' St. Nick; while the Mads celebrate the holiday their way and the SOL crew sing a special holiday song for all beliefs.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Sussman

  • Paul Chaplin


  • Kevin Murphy

    Santa Claus aka Krusher Kringle

  • Frank Conniff

    TV's Frank

  • Jim Mallon


  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Silent Night Deadly Night

    By sh811a, Dec 09, 2010

  • To paraphrase Mike, if seasonal holiday depression had an official movie, Santa Claus would be it.

    By fireballil, Aug 23, 2006

  • The SOL crew is overshadowed by a surprisingly good film!

    By jokipper, Mar 27, 2010

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (37)

    • Lupita: (waking up from her dream) Mama! Mama! Mike: I had the 'Nam dream!

    • Boy: (writing to Santa) I don't like... Crow: You. Boy: To be alone. Crow: Oh.

    • Narrator: Even Russia has a delegation. Crow: Currently under surveillance by the CIA.

    • Narrator: Japan also helps Santa. Mike: By investing in his toy making corporation, they now own Santa lock, stock and barrel.

    • Frank: 30 years? 25 bucks? And I shaved my head for you? Dr. Forrester: Well, you didn't have to, baldy! Frank: My hair! My beautiful head of TV's Frank hair! (cries) Dr. Forrester: Your movie today, Mark, is called Santa Claus. It's a thoughtful, well-shot documentary about the Crimean War. Frank: It's a stupid Mexican kids movie!

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    Notes (3)

    • This episode is on Disc Three of Mystery Science Theater 3000 XVI, the fourth DVD set distributed by Shout! Factory. Extras include the movie's original trailer, a gallery of still shots, a short called 'Santa Claus Conquers The Devil,' and a trailer for a documentary about K. Gordon Murray, who brought movies from Mexico including Santa Claus and Samson Vs. The Vampire Women.

    • Kevin Murphy played Santa Claus in the last host segment, but he was credited as 'Krusher Kringle'.

    • The music to the Christmas song played over the closing credits.

    Allusions (3)

    • St. Cloud: When Santa's cloud castle is seen, Crow asks, 'So Mike, is this St. Cloud?' It refers to a city in Minnesota.

    • Donny and Marie: Mike says "When are Donny and Marie coming through the door?" The Osmonds family singing group was known for being syrupy-sweet "nice", especially the youngest two siblings: Donny and Marie Osmond. They even had their own variety show (and a later talk show after MST3k stopped airing).

    • More popular than Jesus: Crow says "I'm more popular than Jesus!", making reference to the infamous statement by Beatle John Lennon that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus.

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