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"The Nightmare Before Christmas" AND "A Haunted House" - silent Buster Keaton w' LIVE Organ

Event title "The Nightmare Before Christmas" AND "A Haunted House" - silent Buster Keaton w' LIVE Organ
Beginning Date Saturday October 20th, 2018 PM 5:30
Ending Date Saturday October 20th, 2018 PM 7:10
Location Landmark Loew's Jersey Theratre
Contact Colin Egan
Description “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Voices of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, Paul Reubens, Edward Ivory, Danny Elfman. Directed by Henry Selick. Produced by Tim Burton. 1993, 74 mins, PG.


“The Haunted House” Starring Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts, Edward F. Cline. Directed by Buster Keaton & Edward F. Cline. 1921, 21 mins, B&W, Silent.

$10 adults / $8 kids & seniors for BOTH.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the few films of which it can be said in complete truth and utter compliment that there is nothing else like it – at once Goth and old fashioned, prankster-ish but also sentimental, slightly macabre yet sweet too, a little frightening but at the same time totally charming, tongue-in-cheek yet totally sincere. On top of that, it’s all stop-motion animation with a look that seems a mash-up of Chuck Jones and Charles Addams as done by Edward Gorey. That description should be enough to let any movie fan know that the film is the work of Tim Burton, whose sensibilities were formed from a childhood of watching cartoons and horror movies on TV and reading Edgar Allen Poe, and Henry Selick who, like Burton, was an alum of both CalArts and Disney’s animation shop, and became arguably the most accomplished stop-motion animator since Ray Harryhausen.

In the story, Jack Skellington (voice of Chris Sarandon) is the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, a realm where the inhabitants make it their life's work to scare humans on Halloween. He's good at his work, and is very popular around town, but it all bores him. Then one day he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own. He returns to Halloweentown inspired to persuade his fellow citizens to kidnap Santa Claus and do Christmas in their own Halloweentown way -- complete with snakes, shrunken heads, and such. Jack’s loving girlfriend (voice of Catherine O’Hara) warns against the idea in the strongest of terms, but Jack is undeterred, and soon Santa is duly snatched and the townspeople set about preparing a very special Christmas for everyone. Soon however, things start to go awry and we start worrying whether Jack will be able to save Santa, Christmas, Sally and even himself.

It’s important to remember that The Nightmare Before Christmas is animation before CGI, meaning it was one of the most monumental works of stop-motion photography ever brought to screen: it took over 120 animators and many more technicians in excess of two years to film it. The result is nothing short of dazzling, every bit as extraordinary in its own unique way as the best of Pixar’s admittedly stunning computer-generated animation. Halloweentown is like a haunted thrill ride for the eyes, popping with twists and gnarls that also possess an underlying sweetness: Just look at the expressiveness of Jack's skeletal eyes.

And in addition to all that, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a musical, with ten very appropriate musical numbers by composer Danny Elfman, who also supplies Jack's singing voice.

The film was an immediate hit both critically and at the box office, praised for its stunning originality and for the excellence of its execution. It a modern classic, an absorbing fable that both grownups and children can enjoy.

The Haunted House: Halloween would be a lot less fun at the Loew’s Jersey without the power and majesty of our Wonder Organ adding sound to a ghoulish silent movie. This year it’s a classic Buster Keaton short, The Haunted House. Keaton was as big a star of the silent screen as Charlie Chaplin, but seemed to fade from memory after the movies learned to talk. Within the last two decades, however, Keaton has been rediscovered and again recognized as not merely a contemporary in time but also an equal in genius to Chaplin in the art of silent comedy. Keaton created some of the most elaborately physical and memorably visual comedy set-pieces of the era. In The Haunted House, Keaton is a bank teller who runs afoul of robbers, counterfeiters and one apparently very haunted house. The film contains one of Keaton’s best visual gags: a staircase that seems impossible to climb. The Haunted House will be accompanied on the Wonder Organ by Brett Miller.

Categories Kids and Family, Art & Entertainment
Last Modified Tuesday October 30th, 2018
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