Well, it’s that time again, where the ghosts and ghouls are coming out, dressed in their most horrific selves, and be walking through the streets trying to get themselves some candy. Since we’re too old to do that now, and be doing that, there’s another better way you can enjoy your Halloween. Either by yourself, or with a group of friends, just grab a big tub of popcorn, curl yourself up in front of the TV, and watch some of the creepiest, darkest movies that’s made and directed by one of the best film directors: Tim Burton!
Tim Burton is well-known for his distinct cinematic style, which has contributed to the success of his films. In films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton’s style is distinguished by his use of sound tracking, lighting, and costuming. While not all of his films are particularly frightening, it is the dark, gothic, and eccentric nature in most of his films that makes them worth watching again and again! So, if you like dark and weird, here are a few Tim Burton films that you wouldn’t want to miss watching!
- Nightmare Before Christmas
Even though The Nightmare Before Christmas is widely regarded as one of Tim Burton’s best films, he did not direct it; however, he did contribute to its creation by incorporating his distinct dark, surreal cinematic style as well as his unique stop-motion techniques. The film follows Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon), the King of Halloween Town, as he grows tired of celebrating the same holiday year after year. One day, Jack unintentionally discovers Christmas Town, and learns about Christmas. Jack decides that he wants to bring some Christmas into Halloween — by having them be the ones who bring the toys and presents to all the children in the world! Continue to watch to see how the scary monsters try incorporating Christmas in their way!
- Corpse Bride
The Corpse Bride is one of the many Tim Burton movies in which Johnny Depp stars in! Victoria (Emily Watson) and Victor (Johnny Depp) are scheduled to marry in an arranged marriage. Victor goes to the woods to rehearse his vows, nervous about the fact that he doesn’t know her, and accidently wakes the Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter), unwittingly marrying her in the process. Victor is initially disgusted by the Corpse Bride, but as he comes to know her, he discovers that there is much to adore in her.
- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Another movie starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, Sweeney Todd, is a dark and gory musical. Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp), formerly known as Benjamin Barker, is a barber who partners with Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), a baker, to open a bakery. He used to be happily married with a daughter until the frightening Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) wrongly convicted him of a crime and sentenced him to prison. Todd opens a barbershop after being released from prison and begins murdering his customers. Mrs. Lovett makes pies out of them, which she sells in the shop, while Todd plots his vengeance on the judge.
- Edward Scissorhands
Another one of Tim Burton’s best films, Edward Scissorhands is a sad supernatural romance starring Johnny Depp as the titular figure, a boy brought to life by a kind but eccentric creator (Vincent Price). The inventor dies before completing his work, leaving the youngster with scissors for hands and little capacity to survive on his own. People are terrified of Edward when he wanders out into suburbia, but that doesn’t stop him from falling in love with Kim (Winona Ryder), the daughter of the family that takes him in. Edward begins to make friends with Kim and uses his special skills to style hair and plants, gradually becoming accepted by the community. But, of course, fear of the unknown triumphs, and Edward and Kim must strive to avoid being judged by strangers. Tim Burton’s love of outcasts is shown in “Edward Scissorhands,” which employs the best of his Gothic vision to create a frightening but family-friendly Halloween atmosphere.
Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam (Alec Baldwin) are an ordinary young married couple who die in a horrible car accident — but that’s just the start of their story. They must figure out how to kick out the new family who has moved in because they are tied to their prior home (which they now haunt). Barbara and Adam learn how to take their hauntings to the next level with the help of Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton). However, as they grow closer to the family’s daughter, Lydia (Winona Ryder), they realize they don’t want to injure or scare away the newcomers. “Beetlejuice” has lots of genuine scares and laughs, and is a sweet paranormal story that’s perfect for All Hallow’s Eve.
- Sleepy Hollow
Based upon the well-known Halloween legend about Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horesemen, this movie is one more Johnny Depp movie Investigator Ichabod Crane is summoned to the tranquil and close-knit community of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a string of decapitations, and Johnny Depp reprises his role as the uneasy but determined constable. The tale of the Headless Horseman (Christopher Walken), a Revolutionary War ghost, haunts Sleepy Hollow. When the Horseman’s head is taken from his grave, he returns to collect the heads of Sleepy Hollow residents until his own is returned. While trying to figure out who has the head and how to save the town, Ichabod falls in love with Katrina Van Tassel (Christina Ricci). “Sleepy Hollow” maintains Burton’s dreamlike horror aesthetic, and comes with a good tale that makes it a must-see Halloween film, despite some of the genuinely horrific violence behind it.
Just by checking these out, you’re not only bound to enjoy watching just these, but you’re also bound to want to find more of Tim Burton’s works that you want to watch during any time!