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A Sampling of Burton
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Tim Burton is the master of the macbre. His style and vision has created some of the best gothic masterpieces to hit the silver screen in the past 25 years. No Halloween season is complete without a healthy sampling of the director's best offerings. Luckily, we've compiled several of his most Halloween-worthy scenes for you to sink your teeth into.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
True, Burton didn't actually direct this film, directing duties were left up to Coraline helmer Henry Selick, but there's no doubt the film's source sprang completely from Burton's head. From the scarecrows that populate Halloween Town, to Danny Elfman's amazing score, if ever there were a singular example of Burton's style, The Nightmare Before Christmas would be it.

Beetlejuice
Having come off Pee Wee's Big Adventure, it wasn't until Beetlejuice that Burton got to unleash his twisted world on us. And what better way to do it than with a recently deceased couple attempting to rid their former Connecticut dream house of newly arrived New York socialites. And if the plot isn't enough to get you to watch, amazing performances by Michael Keaton and Catherine O'Hara are sure to seal the deal.

Batman
It takes a dark man to take on the dark knight, and while it may not live up to Christopher Nolan-esque standards, the film destroyed the box office when it came out. While Jack Nicholson's portrayal of the Joker was always listed as the highlight, I've always felt the film's real genius was found in Anton Furst's production design.

Edward Scissorhands
This may be Burton's masterpiece. Cast Johnny Depp as an artificial man with scissors for hands, throw him into a cookie-cutter suburban landscape, add a dash of Vincent Price, and watch heartbreaking drama ensue.

Ed Wood
This one is scary if for no other reason than it features Johnny Depp in a dress.

Sleepy Hollow
This may be my favorite of Tim Burton's films, at least stylistically. Burton's designs, placed in the late 1700's work exceptionally well. The woods are a character all their own, and the set pieces are inventive and, at times, horrifying. Burton claims he used the old Hammer films as a guide, which he gives a nod to in the casting Christopher Lee. Further, the town of Sleepy Hollow was built from the ground up in the English countryside, giving an authenticity and lived-in feel to the film.

Sweeney Todd
There's enough blood in this movie to keep Bill Compton and company satisfied for several months. If slit throats and blindly feeding human meat to others isn't dark enough for you, [spoiler alert] Todd's killing of his syphilitic wife will have you reaching for the Xanax.

Burton fans will notice a lack of certain films, such as Batman Returns, Big Fish, and Mars Attacks. This was mostly due to a lack of proper clips on YouTube.
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3 Comments

Genius, thy name is Burton...

said Johnny Wright on October 30, 2009 3:57 PM.

Ivo-
You are a person after my heart. Marry me. I LOVE Burton. This made. My.Day. Marry me.
Thanks,
Shadow

said shadow_74 on October 30, 2009 7:51 PM.

I've just had a "burtogasm"

said Vicky on October 31, 2009 2:09 AM.
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