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Directed by Henry Selick
  • Danny Elfman
  • Chris Sarandon
  • Catherine O’Hara
  • William Hickey
  • Glenn Shadix
Screenplay by Caroline Thompson
Genre Animation, Family, Fantasy


UK Release Date 25th November 1994


Not all goes to plan when Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon), king of Halloween Town,¬†attempts to take over the Christmas holiday. Sally (Catherine O’Hara), a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, is against the idea.

Is The Plot Interesting?

The plot of The Nightmare Before Christmas is quite fresh in some ways. It’s not your usual Christmas film. And I mean that in the best possible way because it created the uniqueness that surrounds this film.


Is The Acting Good?

The Nightmare Before Christmas has some of the best voice acting I have ever seen. Each performance captures the characters really well. In my opinion this part of the movie couldn’t have been better.

Is The Directing Good?

Henry Selick took a very distinctive approach to the directing of The Nightmare Before Christmas and it worked extremely well. He was, without a shadow of a doubt, the perfect person to direct the movie.


Is The Cinematography Good?

The cinematography had a certain picturesque quality to it and an energetic feel about it. I think because the style was so specific, it focused the movie and made it more entertaining.

Is It Worth Watching?

The Nightmare Before Christmas isn’t the most Christmassy movie I’ve ever seen – the Halloween aspect does sometimes overpower the Christmas part – but I did enjoy the freshness of it.


[singing] Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it!

– Danny Elfman as Jack Skellington