CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Batman Returns – Tim Burton’s true nightmare before Christmas

In 1990 Tim Burton’s long standing passion project The Nightmare before Christmas was finally green lit by Disney. This has been something he’d been working on since 1982 and had previously faced resistance from Disney due to the projects tone. Unfortunately for Tim he had already committed to direct the follow-up to his 1989 success Batman.

Tim Burton handed the direction of The Nightmare Before Christmas to his long time friend and collaborator Henry Selick. Burton, who disliked the lengthy stop-motion animation process, was initially happy for Selick to interpret his vision. Later in the process Tim would take a more hand on approach. Unhappy with Selick’s progress Burton would fly between the Los Angeles Batman set and San Francisco where Nightmare was being produced.

Due to the success of the first Batman film Warner Bros gave Burton more of a free range on the sequel. This led to a more nightmarish world of crime and poverty. The films themes of the wealth gap, political corruption, and populist politics weren’t usual blockbuster fare. The June release date also didn’t seem in line with the Christmas setting. This might be part of the reason that, despite a higher production budget, Batman Returns took just over less than half of its predecessor’s box office takings.

Most of Batman Returns grotesqueness comes from Danny DeVito’s portrayal of The Penguin. This hideous version of the notorious DC villain is one of DeVito’s finest performances. The drooling, heavy breathing, dirty looking Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin’s name) looked like he could burst into a geyser of pus at any moment. Everything from his movement (created to help DeVito cope with the heavy prosthetics) to the grunts he makes between talking and whilst walking (based on a noise a rabbit makes) helped create a classic comic book movie villain.

The Nightmare Before Christmas did not perform well at the box office. During the late 1990’s early 2000’s it started picking up a cult following due to DVD and TV showings. Worried about the content Disney had removed its from the initial release. Years later it was restored. Characters from the animation are now popular purchases from Disney Stores. Recently a stage live production has toured areas in America and Europe.

Both these films seem to have been almost looked down upon when released have gone on to gain huge followings. They have also both worked their way to becoming essential Christmas viewing.

 

Related Posts
The Spine of the Night hits DVD/Bluray this February!

In The Spine of the Night, an ultra-violent fantasy epic, ancient dark magic falls into sinister hands and unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind. A group of heroes from different Read more

The Plague Doctor Returns To Terrify Audiences Once More In New VIPCO Release

VIPCO have been busy recently getting their new website up and running which you can find HERE and they have many exciting releases out now and also up for pre-order. The beloved British Read more

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Halloween Town is a fantasy world filled with citizens such as deformed monsters, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, vampires, werewolves and witches. Jack Skellington ("The Pumpkin King") leads them in organizing the Read more

The Last Thing Mary Saw is coming to Shudder

Following the film's premieres at Fantasia Festival and FrightFest UK this year, Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, is releasing the original film The Read more

The Batman “The Bat and The Cat” TV spot released

It’s not just a call… It’s a warning. From Warner Bros. Pictures comes Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson in the dual role of Gotham City’s vigilante detective and Read more

The Adventures of Maid Marian trailer released

Everyone knows the stories of Robin Hood and Maid Marian; robbing from the rich to give to the poor, daring escapes from the evil Sheriff, sword fights and adventures. They Read more

Terror Films sets launch date for official AVOD channel!

Genre distributor TERROR FILMS, will officially launch their YouTube AVOD channel in 2022 with 2 new releases. The first film out of the gate will be Isaac Rodriguez’s found footage horror Read more

Strawberry Mansion trailer released

Directed By Albert Birney, Strawberry Mansion takes place In a future where the government records dreams and taxes them, but a dream auditor gets caught up in an aging eccentric's Read more

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 promos released

The world’s favorite blue hedgehog is back for a next-level adventure in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2. After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it Read more

Shudder unveils new trailer and poster for The Last Thing Mary Saw

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, unveils the new trailer and new poster art for the upcoming Shudder Original The Last Thing Mary Saw, Read more

Sally Ann Howes passes away aged 91

It is Cult Faction's sad duty to report that Sally Ann Howes passed away Sunday at the age of 91 years old. No further details have been revealed. Howes was Read more

Review: Last Train to Christmas (2021)

Written and directed by Julian Kemp, Last Train to Christmas follows Michael Sheen as the Peter Stringfellow like Tony Towers, an 1980's celebrity nightclub owner who is on a train, Read more

Preview: The Unknown Man of Shandigor (Bluray)

Deaf Crocodile Films is proud to announce the upcoming release, for the first time ever on Blu-ray in the U.S., of Swiss director Jean-Louis Roy’s long-unseen 60s Cold War super-spy Read more

Preview: The Flag of Iron (Bluray)

Another cult classic from The Shaw Brothers Studio, The Flag of Iron is a quintessential Hong Kong tale of rivals, betrayal and family feuds. When the master of the Iron Read more

Preview: The Day The World Ended (Bluray)

THERE IS A FORCE MORE POWERFUL THAN MAN! After the world has been destroyed by nuclear war, an unlikely group of survivors take refuge in a mountain retreat. With tensions Read more

Preview- The Midnight Swim (Collector’s Edition Bluray)

Yellow Veil Pictures is proud to unveil the new cover art and special disc extras for the upcoming re-release of Sarah Adina Smith’s acclaimed debut feature THE MIDNIGHT SWIM. The Read more

Preview- Ghostbusters Ultimate Collection Gift Set (8 Discs – UHD & BD)

From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in Read more

Poster released for Tim Burton’s live action Dumbo

From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Read more

Old Strangers arrives this Tuesday!

This January, something lurks in the dark of the woods. Writer/director Nick Gregorio’s (Happy Birthday Harry Malden, Green) post-pandemic thriller Old Strangers kicks off 2022 with a shiver., Sarah, Michael, and Danny try to rekindle Read more

New Uncharted trailer released

In Uncharted directed by Ruben Fleischer, the race for the greatest treasure is on… if they can survive each other first. Street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by Read more

%d bloggers like this: