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
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.