Over in the Curly-Hair Tribute Thread, BATouttaheck mentioned Santa Claus: The Movie, and I suppose I was already thinking about Christmas because Sirius Radio Classics insisted on putting on Christmas radio episodes for a “Christmas in July” block.
So here’s a thread in July devoted to a monumentally weird movie that I haven’t seen in years and don’t really like!
In spite of the above disclaimer, I feel that all card-carrying film fans ought to see this flick if only—if only!—for the scenery-chomping, foaming-at-the-mouth, wild, insane, ludicrous-speed-worthy, magnificent, Tod-Slaughter-would-be-proud performance that John Lithgow gives here as the villain. It’s a marvel, something so egregiously out of place and hammy that it becomes fascinating to watch. You really think he’s going to crack at any minute. It’s amazing. It also has nothing to do with Santa Claus, so perhaps I can justify this thread’s timing a bit more…
John Lithgow is really the only reason for watching Santa Claus: The Movie. But what a reason!
“He swung his lantern three times, and slowly a schooner appeared…”