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There's one question that has long plagued those of us who take the holiday season seriously. You know, the people who wake up on October 1st and immediately kick a festive attitude into gear, spreading their excited anticipation among three events: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

But this one uncertainty has kept a firm grip on us since 1993: should The Nightmare Before Christmas be watched on Halloween or Christmas?


Well, finally, some wise soul decided to ask director Henry Selick his thoughts on the holiday conundrum at Colorado's Telluride Horror Show film festival, and he responded with a surprisingly decisive answer:

It's a Halloween movie.

You can't get more definitive than that!


According to Devin Faraci at Birth.Movies.Death., Selick was clear about the story being about the experiences of the people of Halloween:

[T]his is a movie about Halloween, and the people of Halloween, and how they react to something like Christmas.

That means the intended time of year to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas is right around the corner. But, just because the director feels that way certainly doesn't mean you have to. If you enjoy the timeless classic on Christmas to break up the pervasive cheer, then I say stick to your guns.

That's what Jack Skellington would want.

(Source: Birth.Movies.Death.)


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