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Santa With Muscles: Arguably the WORST Hulk Hogan movie ever

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“Santa with Muscles” is a film that, for many, epitomises the nadir of holiday-themed cinema. Released in 1996, it stars Hulk Hogan as Blake Thorn, a self-absorbed millionaire who, through a series of far-fetched events involving a police chase and a Santa costume, ends up believing he is the real Santa Claus.

The plot thickens when Thorn, suffering from amnesia, decides to defend an orphanage from the clutches of an evil scientist, Ebner Frost, played by Ed Begley Jr.

Santa With Muscles: Casting and Production

Directed by John Murlowski, the film features a cast that includes Don Stark, Robin Curtis, Garrett Morris, and a young Mila Kunis in her film debut.

The production was a collaboration between Legacy Releasing and Hit Entertainment, with cinematography by Michael Gfelner and music by James Covell.

Box Office and Critical Reception

The film’s performance at the box office was underwhelming, to say the least. It grossed a mere $220,198 during its two-week run. Critics were (rightfully) unkind, with film critic Emanuel Levy giving it a score of 2 out of 5.

Joe Leydon of Variety described it as a “weakling of a comedy”, criticising Hogan’s lack of charisma. Chris Hicks of the Deseret News went as far as to say that Hogan “makes Arnold Schwarzenegger seem like Laurence Olivier”.

Santa With Muscles: Legacy of the Hulk Hogan Film

Over the years, “Santa with Muscles” has garnered a reputation for being one of the worst films ever made. It featured on IMDb’s bottom 100 movies list and was ranked among the worst children’s films by Total Film.

Virgin Media included it in their list of worst Christmas movies, and it also appeared on Atlantic City Weekly’s list of worst holiday films.

Cultural Impact

Despite its poor reception, the film holds a unique place in popular culture. It has been featured on the website Wrestlecrap, which showcases the worst in pro wrestling history.

Mila Kunis, reflecting on the film years later, remarked on the surreal experience of working with Hulk Hogan at a young age in an interview with GQ back in 2011.


  • What is the plot of “Santa with Muscles”?
    • The film follows Blake Thorn, a millionaire who believes he is Santa Claus after suffering amnesia, as he tries to save an orphanage from an evil scientist.
  • Who stars in “Santa with Muscles”?
    • Hulk Hogan plays the lead role, supported by Ed Begley Jr., Don Stark, Robin Curtis, Garrett Morris, and Mila Kunis.
  • How did “Santa with Muscles” perform at the box office?
    • The film grossed only $220,198 during its two-week run.
  • What was the critical response to the film?
    • The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews, with critics panning its plot, direction, and performances.
  • Has “Santa with Muscles” received any notable recognition?
    • Yes, it has been featured in lists of the worst movies ever made, including IMDb’s bottom 100 movies and Total Film’s worst children’s films.
  • Did any notable actors make their debut in this film?
    • Yes, Mila Kunis made her film debut in “Santa with Muscles”.
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