The Director of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' Just Settled a Long-Standing Debate

Halloween or Christmas movie?

The Director of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' Just Settled a Long-Standing Debate
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The Nightmare Before Christmas is the classic holiday tale that perfectly captures the Halloween and Christmas spirt. Wait, the spirit of both holidays? Now that's confusing, right? 

Since the 1993 release of the beloved stop motion fantasy, there's been much confusion about whether the film is more suited for the October or December TV movie marathon season. Jack Skellington's ghoulish ways coupled with his foray into the bright, festive world of Christmas Town makes this confusion pretty understandable. 

It's been over twenty years since we've been asking this question, and finally, thankfully, we have an answer. At a recent Q&A at the Telluride Horror Show film festival, a young girl asked director Henry Selick to judge his own movie and reveal the truth: “It’s a Halloween movie," he said. 

So yeah, final consensus: it's a Halloween movie! 

The Director of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' Just Settled a Long-Standing Debate

I mean, was there really ever a doubt?

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