The Nightmare Before Christmas
If you take your holiday cheer dark, this anti-Christmas movie is just for you. With a nod to a spookier holiday, Tim Burton's stop-motion cult hit is filled with the quirk and imagination we've come to expect from the singular producer. Jack Skellington is the king of Halloween Town. When he happens upon a portal to Christmas, he introduces the holiday to the ghosts and goblins in his residence. But Jack's take on the holiday spirit is a bit twisted, and after convincing some children to abduct the real Santa, he takes to the sky in his coffin-sleigh and delivers the likes of shrunken heads to the world's little boys and girls. Everything turns out okay—it's Christmas, after all—but if your family is looking for an alternative to the typical seasonal fare, this creepy flick is just the ticket.
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