Every year Hollywood comes out with new Halloween movies hoping one will hit the jackpot and achieve what only some achieve, becoming a Halloween classic.
My Halloween classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas, is also many others’, which only proves its greatness. However, this doesn’t mean it became my favorite after my first viewing, far from it, actually! I was 10 when I saw it for the first time and it creeped me out so bad I couldn’t stand seeing Jack’s skinny limbs on my TV.
Lame, I know, especially coming from someone who loved Edward Scissorhands with a passion at the young age of seven. I think I was 15 when I brought myself to watch it again and saw it for what it truly is and loved it to death.
The movie tells the story of Halloween Town, a town inhabited by monsters, ghosts, vampires and other scary things. Jack Skellington, a skeleton known as the Pumpkin King, serves as the master of the Halloween celebrations. He’s like this huge rock star and every citizen rejoices in his presence.
One day, Jack wasn’t feeling very happy about doing the same thing year after year, and while he is walking in the woods he finds doors to different holiday towns. He accidentally opens the door to Christmas Town and feels completely overwhelmed and invaded by the festive mood in the town.
Jack gets obsessed with this, goes back home and tells everybody about this. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Anyway, of course they had to see it to really understand it and they made this sort of Christmas/Halloween mash-up happen. Jack doesn’t know how to fix this so he ends up sending someone to kidnap Santa Claus and taking over Christmas.
Despite being this crazy obsessive rock star he has someone who loves him. Sally, a rag doll who lives with her creator, a deranged scientist, supports Jack’s every decision until she has a vision of a burning tree. She interprets as a Christmas disaster.
She tries to stop Jack but doesn’t succeed so he starts delivering scary presents around the world. The kids, in shock, start telling their parents, they call the police, and Jack is shot down. He survives the fall and goes to free Santa to set things right.
He then returns to Halloween Town. Santa makes it snow there, for the first time ever, to show the people that he and Jack have reconciled. It is just then that Jack realizes he’d been blind and he loves Sally.
Do they live happily ever after? I surely hope so! I mean, Jack is both the hero and antihero of the story. He redeems himself after being silly enough to try and transform his life and everything that surrounds him just for the sake of it. There’s a limit to our greed and he broke it.
In the end, and with the help of his loved ones, he sees that his life is already beautiful and perfect in its own way.
I love this movie with all my heart. I always go back to it because it reminds me of my young self, and how the things you love now might have grown on you and stuck with you forever.
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