Prepare yourself for a real Yuletide freak-out, because it’s time for Christmas in Acidland! First, we get a fascinating look at Santa and his elves. Then the REAGANS (Ronald, Nancy & an infant Patty) wish us a Merry Christmas and manage to sneak in a plug for General Electric. Then a hilarious routine from ABBOTT & COSTELLO’s 1952 Christmas special. ROSEMARY CLOONEY delivers a holiday tune. BOB CUMMINGS, DWAYNE HICKMAN & ROSEMARY DECAMP pose for crotchety-old GRANDPA, ERNIE KOVACS delivers a Holiday blast. In the bizarre “Santa Claus Story,” Saint Nick weaves an eerie tale about “Monkey Mountain” and the “Monkey Christmas” demonstrated by real monkeys In “Santa in Animal Land,” the most inept puppets this side of Ed Wood try to deliver an “Animal Xmas.” JACK BENNY pays a Christmas visit to EDGAR BERGEN only to discover that CHARLIE MCCARTHY & MORTIMER SNERD are actually alive! LAWRENCE WELK introduces us to the unforgettable “Outer Space Santa.” BOB HOPE takes jabs at everything from Elvis to the A-bomb on a late 50’s USO special. From 1964, OZZIE & HARRIET reminisce about their “adventures” from 1956 – RICKY NELSON sings and Ozzie straps on the guitar too! LIBERACE performs “White Christmas,” followed by LOU COSTELLO performing a stunningly serious version. Bud and Lou then destroy the entire orchestra in a climax of Christmas carnage! HOWDY DOODY jumps aboard his rocket ship with BUFFALO BOB and CLARABELL and heads for the North Pole! Plus THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, THE CHIPMUNKS, more than 50 famous stars sing “Silent Night,” LOUIS ARMSTRONG & DANNY KAYE steal the show with “Saints Come Marching In,” a duet from DAVID BOWIE & BING CROSBY, unexpected holiday spurts from JOAN RIVERS and GEORGE CARLIN, and more than your mind can possibly imagine! (USA, 139 min, video)
“With Christmas in Acidland, Legend has set his unholy sights on the Holiest of all Holidays, and the results are somehow haunting, hysterical and heart-warming all at the same time!” - Cinema Classics Review
Actor, director, rockabilly singer, trash film historian, wrestling manager and promoter — modern-day Renaissance man Johnny Legend has truly done it all and then some in a remarkably rich, eclectic, and impressive career that has spanned over four decades and shows no signs of stopping in the immediate near future. Legend formed the folk-rock group the Seeds of Time and first started establishing his singularly outrageous rock’n’roll wildman persona in 1966. In 1970 Johnny began playing 50s rock’n’roll songs with the band Blue Midnight. He recorded numerous songs for Ronny Weiser‘s Rollin’ Rock Records and fronted the band the Rollin’ Rock Rebels in the 70s. In 1977 Legend co-wrote and produced the popular novelty song “Pencil Neck Geek” for wrestler Fred Blassie. That same year his crude porno comedy Teenage Cruisers was released. In 1983 Johnny co-wrote and co-directed the offbeat comedy feature My Breakfast With Blassie with Blassie and legendary avant-garde comic Andy Kaufman. After one of the strangest feuds in pro wrestling history, manager Johnny Legend defeated Cheryl “Lightning” Russa and walked away with the coveted A.I.W.A. World’s Women’s Championship before a stunned outdoor audience in Maywood, California. Wrestling scholars and historians have all acknowledged that this is definitely the first time a man has won the women’s title (Andy Kaufman, God love him, only wrestled amateur women from the audience). Legend created both the Sleazemania and Teenage Theater series for Rhino Home Video in the late 80s and played an instrumental role in rediscovering and re-releasing countless obscure cartoons, low-budget horror flicks, and groovy exploitation pictures that otherwise might have vanished into oblivion. Among the movies Johnny has acted in are The Cat Ate My Parakeet, Prison Ship, Bride of Re-Animator, Bug Buster, the Kaufman bio film Man on the Moon, and 2001 Maniacs. He released the album “Bitchin‘” in 1998. Moreover, Legend has promoted wrestling matches and managed wrestlers on the West Coast. Johnny now runs the DVD label Legendhouse and continues to tour and perform music on stage all over the world.
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