Sunday, October 9, 2016

Here Comes Santa Claus (1984)

aka I Believe in Santa Claus

How bad is it? Typical fly-by-night children's Christmas film.
Should you see it? Yes. It's delightfully weird.

I'd heard Christian Gion was France's worst director and that this was his "masterpiece." A boy's parents are missing in Africa, so he and a friend sneak away from a school field trip to sneak aboard a plane headed to Finland, where they actually find Santa. Then the story involves guerillas and warlords! And a puppy sandwich-eating ogre! There's a fairy (who's actually a rather decent actress and quite easy on the eyes), an argument with a monkey and swimming with crocodiles. There's a lot of songs, with interesting words in the dubbed version I saw. The special effects are bad, of course, and it plays down to children, but it's never uninteresting.

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