The Nightmare Before Christmas is a unique film that can be enjoyed during both Halloween and Christmas seasons, but the film’s composer Danny Elfman says he definitely associates the film with one holiday.
In an interview with USA Today, Elfman said, “It’s obviously about Christmas, but for me, it’s a Halloween movie. Growing up, Halloween was my favorite night of the year and Christmas was a troublesome time. Into my adult years, it was a time where a bit of a dark cloud would follow me around – probably carrying over from my childhood until I had my own kids – and then I developed a new, brighter view of Christmas.”
Elfman continued, “I also felt very close to Jack Skellington’s plight because I knew what it was like to be the king of my own little world, and to want out of that world and want something else. So I felt very close to the holiday of Halloween, but also very close to Jack and what he was going through.”
Oh, no…could the classification of The Nightmare Before Christmas be the new “Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?” Only time will tell. Fortunately, this debate could easily go on through the Christmas season, so be prepared to support your stance!