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With Christmas upon us, we thought it'd be fitting to list our nine favorite characters from holiday flicks sure to put you and your family in a merry mood. Let's face it, there’s nothing better than sitting together with the gang and getting the heartstrings tugged, and the funny bones tickled, with a glass of eggnog by your side.
On a side note: We know our list is lacking in female characters — and those of color, for that matter. But don't blame us. Blame Hollywood!
Macaulay Culkin came into "Home Alone" as an unknown and emerged as the most in-demand child actor since Shirley Temple. Whom does Culkin have to thank? None other than John Hughes, the '80s comedy legend who wrote the script for this holiday classic, and who created the lovable and wisecracking Kevin, a kid who gets »
- Nigel Smith
We've been posting five fun facts about our favorite festive flicks leading up to Christmas ... and here's the perfect one for Christmas Eve.Today's featured film is Tim Burton and director Henry Selick's 1993 stop-motion classic, "The Nightmare Before Christmas!"1. Burton originally wrote "The Nightmare Before Christmas" as a poem in 1983 -- with Jack Skellington, his trusty dog Zero and Santa Claws as the only characters specifically named. Lock, Shock and Barrel are alluded to, and Jack's holiday toys (the vampire teddy bears, monster wreaths) are mentioned. Listen to Christopher Lee read it below:2. Chris Sarandon provided the talking voice for Jack, but apparently his singing voice was awful. Composer Danny Elfman is who you're actually listening to anytime the Pumpkin King breaks into song.3. The movie took almost three years to finish due to the slowness of stop-motion, with the crew averaging 60-70 seconds of footage a week. Hundreds »
- tooFab Staff
Ho, ho, ho! On this Christmas Eve, the Movie Geeks want to make sure we steer you towards the right festive movies this holiday season and came up with these ten. Several honorable mentions didn’t make the cut such as Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, Santa’s Slay, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), Emmit Otter’s Jug Band Christmas, Jingle All the Way, The Family Stone, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Polar Express, A Christmas Carol (1984), A Muppet Christmas Carol, Babes in Toyland (1961), Holiday Inn, It’s a Wonderful Life, Scrooge (1971), or Home Alone. Not to worry – they were considered but didn’t pass muster with the cinema elves. Come back on Christmas for our not-so traditional holiday movies lineup.
Now, for the list:
10. Love, Actually (2003)
“So if you believe in Father Christmas, children, like your Uncle Billy does, buy my festering turd of a record. And particularly »
- Movie Geeks
Animator and friend of the show Matthew R. Sinclair joins Sketchy this week to discuss 2009′s “Coraline,” a stop-motion animation about a girl who finds herself in a spooky, parallel world. It was written by Neil Gaiman and directed by Henry Selick of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” fame. We also discuss a short film related to Super Mario 64, The Waddlers, “Fantastic Planet,” and play a Name Game. Enjoy!
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- Ryan Clagg
The North Pole is abuzz with activity as the big guy and his reindeer team are about ready to roll. But I think we can all remember one particular Christmas when a certain Pumpkin King made Santa's trip a little difficult. Today's Slay… The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Easily one of the most beloved holiday films for horror fans, not only has the exquisite vision that is The Nightmare Before Christmas become iconic, it also kept Hot Topic in business until Harry Potter and Twilight came along. It's a beautiful love story that is appropriate for everyone from children to adults, and the best part…it's all about horror! However, in the gentlest of ways.
From the two-faced Mayor to the werewolves, vampires and (my personal favorite) the Tor Johnson-esque guy with the axe in his head ("Bunny!"), everyone has their most beloved Nightmare Before Christmas character. Danny Elfman's music is brilliant, »
- Doctor Gash
Along with presents, turkey and crackers, watching television has become a core part of the family Christmas. But trying to entertain young and old for days on end whilst confined indoors is no easy task.
But before leafing through the Christmas Radio Times in the desperate hope that the television schedules just might hold the answer, why not check out our 12 days of film Christmas, guaranteed to take you from the excitement of the holiday build-up to the early days of 2013.
Saturday 22nd December
The Mood – The holiday begins! Well, for some. But even if you have to keep working before Christmas, there is no denying that the last weekend before Christmas is when the anticipation of a break really begins to set in. With the present shopping finally over and the advent calendar almost empty, tonight is the night to start letting the excitement build.
The Movie – Die Hard »
- Natalie Holmes
If you're anything like us, then at this time of year you're a sucker for Christmas movies of any kind. You melt and grin over the tender lessons learned, the opening of presents, the sourpuss having a change of heart, the pratfalls, the lovers sharing a kiss in the snow, the realization that Santa actually exists. Oh, and Martians.
We're celebrating our love of Christmas movies, not to mention the holiday itself, with this heartwarming mashup of Christmas cheer. Merry Christmas from all of us here at NextMovie — as well as a multitude of movie characters — to all of you.
Movies Included (Click to Buy):
Holiday Inn | How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Love Actually | Bridget Jones' Diary | The Nightmare Before Christmas | Batman Returns | Pirate Radio | Home Alone | Eight Crazy Nights | Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist | Prancer | Christmas in Connecticut (1945) | The Holiday | A Charlie Brown Christmas | Bad Santa | American Psycho »
- Avaryl Halley
Top 10 Simon Williams Dec 21, 2012
You don’t want to find yourself on the naughty list when any of these Santas come to town…
Earlier this year we heard that Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink had signed on to direct the follow-up to Terry Zwigoff’s 2003 black comedy hit, Bad Santa. As the festive season approaches, here's our look at the movies’ top ten villainous Father Christmases.
10. Santa Claus – Santa’s Slay (2005)
In this dark comedy horror, Santa Claus (played by former wrestling star Bill Goldberg) is actually a demon who, after years of killing on Christmas Day, is defeated by an angel in the year 1005 Ad and sentenced to deliver Christmas presents and good cheer instead for a thousand years. In 2005, having done his time, the evil Santa arrives on his sleigh pulled by his “hell-deer” to resume the killing once again.
On The Naughty List Because: In »
With Frankenweenie getting set to make its DVD and Blu-ray debut on January 8th, word has just come that in addition to the movie we'll be getting a bonus short film that's likely to fill classic horror fans with glee.
As per USA Today...
"Captain Sparky vs. the Flying Saucers is another movie-within-a-movie, which finds Sparky recruited into duty when the most low-budget alien spacecraft ever begins attacking the planet." Frankenweenie's animation supervisor Mark Waring helmed the short.
Check out the first stills below.
The Frankenweenie voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Martin Short (Mars Attacks!), and Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow), along with Charlie Tahan and Atticus Shaffer.
A heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses »
- Uncle Creepy
Here's an interesting infographic charting the top-grossing Christmas movies since 1980 alongside their Rotten Tomatoes critic and audience ratings. You'll notice that just because a Christmas movie makes a lot of money, that doesn't mean it was very good. If you go by this list, the most beloved Christmas movie since 1980 that also made a whole bunch of money is Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Do you agree?
- Erik Davis
Rustle up some eggnog and mistletoe because it's that time of year again!
'Tis the season for your TV to be invaded by St. Nicholas & Co., and we don't want you to miss one minute of cinematic cheer this year. So, to service your DVR-ing needs, here's a ho-ho-holiday movie guide featuring the what, when* and where on your favorite Christmas flicks.
And, if these times aren't working for you, check our service provider's On Demand channels — most are offering some season's greetings of their own.
The Classics 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' (1966)
Saturday, Dec. 15: 5:30 p.m. on Cartoon Network
Tuesday, Dec. 18: 8:00 p.m. on ABC
Tuesday, Dec. 25: 8:00 p.m. on ABC
'It's a Wonderful Life' (1946)
Monday, Dec. 24: 8:00 p.m. on NBC
'Miracle on 34th Street' (1947)
Saturday, Dec. 15: 4:45 p.m. on AMC
Sunday, Dec. »
- Amanda Bell
There was no doubt in our minds that Fright Rags would be releasing a limited edition Christmas-themed shirt this month and they have officially announced a mash-up design, mixing The Nightmare Before Christmas with The Shining:
“While no one likes a straight up horror tee more than us, we also like to mix it up a bit from time to time. In fact some of our best selling designs have been a result of sitting around the office, kicking around ideas until something strikes a chord with us. And most of the time, it’s the crazy mash-up ideas that get us giggling like little schoolgirls. So next Wednesday, we thought we’d go out with a mash up of epic proportions for our final limited edition release of 2012…”
Only 500 Printed! : This t-shirt will only be available at 10:00am Est, Wednesday, December 12. Unlike previous limited editions, this shirt »
- Jonathan James
Here’s the thing about ParaNorman: it’s not the family romp it claims to be. The ads push the child hero, and the kid-friendly animation, peppered with the expected amount of grown-up in-jokes. They’re not lying, but at the same time, they miss film’s overall tone: dark, creepy, and often quite sad. That’s actually a good thing – it helps make ParaNorman one of the more original animated features in recent years – but it might catch newcomers by surprise. Hit the jump for my full review of the Blu-ray. In many ways, ParaNorman is the kind of film that Tm Burton forgot how to make. It owes a modest debt to The Nightmare Before Christmas, but quickly finds its own path to that wonderful Gothic vibe. Its hero, Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) sees dead people… and he’s actually kind of okay with that. It beats »
- Rob Vaux
As the calendar creeps quickly towards Christmas Day on the 25th of December, we’re counting down the days with a special advent calendar of festive films, revealing a set of rare images for each chosen film to surprise and delight film fans.
And what better a place to start than with Tim Burton’s classic supernatural animation?
Released in 1993, and directed by Henry Selick, who would go on to release the wonderful and equally creepy Coraline, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas was as bold an expression as animation had ever been, wonderfully using the stop motion medium that still seems the ideal companion to Burton’s iconic and idiosyncratic character designs. There is something intangibly supernatural about the medium that also lends itself to this sort of material and in Burton’s tale of topsy-turvy innocence lost the medium found its first, perfect story.
The film follows »
- Simon Gallagher
You like "Home Alone." Heck, you may even claim to love "Home Alone."
But do you love it enough to ink a tribute to Joe Pesci into your skin, permanently?
They say that beauty is skin-deep, but there's no adage for how deep fandom goes. These 25 hardcore fans of movies from, yes, "Home Alone" to "Black Swan" proudly display their devotion on their bodies in the form of intricate ink.
Scroll on to see, and tell us in the comments how you would pay body art tribute to your favorite flick.
1. 'The Dark Knight'
2. 'Fight Club'
6. 'Jurassic Park'
7. 'Inglourious Basterds'
8. 'Edward Scissorhands'
9. 'The Shining'
10. 'Home Alone'
11. 'Black Swan'
12. 'The Goonies'
13. 'Star Wars'
14. 'The Twilight Saga'
15. 'The Lord of the Rings'
16. 'Harry Potter'
17. 'The Hunger Games »
- Kase Wickman
Interviewed by Michael Juvinall, MoreHorror.com
Actor Chris Sarandon has appeared in numerous stage, screen, and Television roles since 1972. Horror fans know him best as the handsome, yet wicked vampire “Jerry Dandrige” in the now classic film Fright Night (1985), as well as playing the lead as detective Mike Norris in the original Child’s Play (1988) film. He is also well known for playing the speaking voice of “Jack Skellington” in Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Some of his other genre roles include The Sentinel (1977), The Resurrected (1991), The Vampyre Wars (1996), Bordello of Blood (1996), and a small role in the Fright Night remake (2011).
He is also well known for his non genre roles including Dog Day Afternoon (1975) for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Other roles include the evil prince in The Princess Bride (1987), as well as over 80 more film and Television appearances.
The extremely versatile actor has »
Tugg is getting in the holiday spirit. The web platform that allows moviegoers to select films to play in their local theaters continues to expand its library, adding such classics as Miracle on 34th Street, The Polar Express, Elf, Christmas Vacation and Home Alone, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Additionally, Tugg has revealed its Top 8 "Feel-Bad Holiday Films" now available for moviegoers nationwide to screen in local theaters. Among them: Die Hard, Bad Santa, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Lethal Weapon. See the complete list below. Tugg, introduced earlier this year, allows individuals to select a film, screening
- THR Staff
Watching a movie is all about getting into mood – and now that Halloween is out of the way we can start planning to get all ‘Christmassy’ with a festive movie line-up. But leave A Christmas Carol and Miracle On 34Th Street for Christmas Day, after all it’s too early to bring out the big guns. Thn recommends you start lightly with these films – the top five Christmas movies that can be enjoyed the whole year.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Studios rejected Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands until the success of Batman saw it fast tracked into production. The film had a Christmas release in the Us and in Tim Burton’s twisted mind – the same mind that brought us The Nightmare Before Christmas – Edward Scissorhands is a undoubtedly a Christmas film. Hot mess Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder were the couple of the 1990s, and here they play the unfinished, artificial »
- Isra Alkassi
A short while ago Full Moon released remastered Blu-ray versions of the original Puppet Master, Puppet Master II, and Puppet Master III; and to celebrate, they want to give one lucky Dread Central reader an entire signed box set.
The most successful independent direct to video horror franchise of all time stars Paul Le Mat (American Graffiti, American History X, Melvin and Howard), William Hickey (Prizzi's Honor, "One Life to Live," The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Name of the Rose), Irene Miracle (Inferno, Midnight Express, Walking Thunder), Jimmie F. Skaggs (Lethal Weapon, Hollow Man, Cutthroat Island).
The secret of life has been discovered by master puppeteer Andre Toulon. But we quickly discover Toulon's secret of death in the form of five killer puppets-each one uniquely qualified for murder and mayhem. Tunneler has a nasty habit of boring holes in people with his drill bit head. Ms. Leech regurgitates killer »
- The Woman In Black
Happy Halloween !
Yes, we close this year's season of "Oscar Horrors" by celebrating the gruesome Oscar-nominated makeup in...(deep breath)... Columbia Tri-Star Picture's Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) . So many possessives! And the film, if I remember it correctly, is possessed. Kenneth Branagh has never been a wallflower as a director and his version of Frankenstein has the exuberant gonzo abandon (i.e. shameless confidence) that also characterized his far more artistically successful reincarnation noir Dead Again (1991).
Now. You might be asking "why, Nathaniel, are we looking at shirtless (briefly) buff Kenneth Branagh and his »
- NATHANIEL R
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