November 23, 2017
Some say “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a Halloween movie. Others say it’s a Christmas movie. This video essay says it’s neither.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Damn, V’s trying to ruin my holiday.” I’m not. Promise. I bear no ill will against you, your turkey, or your family that just flew in from Chicago. All I’m saying, and call it heresy if you want, is that maybe The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Thanksgiving movie.
And I know what you’re thinking now. You’re thinking, “Hey idiot, the director himself said it was a Halloween movie.” I know. Henry Selick was very clear about which holiday the spirit of his film was intended to be infused with. All I’m saying, and call me a stupid idiot if you want, is that maybe The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Thanksgiving movie.
“Wow, V. You’re really reaching. And I mean that in the meanest way possible.” I understand. I really do. But once you watch this video essay by ScreenPrism, you might find that the holiday from which this film gets its theme is even more difficult to pin down than you might’ve previously thought.