We did one of these last year, but October has started once more, so let’s do it again!
The choices on the list are based on the movies everyone cited in naterdawg’s “Halloween movies!” thread, but in case your favorites aren’t on there, I’ve included an “other” option as well. Which five are your favorites?
N.B.: I’m not asking for your general favorites of these choices, only for your favorites to watch (hypothetically) on or around Hallowe’en night—to get you in the mood for the holiday. For example, I prefer Sleepy Hollow, as a movie, to the fabulously silly House on Haunted Hill, but the latter seems more specifically Hallowe’en-y to me.
Not sure where to put this, but I’m watching Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride for the first time on TV.
I don’t know what to think of it. It’s weird, and almost self-consciously Burtonian—I wonder if this is the movie that started Burton’s downward spiral, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, all of which seem bloated and self-centered? Self-obsessed? Even, um, onanistic?
But it’s bizarre and slow, and ugly to look at. And maybe it’s just me, but it’s also somewhat disturbing and sad, in its gaiety about death and its scene with seeing one’s dead pet once more. (That last bit bothered me more than a children’s comedy flick should, probably.) I haven’t really smiled once through the whole thing. And, much more mundanely, the songs are terrible, and they all sound the same. Elfman has to work on writing new stuff: in fact, not only do they sound the same, but the score sounds exactly like Batman and Sleepy Hollow to boot.
There are some good parts. Emily Watson and Helena Bonham Carter give good and sympathetic voice-performances. It’s better than the extremely similar The Nightmare Before Christmas, which I’ve never liked. It’s always delightful to see—well, hear—Michael Gough and Christopher Lee, here as counterparts of each other. But it’s morbid, something about it bothers me, and I don’t think I like it very much.
Something interesting about it is the Disney influence; there’s a definite Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast influence, and much of it is almost definitely patterned off of the Haunted Mansion ride (the comparisons are too exact to be coincidence). Of course, Burton started out working for Disney.