|A great movie marathon!|
I shook my head and said, "Nope"
Again all I could say was, "Nope"
She sighed. "Well I can show you all of these. But we'll start with Nightmare before Christmas since everyone's seen that."
There was a pause where I hung my head in mini shame and I felt her head turn towards me.
"You haven't seen Nightmare before Christmas have you?"
"It was playing in the common room of my dorm one time while I was trying to study. I only caught parts of it."
There was a look in her eyes that kinda said "I don't even know you any more." She didn't say it out loud but it was implied. It wasn't long before she sat me down on a Saturday morning and we started watching all four movies. It was DragynAlly's idea to watch all the movies in reverse chronological order which is why we started at Coraline and went backwards through the ranks to BeetleJuice. She pressed play and the marathon began.
All I could say is...O...M...G!!!!
I realized that I had a blessing a lot of Tim Burton fans didn't. Since I had never seen any of these movies before I could watch the later movies without looking through a filter of earlier movies. I was watching Coraline (A Henry Selick movie) having never seen Nightmare which means I thought it was awesome on it's own merits. It was so delightfully spooky and hauntingly sweet. When we got to Corpse Bride, which most people call an unofficial sequel I was able to not like it because it actually was horrible not because it didn't follow the style of Nightmare Before Christmas very closely.
But then we got to Nightmare Before Christmas.....and it blew my ever loving mind! I had always wondered why people loved it with such a fierce passion and loyalty and knew all of the songs. Then I realized all the artistry and the craft that went into it! It's just so dark yet so very lovely that it takes your breath away. I was so very surprised that it was a Disney movie. But seeing how good it is why wouldn't I come from the Mouse?!
And then we got to our final movie, BeetleJuice. The only problem I had with it was that I spent most of the movie waiting for the title character to show up. And then I realized that if you watched the BeetleJuice cartoon growing up then you have to remember that in this movie he was kinda the bad guy. But I feel watching this movie that I saw the birth of a Tim Burton Halloween style take hold, something that would inform Halloween movies for the rest of time.
Let's face it, if I learned anything from this movie marathon I learned that Tim Burton created the Halloween aesthetic for a lot of us. If it's a spooky movie on Halloween that's not a slasher flick we can probably name four or five movies that he's involved in or made by someone like Henry Selick who worked with him. We owe a lot of thanks for him and I'm glad DragynAlly made me watch this marathon.
I made a joke that if I hadn't seen these movies she would have broken up with me. She didn't seem to laugh as much as I did. In fact I think she was downright serious. I'm really glad I saw those movies.