Submitted by the Oswego Film Group
The Oswego Film Group (OFG) has found a loophole in its contract to bring quality film to the community and will screen the 1964 movie Santa Claus Conquers the Martians; however, it will be filtered through the comic vision of the Peabody Award winning Mystery Science Theater 3000 television series. There will be a free screening at 7 PM on Monday, December 20 in the Community Room of the Oswego Public Library (120 East Second Street).
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) began in 1988 on a UHF station in the Minneapolis market. For eleven seasons starting in 1989, the series ran on cable’s Comedy Central, then on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy), and finally briefly in syndication. There was also a theatrical release, Mystery Science Theater 3000: the Movie. The show’s initial premise (involving a young man, Joel Robinson, and his robot friends, stuck on a satellite, who are forced by evil scientists to view bad movies as part of an experiment) was beside the point. The show’s real focus was always the hundreds of comments, from broad jokes to obscure cultural references, made by Joel and the ‘bots (robots) as they watched the movie. This episode, from 1991, stars Joel Hodgson (Joel Robinson), Trace Beaulieu (Dr. Forrester and Crow T. Robot), Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo), and Jim Mallon (Gypsy). The featured movie, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, features Pia Zadora as one of the Martian children.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians runs 90 minutes. Mystery Science Theater 3000’s website is http://www.mst3k.com/
The Oswego Film Group (formed in 2005) is (usually) dedicated to bringing quality independent film to Oswego and fostering a community of interested film goers. For more information, please visit OFG’s blog: http://oswegofilmgroup.wordpress.com/, e-mail OFG at [email protected], and visit OFG on Facebook.