Tim Burton is one of modern filmmaking’s best-known directors — largely because his films all look like Tim Burton films. It’s hard to find a recent director whose distinct visual aesthetic has become so universally, immediately recognizable. Even in his new live-action Disney film Dumbo, which is something of a departure from Burton’s previous work — it’s a remake that doubles as a careful critique of its predecessor — it can still easily be called “Burton-esque,” like all of his movies.
In case you missed my announcement post on October 1st (this one!), you probably know that I am hosting this month’s Food ‘n Flix event here at Kahakai Kitchen with the perfect October and Halloween movie, Beetlejuice! Although not the most foodie of films, entries have already been coming in and as usual, my Food ‘n Flix fellow participants, both old and new are outdoing themselves with creative and fun entries. I can’t wait to show you in the roundup I will be doing after the deadline!
If for any reason you have not seen Beetlejuice, my announcement post gives a quick breakdown of the plot so I won’t go into that in this post and instead, I’ll talk about my movie-inspired dish.
I have seen Beetlejuice about a bazillion times and probably my favorite part is the dinner party scene with the sculptural shrimp cocktails that turn into hands and grab the guests into their bowls (but not until after their bodies are taken over by a rousing dance to The Banana Boat Song). I knew going in, I would take inspiration from those shrimp and the bowls but I wanted to change things up a bit. Instead of shrimp cocktail, I wanted to make some sort of soup and have the shrimp over the side–instead of in it.
As always, Freeform is airing Hocus Pocus multiple times during this years “31 Nights of Halloween”, including an all-day marathon on October 31st. But they’re also putting together a 25th anniversary special for the 1993 film, being described as a “spooktacular” birthday party. It’ll be filmed live in L.A., and you can snag free tickets through On Camera Audiences.
Wouldn’t ya know it, this year is also the 25th anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Freeform is celebrating both films with a Halloween House in Hollywood!
Between October 4-9 in Hollywood, California, Freeform is hosting the “run amuck experience,” with tickets now up for grabs through the official “31 Nights of Halloween” site.
Believe it or not, Tim Burton‘s twisted vision of a Halloween/Christmas mash-up, The Nightmare Before Christmas, first danced and sang its way into theaters 25 years ago this Halloween. While it will of course be airing this holiday season on Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween, you can get your hands on a brand new copy of the stop-motion animated classic even earlier with this new 25th anniversary Blu-ray.
In addition to the gorgeous presentation of director Henry Selick‘s original theatrical version of the Oscar-nominated film, this new Blu-ray version comes with a Sing-Along Edition that makes for the perfect family viewing experience. While the songs from legendary composer/lyricist Danny Elfman are super-catchy and easy to sing along with as they are, this version makes things even easier by displaying the lyrics across the screen, karaoke-style. And after you’ve watched the 76-minute classic for the hundredth time, there are a ton of Bonus Features to enjoy. There’s both the newly added Song Selection function, which lets you sing along with whatever song you want without skipping through the whole movie, plus a fantastic collection of Classic Bonus Features.
We may be no closer to that Beetlejuice sequel finally becoming reality, but the beloved characters will at least be returning in a musical that’s headed to Broadway early next year. Deadline reports today that the musical will arrive in March 2019 at the Winter Garden Theatre, with the official opening set to follow in April.
The site adds, “The new musical, based on Tim Burton’s 1988 movie, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington D.C., with previews beginning Sunday, October 14 and opening on Sunday, November 4.”