A dozen years before The Corpse Bride got her not-so-pretty little hooks into Johnny Depp, Hollywood wizard Tim Burton gave moviegoers a labor of love in the exhausting puppet animation process. To many, The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) is every bit the equal of Bride. It's a characteristically dark fantasy in which the Pumpkin King of Haloweentown discovers the door to Christmastown, determines to do Santa's work and inadvertently creates a nightmare for the bearded one and all the good little boys and girls everywhere who eagerly await his arrival. Inventive, subversive and lots of fun, this Burton classic has a great musical score by his longtime comrade-in-arms, Danny Elfman, and was nominally directed by Henry Selick (James and the Giant Peach).
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Nightmare will show Saturday, October 29, at the popular Saturday Midnights at the Esquire series. Landmark's Esquire Theater is at 590 Downing Street. For information, call 303-352-1992.