The Nightmare Before Christmas (USA/PG/86mins) Saturday December 21st 4.30pm [Doors 4pm]
Has Tim Burton ever been better than with this 1993 stop-motion offering? Based on a mischievous poem the teenage goth wrote in response to the 1823 poem written by Clement Clarke Moore, like Elf, Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas manages to poke fun at the traditions of Christmas whilst also, ultimately, embracing and celebrating them.
The story centres around Jack Skellington, the big pumpkin in Halloween Town who has just hit a mid-fright crisis. Surely there’s something more to life than scaring the bejiggers out of children? That’s what our anti-hero sets out to discover when he tries to bring all things Christmas – including a kidnapped Santa Claus – home to all his scary monster and super freak friends. With the clock ticking down on December 24th, will there be time for Christmas to be saved…?
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