The devil is the devil, he do his job. He is right he tries to destroy good things.
Santa Claus instead is a real bastard because he exploits children from
all over the world making them work in continuous flow on a spaceship
that flies around the earth. Not even the big companies are (still)
come to that.
He also uses children whose tradition is far from Christmas. Because in
addition to Mexican, Italian, French, American and many South
Americans, surprisingly there are Chinese, Japanese and even Eastern
(say Arabs) who sing and work for the man with the belly, a beard and
It's more powerful than an acid this Mexican film of 1959, by the great
René Cardona, who direct a crazy story, which even more
amazingly got a great commercial success.
What is the secret of this success, it's hard to say, maybe the mix of
two evil minds (also Santa Claus that sometimes not brought us what we
wanted) that although they conflict in history join their extravagance.
Or rather, their incredible characters, good for the best "B Movies".
"Santa Claus" ("Vs the Devil" in the English version) is about demon
named Precio sent to earth by Lucifer to try to ruin Christmas for the
children of Mexico City and unleash the revolt against Santa.
Attempts, absurd and unnecessary, watched from a distance by Santa that
certainly can not leave his factory. Precio (or Pitch in English) tries
often to accomplish his mission, he tries to convince children to
irritate a Santa Claus in a mall. Or a child to steal a doll (with a
kitsch ballet of rag dolls), use of the accomplices and tries to
sabotage even the sleigh and the toys. Santa naturally wins helped by
Mr.Merlin a magician (who could not miss) his trusted man.
All these adventures go through a series of sweet songs, cloying
moments, ballets unbearable on sets and gadgets that would be good in
"Brazil" by Terry Gilliam and even more in "Willy Wonka" by Stuart and
also in that of Burton.
Weird more than many movies that we have already reviewed, "Santa
Claus" turn the other bizarre film about Santa "Santa Claus Conquers
The Martians" in a great sci-fi.
The protagonist is Jose Elias Moreno a myth of Mexican cinema, a
versatile actor and beloved here is the hero of what has become an
unmissable movie of Christmas period.
Title: Santa Claus
Alternative titles: Санта Клаус (USSR), Santa Claus Vs The Devil (English)
Duration: 97 '
Director: René Cardona
Cast: Jose Elias Moreno, cesarean Quezadas, José Luis Aguirre,
Armano Arriola, Lupita Quezadas, Antonio Diaz Conde, Nora Veryan, Polo
Production Company: Cinematográfica Calderón SA