Sunday, October 7, 2012

Deadly Seven

Although it's almost been Hot Topic-ed to death, I had to top off this theme weekend with a song from The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Is it a Christmas movie?  Is it a Halloween movie?  Is it both?  I'm not sure, but it's become a classic of animated horror and perhaps the strongest link between animated horror of the past and the present.

The movie was Tim Burton's first full-length animated feature and drew as much inspiration from classic Christmas TV specials as horror films.  Even so, it is plenty dark and rife with ghouls.  Here, in the opening song called "This is Halloween," you can see echoes of Fantasia and Mad Monster Party, as well as Tim Burton's own trademark cartoonish, gothic expressionism that has influenced so many other filmmakers after him:

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