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Everyone Hail to the Pumpkin King!

Everyone Hail to the Pumpkin King!

What was once but a dark poem in the brilliant mind of Tim Burton, the cult classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas, is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary and fans are here for the party. The dark Disney classic features an intimate look into what each holiday would look like if they each had a town dedicated to its success. The film’s main character, Jack Skellington, becomes complacent in Halloweentown and stumbles upon a magical juncture in the forest where all of the holiday doors exist. Curiously inspecting the tree for Christmastown, Jack falls into the magical land, reigniting his desire for a new normal in Halloweentown. Skellington attempts to pull off a Christmas style Halloween, but his vision is spoiled by poor planning and execution, along with the mischievous behavior of villain Ooogie Boogie and his three henchmen, Lock, Shock, and Barrel. Once Jack realizes he is the King of the Pumpkin Patch for a reason, he ditches Christmas for Halloween and the characters live happily ever after spending each year trying to top the last at Halloween.

TNBC, initially pegged as a sleeper hit, grossed approximately $50 million on it’s first theatrical run in the United States. As the film gained underground popularity, revenue continued to rise, landing its current box office total at a cool $75 million. Upon its release in 1993, TNBC received favorable reviews amongst critics, going on to become a critically acclaimed motion picture. Tim Burton created a fantasy world of both creepy and charming characters which captivated audiences worldwide. Initially Disney was hesitant to release TNBC as it was labeled “too dark and scary for kids”, however, TNBC was produced and released through Touchstone Pictures and the rest is, well, history. Danny Elfman rounded out the Nightmare dream team with a score out of this world, producing one of Halloween’s most beloved anthems, “This is Halloween”.

To celebrate its anniversary many actors from the film are gearing up for a live-to-film version of TNBC. Elfman will bring Jack to life, along with Catherine O’Hara as Sally, and fan favorite Ken Page as Oogie Boogie – the sandman you want to hate but also date. This isn’t the first year the movie has been broadcast this way, but it’s building up to be the most magical due to its silver anniversary.

Who was your favorite Nightmare character? Comment below and don’t forget to subscribe for all the latest horror dish ready for consumption. All hail the pumpkin king.

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Mells Bells

Once upon a time there was a girl born on a dark and dreary winter day. She grew up knowing she was different from the others, but never being able to put her bony finger on what it was. Until one day she read a Stephen King novel, which unlocked the madness that would become her life. She quickly devoured book after book, moving on to classic horror films and deciding that she would live her life different from the others. She researched serial killers and tried to figure out the psyche behind what drove humans mad. She rapidly absorbed cold cases of missing people and became, if only in her mind, a savant of the true crime world. Now she lives her life converting unsuspecting humans to the dark side. The dark side of Mells. She now lives amongst the others as one of them. Waiting for her next conquest. She sounds crazy ... but make no mistake. Her Southern accent will put you in a trance and soon you too will become a true Mells Bells. Seriously, I have two dogs, a kid, and an old man. A devout horror fanatic and obsessed with true crime, I read a lot. A lot.

1 Comment

  1. andrew

    I saw this at one of the coolest theatres in L.A. and absolutely loved it. I don’t even know how many times I’ve seen it at this point. Also, I have the original soundtrack on vinyl and we always play it on Halloween. The kids love it.


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