For three nights this month, people who enjoy a good, "bad" movie can celebrate terrible cinema and the holiday season.
Tonight, the group Movies on a Big Screen presents "Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen" at the Grange Theater on V Street in Sacramento. In the movie, a middle-aged actor in a Santa Suit loses control of the toys. The Snow Fairy asks, "Toys! i'd thought you'd be as you were."
Robert Mckeon says Movies on a Big Screen usually tries to screen good movies struggling to be seen….until December rolls around. This year the group is showing 1950's through 70's Christmas films made for children, "The kid matinee circuit was really big and actually lucrative. And so a lot of this stuff would just be cranked out. And it didn't really matter what was in it. Parents would drop their kids off at the theater and the theater would be the kids' babysitters."
In two weeks, McKeon will show a dubbed version of the Mexican original "Santa Contra El Diablo"...or Santa versus Satan.
One of Satan's minions tells a young child, "Don't expect anything from Santa Claus. He doesn't bring presents to poor children. Didn't I tell you to keep that doll? Silly!"
Two days after Christmas, "Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny" will play. In this one, Santa's reindeer ditch a middle-aged Santa on a Florida beach.
Children try to use farm animals to help him. The rescue is interrupted by the telling of the story Thumbelina. Much, much later, the Ice Cream Bunny appears.
McKeon says Movies on a Big Screen has just purchased a new screen and plans to show a greater number of high-quality, locally-made movies next year…But in the mean time, the Ice Cream Bunny will rule the screen.