By Rick Polo (Editor-in-Chief)
Who would have imagined that what began as a short poem 30 years ago by then-unknown artist Tim Burton would become the greatest Gothic romances and holiday-spanning works of all time?
Released in 1993, Tim Burton’s iconic masterpiece, The Nightmare Before Christmas, took the world by surprise. Before the film, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was probably the spookiest holiday tale in existence. That all changed after years of pushing the idea, and repeated edits as not to completely traumatize Disney’s overwhelming young audience. It is a film that spans not one but two holidays, and now ranks as a staple Halloween and Christmas flick, an achievement not seen by any other major motion picture.
The Nightmare Before Christmas also serves as a go-to film for young Gothic culture. For the last 20 years, it has not only turned all the fluffy Christmas hype on its head, but told a tale of dark twisted romance, the ultimate teenage fantasy. Along with his genius visual art, Burton is also a master story tellers, with a glimpse of childish innocence piercing through the dark.
Two whole decades after its release, the film continues to inspire young artists and poets. Featured this month are various pieces of fan art discovered through hash tags across the web. These are true testaments to The Nightmare Before Christmas‘ impact on not only modern counter-culture but genre-spanning multi-platform film, visual art and poetry.