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Christmas on Mars (2008)

Not Rated | | Music, Sci-Fi | 24 May 2008 (USA)
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Major Syrtis goes insane as he tries to improve morale in an abandoned colony on Mars through a Christmas pageant, where the first colonist baby will be born.


Wayne Coyne, Bradley Beesley (co-director) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Steven Drozd ... Major Syrtis
Wayne Coyne ... Alien Super-Being
Steve Burns ... Major Lowell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Armisen ... Noachis
Scott Booker ... Sirenum
Al Cory Al Cory ... Lucus
Dennis Coyne Dennis Coyne ... Herschel
Kenny Coyne Kenny Coyne ... Ed Fifteen
Mark DeGraffenried Mark DeGraffenried ... Captain Icaria
Adam Goldberg ... Mars Psychiatrist
Freddy Harth Freddy Harth ... Lunae
Peter Hermes Peter Hermes ... Arsia
Josh Higgins Josh Higgins ... Simud
Ellen Isbell Ellen Isbell
Michael Ivins ... Deuteronilus


Major Syrtis goes insane as he tries to improve morale in an abandoned colony on Mars through a Christmas pageant, where the first colonist baby will be born.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Eat your own spaceship. See more »


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Release Date:

24 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eight years in the making. Director Wayne Coyne built much of the set in his back yard, as shown in the documentary The Fearless Freaks (2005). See more »


The Martian's forehead antennae change angles from scene to scene - sometimes they are nearly straight up, sometimes at a 45 degree angle, and in one scene one is wildly askew. See more »


Major Syrtis: They look like two moths, hovering around that light. Two moths. That's always haunted me. I must've been ten years old. Two little moths, sitting together on the window sill. I don't know why I did it. They were just sitting there, trying to stay alive. Just trying to enjoy their existence. And I just squished them. I wish I could go back, and change it. But I squished them. They never knew some larger force in the universe could show mercy on them. I wish I would have.
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Referenced in The Fearless Freaks (2005) See more »


It's Christmas Time Again
Written and Performed By The Flaming Lips
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Lovely Sorts of Death Music BMI
© (p)2008 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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What was that all about?
24 January 2010 | by catfish-erSee all my reviews

Believe me, I like horror movies. I like science fiction movies. I like independent films. And, I like low-budget, B movies.

Sometimes, I even like bad acting, plodding scripts, wooden lines, improbably situations, and the like. However, I did not like Christmas on Mars.

It just doesn't work on so many levels. For all the reasons listed previously, and many more. That includes the nonsensical, blatant use of images of female genitalia. And the many allusions to male genitalia, in a very Freudian way.

I am convinced this is purely from ineptitude. As opposed to some attempt at doing something really different. I mean any movie that takes years to film, just cannot keep up the level of congruity and focus demanded by modern audiences.

I had hoped that the whole movie was just a dream or hallucination by the main character. However, sadly, it was meant to have happened, as we saw things unfold on screen.

About the only kindness that I can express, is that the image at the end was stupendous. If this had been used at the beginning, instead of the end, it could have allowed the film to take off where 2001 ended...

To bad they didn't try that instead. I just don't understand what was so important about this film that it even had to be made. Was it the plot? Surely, it couldn't be. Was it the characters? I doubt it; I mean, I could live without knowing about Ed 15. Was it the dialog? Emphatically, no. The music? Perhaps, but more-likely the unvarnished ego of the principals needing to be stroked.

Much better efforts have died on the cutting room floor.

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