Christmas on Mars: A Fantastical Film Freakout Featuring the Flaming Lips

Thursday, December 24 - Saturday, December 26, 2009

CHRISTMAS ON MARS begins as an assault — pans of outer space intercut with shots of a bloody fetus and blasts of noise — and ends as a charming and innovative Christmas fable. Stylized after the sci-fi B-movies of yore, the film recycles Atomic Age angst: a group living in a space station on Mars have run out of spare parts, and it seems that everyone’s doomed. That is, until a Martian appears played by Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne (who directed with Bradley Beesley and George Salisbury). Mute and Zen-serene, he not only repairs the ship, he also brings magic and hope to the sterile expanse of hyper-reality that is driving everyone insane.” – Boston Phoenix

“A thrift-shop Solaris, [its] hallucinations include fetal atrocities and a vulva-headed marching band, realized through homegrown special effects that would please fans of Eraserhead-era David Lynch.” – New York Sun

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