'The Nightmare Before Christmas' Review By George Oldale

Spooky, Scary and Unbelievably Silly!
  • OVERALL
    5.0
    SUPERB
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
The Nightmare Before Christmas is an American stop-motion film that tells the tale of a parallel world called Halloween Town inhabited by all sorts of monsters that you can imagine. The Pumpkin King Jack Skellington, a kind skeleton, discovers a new event that happens once a year. It also tells the tale of monsters, holiday events, magical portals and gambling.

It starts off at the Halloween evening after all of the monsters celebrated Halloween. The mascot of Halloween is the one and only Pumpkin King or his real name, Jack Skellington. This kind skeleton grows bored of this repetitive holiday and finds a magical doorway to the real world. There he discovers Christmas Town and thinks up of a new event in his world...

Jack Skellington then sends three ghoul children to capture "Sandy Claws" who he thinks is a monster. Jack then prepares for Christmas but soon discovers that he should listen to his peers, particularly Sally the rag doll. If only the captured "Sandy Claws" wasn't in the same room with the flamboyant but number one expert of gambling boogieman, Oogie Boogie.

This film is a perfect example of the event Halloween where we humans used to dress up as monsters and beg for sweets. I liked the effort and models they used for this perfect film. The character that made my day was Oogie Boogie, a gambling campy monster who tortured and mocked "Sandy Claws". He was voiced by Ken Page who starred in the musical, Cats.

However, despite I think this is one of the best films I seen, I do find this a little... scary. Some scenes during Oogie Boogie mocking "Sandy Claws" and that scene which grossed me out where Oogie Boogie's skin was torn off. Eww, he's full of bugs! But really, the ending made me cry as Jack and Sally both embraced while Zero the ghost dog watched.

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