SOLD OUT: SANTA CLAUS VS. THE DEVIL (1959) – 10th December, Trinity Bristol

“This is Santa’s Magic Observatory. What wonderful instruments! The Ear Scope! The Teletalker that knows everything! The Cosmic Telescope! The Master Eye! Nothing that happens on Earth is unknown to Santa Claus! “

Santa Claus Vs The Devil poster

Depending on the country you live, this film is either known simply as Santa Claus or Santa Claus vs. the Devil – we’ve gone with the latter as it sounds cooler, but whatever title you see it under, it’s equally bizarre.

The film is one of several that sprung from US producer K. Gordon Murray, who during the 50s purchased, redubbed and rereleased a bunch of foreign fairy tales for American audiences. Some of his ‘hits’ include Little Red Riding Hood and the Monsters (1962), The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy (1957)  and Samson vs. The Vampire Women. The latter two (as well as this film were famously lampooned on Mystery Science Theatre 3000).

In this dubbed Mexican Christmas film, Santa lives in outer space with Merlin and a host of racially-stereotypical children and some very sexual machines. However when Lucifer attempts to ruin Christmas by killing Santa and “making all the children of the Earth do evil”, the scene is set for the weirdest festive film you’ve seen this side of Elves.

Santa Claus and Merlin

When: 8.00pm, Thursday 10th December

Location: Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol, Avon BS2 0NW

Tickets: £5 (all profits going to One25)


With the aid of Merlin, Santa Claus must defeat the evil machinations of the devil Pitch to ruin Christmas.

“I couldn’t help feeling as I watched it that it must have a strong cult following somewhere simply because it’s so…strange.” John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis

“Ho Ho Ho. Horrible.” Phil Hall, Film Threat

“Scratching your head yet? Let me restate this: Santa lives in a crystal palace in outer space, from which he and Merlin battle the devil Pitch for the future of Christmas in Mexico.”