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Digital Shorts: ‘Pinstripe’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

In Digital Shorts we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Pinstripe – a new narrative puzzle platformer available now on the Nintendo Switch.

A platform adventure set in a gothic town populated with spidery-limbed characters a la The Nightmare Before Christmas, Pinstripe revels in a rich, haunting atmosphere with a creaking sound-track to boot, although the simplistic puzzles mean that this is a game that favours narrative over challenge and so may put off people looking for a lengthy, serious challenge.

Pinstripe begins with the player character, Ted and his daughter, Bo on a train which crashes in a snowdrift, resulting in Bo being taken by the evil entity of the town, Pinstripe (chocolatey of voice and oh-so sharp of suit). Following these events, the game then
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25 Days Is Not Enough! Freeform Extends Christmas Marathon to 2 Full Months — See the Lineup!

25 Days Is Not Enough! Freeform Extends Christmas Marathon to 2 Full Months — See the Lineup!
It’s never too early to start celebrating Christmas.

Now that Halloween has come and gone, Freeform is ready to help viewers get in the Christmas spirit. The network is increasing its Christmas marathon from 25 days to two full months — and the November roster of films is sure to have you craving peppermint candy canes.

Full of elves, snow and fun, the Kickoff to Christmas began Thursday with a screening of Christmas with the Kranks. Other holiday classics like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Santa Clause will play throughout the month.

But if you’re not
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The 28 Most Spooktacular Halloween Movies to Watch This Holiday Season

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The 28 Most Spooktacular Halloween Movies to Watch This Holiday Season
The season of pumpkin spice everything, candy corn, and scary movies has arrived. And you know what that means: it's time to rewatch your favorite Halloween movies. When the temperature is dropping and nostalgia is running high, there's comfort to be found in the familiar scares of Poltergeist or the childhood memories of Hocus Pocus. Each year, Hollywood releases new scary movies in the hopes that they'll attain the same iconic status, and some of them actually succeed. Still, it's the tried-and-true greats that fans of all things spooky return to year after year. While there are a few new classics on this list, the majority of these films are certified Halloween favorites. Because come on, can Halloween even come if you don't watch The Nightmare Before Christmas?
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Soundtracking: "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

by Chris Feil

To some degree, The Nightmare Before Christmas feels like the bastard child of Disney’s animated musicals. Granted the film was originally released under the Touchstone label due to concerns of frightened children and timid brand alignment. But in the years since, it’s grown beyond its cult following into full Mouse House acceptance, certainly one of the most merchandised of its era and most revisited thanks to inherent traditions in its duel holiday premise. So why does its music not get discussed alongside its peers?
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Casper Meets Wendy Is the Most Underrated Halloween Film

It's October, which means your programming schedule is probably filled with spooky things like The Haunting of Hill House or marathoning the Halloween movies. But maybe you're not into the scary part of the holiday and prefer more fun-filled fare like Hocus Pocus or The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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Rehire James Gunn Billboard Pops Up Next to Disneyland

Fans are getting aggressive in their demands for Disney and Marvel to rehire James Gunn back for the delayed sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. They have now crowdfunded a billboard demanding the disgraced director be given his old job back, and it sits right next to Disneyland. Too bad for them, James Gunn has moved on to his next gig already, writing and most likely directing Suicide Squad 2. So this isn't necessarily money well spent.

Disney has made it quite well known that they have absolutely no intention of hiring James Gunn back in any capacity, though they may still use his Guardians 3 script. Marvel fully backs their decision. That hasn't stopped fans from crying for his return these past couple of months. And now a group of hardcore Gunnheads are showing off their appreciation for Gunn's work in the biggest way possible.

A digital billboard suddenly
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Why Tim Burton’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Is an Underrated Gem

Note: This Collider original feature was initially published on a prior date, but has been moved to the front page to further highlight our original content. When the Halloween season rolls around, the Tim Burton film that most people seem to be discussing and watching the most is The Nightmare Before Christmas. But there’s another Burton film that’s just as fitting for the spooky fall season and also happens to be a pretty impeccable piece of filmmaking: Sleepy Hollow. Burton’s loose adaptation of the Washington Irving tale …
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17 Reasons It's Time to Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas Again

While most holiday movies feature warm, cuddly characters and can sometimes be too wholesome to handle, there's one seasonal movie that turns the holiday on its head: The Nightmare Before Christmas. That may be because it's the rare movie that's a scary holiday movie, and thus required viewing for Halloween and Christmas. Tim Burton's '90s classic is gorgeous, poignant, and it makes Christmas a little creepy - but in a good way. Here are all the reasons the animated flick is essential viewing for the season.
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Beauty vs Beast: The Battle of Halloweentown

Jason Adams from Mnpp here, wishing everyone a Happy All Hallows Week as well as (thematically related) a Happy 25 to Henry Selick's now-a-holiday-classic The Nightmare Before Christmas for this week's "Beauty vs Beast" contest. It seems strange to remember that when NBC came out it only got mixed reviews but I was there, I am old, and I remember it - it's stood the test of time though, and now I can't imagine Halloween or Christmas without Zero the Dog and the rest of the colorfully spooky gang. (The annual argument over whether the film is a Halloween Movie or an Xmas Movie that I could do without.) 

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Previously The winner of last week's Pj Soles contest was... drum-roll please... Pj Soles! Pj Soles is always our winner. Okay okay specifically it was her Halloween character of Lynda who won over her role in Carrie, with
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The Nightmare Before Christmas Director Henry Selick Regrets Cutting Out a Morbid Tim Burton Gag

The Nightmare Before Christmas is such a wonderfully morbid holiday film that families have been enjoying for the past 25 years. Yes, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the movie and today I learned a new little bit of trivia about the film’s ending that I never knew before!

There was one ghastly gag in the film that director Henry Selick ended up cutting out of the movie, and he now regrets that he ended up cutting it out.

While talking to THR, the filmmaker talked about the scene and the joke, which was made at the expense of Tim Button:

“There’s a shot — and I really regret replacing it — at the very end of the film when Jack comes back and then Sandy Claws flies overhead and there’s snow and Christmas comes to Halloween Town. We show a lot of Halloween Towners enjoying winter sports and
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‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Review

Believe it or not, Tim Burton's twisted vision of a Halloween/Christmas mash-up, The Nightmare Before Christmas, first danced and sang its way into theaters 25 years ago this Halloween. While it is of course airing this holiday season on Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween, you can get your hands on a brand new copy of the stop-motion animated classic with this new 25th anniversary Blu-ray. In addition to the gorgeous presentation of director Henry Selick's original theatrical version of the Oscar-nominated film, this new Blu-ray version comes with a Sing-Along …
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‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ at 25: Tim Burton’s Hybrid-Holiday Musical Still Holds Charm

‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ at 25: Tim Burton’s Hybrid-Holiday Musical Still Holds Charm
Tim Burton’s best movie might actually be one he didn’t direct. As a filmmaker, Burton’s strength has always been in his visual storytelling, the eccentric look and phantasmagorical feel of his characters and story settings. Since 1990, a parade of peculiar, pale protagonists, led by the grand marshal of Edward Scissorhands, has formed up in […]

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Nightmare Before Christmas Director Reveals His One Big Regret

Nightmare Before Christmas Director Reveals His One Big Regret
On the 25th anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas, director Henry Selick reveals the Tim Burton joke that he had to reshoot. Stop-motion animation is a time consuming process, which means that reshoots are a major deal, so the crew tries to get it right the first time. However, mistakes are made, even with multiple rehearsals. But, Selick says that his joke poking fun at Burton wasn't a mistake, and says that the only mistake was not leaving it in, upon reflection.

The Nightmare Before Christmas was released in 1993, but work on the project started in 1991, says Henry Selick. The creative team was on a time crunch, even though they were able to secure another year of work to properly finish the Jack Skellington adventure from the studio. When asked about regrets 25 years after the release, the director admitted to having one involving a joke about Tim Burton. Selick explains.
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'Nightmare Before Christmas' Director on the Tim Burton Joke He Had to Cut

'Nightmare Before Christmas' Director on the Tim Burton Joke He Had to Cut
Twenty-five years ago, it was hardly a sure thing that Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas would go on to become a cultural touchstone and earn $50 million in its initial run. When cameras began rolling on the film in summer 1991, stop-motion director Henry Selick and his crew faced a nerve-wracking obstacle that could trip up even the most seasoned of filmmakers: no screenplay.

“We had to start production without a script, which is insane,” Selick tells The Hollywood Reporter about the movie, which was released 25 years ago this month. “We didn’t ...
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Is the Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween Movie or a Christmas Movie? Let's Settle This

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Is the Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween Movie or a Christmas Movie? Let's Settle This
The Nightmare Before Christmas is an iconic holiday movie, to be sure, but one thing about the stop-motion fantasy has never been quite clear: which holiday is it really about?

Yes, a lot of the movie takes place in Halloween Town and main character Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King, but there are also plenty of Christmas elements once Jack travels to Christmas Town. Is it a Christmas movie that happens to take place around Halloween, or is it a Halloween movie with strong Christmas themes? The debate between which is which has raged on among fans ever since the film's release in 1993, so much so that director Henry Selick finally had to step into the fray.

Selick, who went on to direct James and the Giant Peach and Coraline, participated in a Q&A at the Telluride Horror Show in Colorado back in 2015 where he was asked by a
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Is the Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween Movie or a Christmas Movie? Let's Settle This

The Nightmare Before Christmas is an iconic holiday movie, to be sure, but one thing about the stop-motion fantasy has never been quite clear: which holiday is it really about?

Yes, a lot of the movie takes place in Halloween Town and main character Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King, but there are also plenty of Christmas elements once Jack travels to Christmas Town. Is it a Christmas movie that happens to take place around Halloween, or is it a Halloween movie with strong Christmas themes? The debate between which is which has raged on among fans ever since the film's release in 1993, so much so that director Henry Selick finally had to step into the fray.

Selick, who went on to direct James and the Giant Peach and Coraline, participated in a Q&A at the Telluride Horror Show in Colorado back in 2015 where he was asked by a
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Time to Get Spooky! Here's Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween Schedule

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Time to Get Spooky! Here's Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween Schedule
For Halloween-lovers, this is the most wonderful time of the year: Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween schedule has finally arrived! The network bumped up its spooky and spectacular lineup from 13 days to a whopping 31 and includes seasonal favorites like The Addams Family, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Monster House. As usual, there are a few Disney classics in the mix, and the whole thing concludes with a Hocus Pocus marathon! Pour yourself some cider, set your DVR, and be ready to get cozy.

Related: The 25 Scariest Movies on Netflix Right Now Monday, October 1

5 p.m. - ParaNorman

7:10 p.m. - The Nightmare Before Christmas

8:50 p.m. - Hocus Pocus

12 a.m. - ParaNorman

Tuesday, October 2

5 p.m. - The Nightmare Before Christmas

6 p.m. - Hocus Pocus

8:30 pm p.m. - Disney Pixar's Monsters University

12 a.m. - Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Wednesday, October 3

4 p.m. -
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Ten Things You Never Knew About ‘Hocus Pocus’

It’s almost time for Halloween which can only mean that it’s the perfect time for your annual Hocus Pocus screening. It truly is the perfect film for the occasion, especially if you’ve got younger ones at home.

Things You Never Knew About Hocus Pocus

As everyone knows, the Disney film tells the tale of new kid on the block Max Dennison (Omri Katz), who inadvertently unleashes three dangerous Salem witches, the Sanderson Sisters, upon his new town. Together with his younger sister Dani (Thora Birch), high-school crush Allison (Vinessa Shaw), and immortal talking cat Binx (Jason Marsden), he must find a way to stop the sisters once and for all.

This year is a very special year for Hocus Pocus as it turns twenty-five. That’s right, the 1990’s are now a good twenty years ago, well and truly in the past. In a bid to soften that blow,
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‘Funan’ Wins Top Prizes at Animation Is Film Festival

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“Funan,” the story of a young mother trying to reunite her family during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia of the 1970s, won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Award at the Animation Is Film Festival, held Oct. 19-21 in Los Angeles. The film, directed by Denis Do, made its North American debut at the event.

“’Funan’ reminds us that animation can tell any kind of story. This versatile medium is by no means limited to fantastical or extraordinary subjects, but is in fact uniquely suited to incredibly personal ones as well,” said Peter Debruge, jury chairman and Variety’s chief film critic. “With ‘Funan,’ Do explores what his Cambodian mother experienced at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime, finding unexpected beauty within the horror of the situation. The jury agreed that the profound result actually feels more powerful by virtue of being made in animation.”

In addition,
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Here's A Lot Of Stuff You May Not Have Known About The Nightmare Before Christmas

Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas turned 25 this year, which is honestly mind-blowing for me to hear. I don’t doubt that it’s been that long, but I am surprised a film that old still feels as fresh now as it did back then.

Anyway, you didn’t come here for my take on the franchise, you came here for a bunch of stuff you may not have known about the film. Like how the official title for the film is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas despite the fact Burton did not direct it.

Check out some other facts in the video below:
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