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Screening Review: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Updated: Mar 15, 2020

Screening: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Date: 14/12/19

Venue: Braid Film Theatre, Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena

Welcome to Fright Club

It's holiday season and we just hosted our second ever Fright Club screening at the Braid Film Theatre. Since we're all in the Christmassy mood, we decided to screen a matinee performance of Tim Burton's festive classic The Nightmare Before Christmas.

What's this? Is it a Christmas film or a Halloween film I hear you say. Well we think it's both, which is why it was the perfect choice for a December screening. A smaller turnout than our debut event (that was to be expected) we were still happy with the result and everyone in attendance seemed to have a really fun afternoon.

I remember renting The Nightmare Before Christmas from my local video store shortly after it's release and whilst I did enjoy it first time around I didn't really "get" it until I was a little older, maybe in my early 20's. I rewatched it a few times and suddenly it just clicked. The songs all made sense to me and I started to really appreciate the gothic aesthetic. While I loved Batman '89 and Beetlejuice (Pee-Wee's Big Adventure terrified me as a kid) I wasn't totally sold on Edward Scissorhands and so I hadn't got to the point where Tim Burton was a "must" see. This of course wasn't even directed by him (it was Henry Selick) but it was still very much a Burton production even though he had very little "hands on" involvement on it. Composer Danny Elfman actually deserves a little more credit than just the original music as the songs that he wrote helped sway how the plot developed.

We invited the NI Children's Hospice down to collect donations and we were also giving away three Funko Pop figures to a lucky Fright Club member in attendance. Fair play to everyone there for getting into the festive spirit by wearing Santa hats. We hope to see you soon at a future screening and please keep supporting us by following our official TWITTER account.

Peace & love.

Gav & Danny

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