|MAGIC CHRISTMAS TREE (director: Richard C. Parish; screenwriter: Harold Vaughn Taylor; cinematographer: Richard Kendall; editor: ; music: Victor Kirk; cast: Chris Kroesen (Mark), Valerie Hobbs (Old Woman), Darlene Lohnes (Mark's Mother), Robert Maffei) (Greed), Richard C. Parish (Dad); Runtime: 70; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Bruce Scott; Goodtimes (Orrin Films); 1964)|
by Dennis Schwartz
Richard C. Parish helms
his only film. It's a stinker Christmas-themed fantasy
film about a California boy named Mark (Chris Kroesen).
He's given a magic
ring and Christmas tree seed by a witch (Valerie
Hobbs) as a reward for getting her cat Lucifer down
from a tree. The tree is fully grown in 6-hours, in
his backyard. On Thanksgiving,
Mark performs the magic
spell that the witch taught him.
The boy's first wish is for an hour of super power.
The second wish is to be exclusively with Santa Claus.
The third wish is the unselfish one to let Santa be
with all the children in the world. When the kid wakes
up on Christmas Day, he realizes it was all a dream.
seeing this mess, you will understand why Parish never
directed again. It's a kid Christmas story, that's
been rightfully called one of the worst and
most depressing holiday films of all time.
REVIEWED ON 12/18/2015 GRADE: D
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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