Spooky Season Cinema: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Oooo spooky…Lisa from Boondock Ramblings and I are are watching and posting about spooky cinema for the next two months, here and over on our Instagram accounts. We are starting fairly family friendly and working our way up to the scariest!! I love a thriller or chiller!

This week we watched one of my favorites – The Nightmare Before Christmas! I love the weirdness of Tim Burton, but this one is by far his very best. It came out when I was in college and I remember my friends and I went for my birthday. After the movie ended, we all walked out it and it had started snowing, the first snow of the season and it just felt so magical. I think about that moment every time I watch it.

This movie is so well done, with its stop action claymation, the music, the actors who voiced the characters – I mean, Catherine O’Hara? She is a queen y’all. And Danny Elfman from Oingo Boingo, a band I loved in my youth does all the singing for Jack Skellington and his voice is so amazing. I watched this movie this time around with Wyatt. It was his first introduction to it, and I knew he would love all the singing – and he did. I figured he wouldn’t pay too much attention to some of the actual happenings or what was being said and I was right – he was just there for the dancing. His favorite songs – What’s This? and the Oogie Boogie Song. Oogie Boogie is the Bogeyman but he has a cool song.

Anyway, in case you are unfamiliar, Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King (say this very dramatically) and every year plans the scares and frights of Halloween. However, he has post-Halloween sadness and is bored and tired of doing all the same things over and over. Basically, Jack is in a rut and is depressed. He bumbles into Christmas Town and is overcome with all the joy of that season, and is literally swept up into the cheer of Christmas. So much, that he wants to be in charge of Christmas. He hypes it up to the town, gets them all involved, and has the creepy creatures who usually manufacture fear try to switch gears and make Christmas instead. Sounds like a great plan, right?

The only resident of Halloween Town who isn’t down with this plan is Sally, the ragdoll who is in love with Jack from afar. She knows that this is a very bad terrible idea. And eventually, almost too late, Jack realizes it as well. But, he sets things right – and realizes he loves Sally as well.

There is a lot of debate over whether this is a Christmas or Halloween movie…I always think Halloween but I know some people think Christmas. Billy likes to split the difference and says it is a Thanksgiving movie. And we did actually watch it one Thanksgiving with my cousins, so maybe he is right.

This post wouldn’t be complete without some Danny Elfman representation. So, I am sharing Wyatt’s favorite part of the movie. He was as swept up in the mood as Jack! It’s hard not to be though.

Next up for us is The Creature from the Black Lagoon. I have never actually watched that one before but I am excited. I have a feeling it is going to be super campy and fun! But we will see!

For Lisa’s review, click here!