It is the last day of September friends! Stragglers and naysayers alike will awake tomorrow unable to deny that it is officially the Halloween season. I’m sure you’ve already got a head start on them, but let’s cover your bases with the second half of this week’s installment.
Tim Burton: Live Action
Oh my glorious gothic gods, there is just too much. Seriously, click on the link to Tim’s filmography page. If nothing I mention here inspires you there is bound to be something on that page that will get your cosplay-loving, mini-haunted-house-making heart racing. As it is, here are some honorable mentions.
Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands are classic Burton movies. They are the first big movies that gave us a glimpse of the twisted genius behind the curtain. Where Beetlejuice introduced future fans to his iconic artistic style, Edward Scissorhands showcased his talent for breaking our hearts. Cosplays for both movies have been stalking Comic-Cons for years, and I for one am grateful.
If you’re more inclined to pick up something mainstream, look for Batman Returns. Of all the Batman movies this one is simultaneously the most Tim Burton-esq and the most Halloween friendly. Gotham is eerily dark, the penguin is downright creepy, and Michelle Pfeiffer is the quintessential Catwoman. Again, cosplay and décor opportunities abound here.
I can’t in good conscious end this section without mentioning Sleepy Hallow. The story centers around the classic headless horseman figure and then manages to add witches, face eating Hessians, and a forensic investigator that I am convinced is an artistic nod to Dr. Frankenstein. If that wasn’t enough, every setting and set piece in this gorgeous world screams Halloween. But none more so than the demon tree that is also a gate to hell. Look upon its glorious silhouette and try not to weep.
That wraps up the honorable mentions and brings us to the main event. The strikingly underrated…
Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
This adaptation of the Broadway musical will get in your head like an itch you just can’t scratch. Johnny Dep and Helena Bonham Carter walk around like one of Tim’s doodles made flesh.
The setting is bleak and brooding, blood and nefarious deeds abound, all set to music you can really tap your toe to. And you will. And then you will question your morals having realized you were just joyfully singing about cutting up people into meat pies. That’s right Arya, move over for the original purveyor of cannibalistic treats. This dynamic duo has that chilling game on lock down.
If that doesn’t tickle your fancy you can always sing about Pretty Women as you bask in your throat cutting blood bath, or profess that Nothing’s Gonna Harm You as you plot to throw small children in your human-flesh-cooking oven. Really there no end to the ways you could creep the hell out of your neighbors with this one.
As previously mentioned, Tim Burton is a creative machine. Today marks the release of his newest movie Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. If you’ve read the book I’m sure you are just as excited for this movie as I am. If you haven’t read the book imagine a fantasy world inspired by eerie vintage photos and then given the artistic blessing of Tim Burton. I will be seeing it tonight with my daughter because I honestly can’t think of a better way to celebrate a birthday.