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'Nightmare Before Christmas' Director Reveals if Film is a Halloween or Christmas Movie

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    For years, fans of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” have wondered which holiday they should watch the iconic film -- Halloween or Christmas?

    After all, Jack Skellington doesn’t quite look like your typical Christmas decoration and the movie has a very Halloween feel to it. But the 1993 film also features a whole lot of Christmas trees, candy canes and colorful lights.

    Well, director Henry Selick finally put that debate to rest at Colorado’s Telluride Horror Show film festival, according to Devin Faraci of Birth.Movies.Death., who hosted a Q&A with the director.

    “Is this a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie?” a young fan asked Selick during a Q&A about the film.

    “It’s a Halloween movie,” Selick said.

    Faraci later added a little clarification following the event. 

    “This is a Halloween movie for people who realize Halloween isn't just one day out of the year,” he wrote.
     

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