Today in horror we celebrate the birthday of composer Danny Elfman and recognize the music and compositions that he has brought to our genre! Elfman’s work has been heard in all but two of Tim Burton’s films (Ed Wood and Sweeney Todd) as well as such films as Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more. He also composed the main themes for The Simpsons as well as the “March Of The Dead” in Army Of Darkness.
Born May 29th in Los Angeles, California, Elfman became known to many people through the rock band Oingo Boingo, who were known for their heavy Halloween-themed concerts. His first film score was for 1980′s Forbidden Zone, which was directed by his brother, Richard Elfman. Since then, Elfman has gone on to score for some 90 films and shows, has been nominated four times for an Academy Award (he has never won), and won 33 various other awards, including the Richard Kirk award, which is given to composers who make significant contributions to film and television music.
Join me below in listening to some of my favorite cues from Danny Elfman as we wish him a very happy 59th birthday! READ MORE
Merry Christmas to one and all! Personally, my holidays kinda ended a few weeks ago when I didn’t need to light anymore candles for Hanukkah, so I got to sit back and just enjoy the fever pitch that Xmas puts a lot of my friends into.
Now, I know that for many of you, it’s a family tradition to watch certain films at this time of the year. For some of you, it might be A Christmas Story. For others, it might be Gremlins. Hell, for all I know, some of you might have a tradition of doing a Nightmare On Elm St. marathon (kudos to you and your family for being awesome).
For me, I watch whatever I want because it’s simply just another day of the year for me. So, today I watched Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Then I got to thinking, what were my favorite songs and which ones did I simply just want to skip past? Then I figured I’d share my thoughts with you! So, head on below to see my take on the soundtrack to this classic film! READ MORE
With the holidays looming upon us, we look back at Halloween with our heads down knowing that it’ll be another year before we can trick or treat again. And while everyone focuses their attention on ol’ Santa Claus, us horror fans typically focus our attention on the classic The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The 1993 stop-motion animated classic was based on Tim Burton’s 1982 poem, and before that inception, Disney has wanted to develop Jack Skellington and his Halloween Town into a short film or TV Christmas special, but feared it was too scary for kids.
Making the viral waves this very morning is a wonderful “The Nightmare Before Christmas” animated short as narrated by the great Christopher Lee! The short features many variations from the final film product, which ones do you spot? READ MORE
I’d like you to meet MrSolidSnake745, a YouTube user who makes music. With floppy drives. It’s incredible.
While most of his work are interpretations of videogame themes, he did create one for the Ghostbusters theme, and another for “This is Halloween” (inside) off the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack. Enjoy the cheese!
UPDATE: Derek Frey, producer and executive at Tim Burton Productions, has told The Playlist there is “no truth to the rumor” and expressed gratitude for squashing the rumor quickly. An unnamed source over at Dread Central claims to have spoken directly with Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens regarding his forthcoming East Coast stage show. When asked if Reubens would ever work again with director Tim Burton – who directed Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – he revealed that Burton is (finally) secretly working on a sequel to his stop-motion masterpiece The Nightmare Before Christmas! A sequel has been long rumored, and to be frank, it’s absolutely shocking (and appalling) to me that one has yet to go into production. Disney is all about merchandising – and Nightmare Before Christmas has more merch than any fan can even digest. And who knows, maybe a sequel could inspire Disney to develop a theme park attraction that’s not just a season revamp of “The Haunted Mansion”? READ MORE