The Perfect Time Of Year For My Favourite Movie

The Perfect Time Of Year For My Favourite Movie

There’s probably no huge surprise at what my favourite movie is especially with my love for the colder time of the year, Halloween and of course Tim Burton. If those clues just weren’t quite enough (shame on you) then I better come out and just say my favourite movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The movie first came out in 1998? and looking back I’m not sure why my parents showed it to me at the tender age of 8 because it can be a bit creepy (Oogie Boogie and the creepy Halloween town) but none the less I saw it and instead of being disgusted I was mesmerised. I had been brought up on a diet of Disney, princesses and Grease and so the creepy, occult, Halloween world was so new and exciting for my little brain.

Nightmare Before Christmas Pop

I remember within a few years I had destroyed the video-tape we had of it from watching it so many times so we had to replace it and I’m now on DVD number 2 (possibly even 3 as I then bought a limited edition version). It’s a tradition of mine to watch it on Halloween (or as close to) and again at the beginning of December just after I’ve put up my Christmas tree (although other times do creep in as well).

The stop-motion element of the movie fascinates me as I know from reading books and seeing behind the scenes work that this would have taken a long time to do yet the movements of each character from the spindly Jack Skellington to the fat clunky walk of Santa are spot on. I love the fact that there is an overriding love story within the movie but the love between Jack and creating something new overrides the romantic love element (although Jack and Sally together at the end does give me all the feels).

Nightmare Before Christmas

And the songs, my god the songs are just addictive. ‘Jack’s Lament’ is one of my ultimate favourites although you can’t deny that with all the character voices ‘This is Halloween’ is an ultimate classic piecing together and introducing all the characters so early on within the movie. I remember seeing Danny Elfman’s production at The Royal Albert Hall a few years ago where an orchestra performed tracks from Tim Burton movies he’d worked on and at the end they did a number of songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas which of course Elfman sang (as he’s the singing voice of Jack) and it’s the closest I’ve ever come to crying at a production. FYI I am cold hearted and do not cry so this was a big deal!

I find it hard to watch my favourite movie with other people merely because I know every word to not just the songs but the script and have to really push myself to not sing and talk along if I am with other people. It’s one of those movies my parents thought I’d grow out of when I was no longer a teenager in the full depths of emo, but I never did.

What’s your favourite movie and why do you love it?


  1. October 3, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    We love that film! Jack and Sally are awesome characters. My mummy is already humming ‘This is Halloween’

  2. LaaLaa
    October 3, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Ah Tim Burton makes some great out the box movies. I love Halloween, one of my favourite times of the year. One of my earlier films were A Nightmare On Elm Street & The Silence of the Lambs LOL I saw those before I was 4..ah the 80s and early 90s x

  3. Melanie Edjourian
    October 4, 2016 / 9:06 am

    It is the perfect time, I love that movie too it’s brilliant. Even my kids love it!!!!

  4. October 4, 2016 / 9:13 am

    I actually have to watch this this year, I’ve never seen it! 🙁
    My favourite movie is Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, have you seen it?

    Dani x

  5. October 4, 2016 / 10:44 am

    Can you believe I have never watched this film, it is one I often see and think I need to watch it x

  6. October 4, 2016 / 10:51 am

    This is one of my favourites as well! I feel in love with it as a child and haven’t outgrown it yet x

  7. October 4, 2016 / 11:00 am

    A great movie, I always watch miracle on 34th Street around Christmas, and elf.

    • October 4, 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Can you believe I’ve never seen miracle on 34th street?! 😮

      • October 5, 2016 / 5:40 am

        I like the remake modern one, it’s super cheesy!

  8. October 4, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    I honestly don’t think I’ve ever watched this properly! I don’t have a favourite movie but I do love Les Mis x

  9. October 4, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    I don’t have a favourite movie I have to admit – I have quite a few I love and Nightmare Before Christmas is one, so well made! x

  10. Beautyqueenuk
    October 4, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    Now I thought you would be more of a Nightmare on Elm Street kind… I do love a good scary film x

    • October 4, 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Nightmare on Elm street is great but I’m totally a kid at heart x

  11. October 4, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    I love Nightmare Before Christmas so much, will deffo be rewatching this film!

  12. PrettyLusciousThings
    October 4, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    Favorite movie? I guess the oldies.. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday and Some Like It Hot.

  13. Kathryn
    October 4, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    I have never actually seen the film! I shall have to cosy up and watch it soon. I love all of your memorabilia xx

  14. October 4, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    Oh we used to watch this one annually too. It’s a good one because it works in December and in October!

  15. October 4, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    Oooh! I absolutely love The Nightmare before Christmas, I think I’m going to have to watch it this week. I have a couple of favourite movies; The Devil Wears Prada, Breakfast at Tiffany’s & The Great Gatsby! xo

  16. October 5, 2016 / 7:32 am

    I’ve never even seen this movie before. I will have to watch it this year!

  17. Things Sarah Loves
    October 5, 2016 / 8:50 am

    I love the Nightmare Before Christmas! I remember going to see it as a child and I loved it, it’s still one of my favourite movies and although I haven’t watched it for a long time, it holds a special place in my heart. Definitely going to watch it this year! xx

  18. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    October 5, 2016 / 9:58 am

    I can’t believe I’ve never watched nightmare before Christmas! I need to watch it asap x

  19. October 5, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    You have so much cool merchandise! I love this time of year also 😀 x

  20. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    October 6, 2016 / 8:57 am

    Can you believe I have never seen this? And I LOVE all things Halloween too!

  21. Laura
    October 6, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    Believe it or not, I’ve never seen this film before but I’ve always wanted to watch it. You’ve inspired me! I’m going to make a point of watching it this year xxx

  22. October 6, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    I love this movie so much, so does my daughter! I think we might watch it at the weekend xx

  23. October 8, 2016 / 10:16 am

    Jacks Lament is so good I totally agree! I love the movie as well, I could watch it at any time of year!

  24. Bethany Naismith
    October 17, 2016 / 8:37 am

    I really really love Tim Burton movies and this one is one of my favourites too. Such a classic!

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