The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Nightmare Before Christmas poster

Frida After Dark is making Christmastime with Henry Selick’s macabre holiday tale The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, grows tired of the holiday and wishes to try something new. When he accidentally comes across Christmas Town, he is inspired by what he sees and decides to put his own twist on the wintertime celebration. With the help of his friends, they make Christmas their own, but with decidedly disastrous results.

Filled with breathtaking stop-motion imagery, The Nightmare Before Christmas is an unconventional take on the holiday season as well as one of producer Tim Burton’s most beloved films.


“Part Avant-garde art film, part amusing but morbid fairy tale, it is a delightfully ghoulish holiday musical that displays more inventiveness in its brief 75 minutes than some studios can manage in an entire year” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Burton and his collaborators present a movie musical that’s unlike nothing you’ve sever seen.” – Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

“Visually a macabre knockout, this 75-minute fantasy boasts some of the wittiest, most vigorous stop-motion animation effects in the history if the process.” – John Hartl, Seattle Times

The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas.