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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – Episode 32 – Decades of Horror 1990s And Beyond

“EUREKA! This year, Christmas will be OURS!” Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon/Danny Elfman) makes his proclamation to the citizens of Halloweentown. The holiday he just discovered will be his to mold and reshape into something spooky. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a holiday classic for every horror fan. Director Tim Bur-er, I mean Henry Selick gives this stop-motion world a chance to breathe and live for the limited run time. It was a movie Disney didn’t believe in upon initial release, yet it’s become a massive merchandising bonanza. How? Well, Decades of Horror 1990s and Beyond is gonna do the best it can to explain that.

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Episode 32 – The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Nightmare Before Christmas – based on the poem written by Tim Burton during his days as a Disney animator – follows Jack, The Pumpkin King. Leader of Halloweentown and the symbol all others judge themselves against, Jack feels empty inside. The annual Halloween celebration has turned him into a depressed skeleton man who wanders into the alternate world of Christmas Town. Inspired by the unique holiday qualities, Jack decides to take Santa’s place for Christmas. All while the patchwork girl Sally (Catherine O’Hara) tries to stop him. It’s all done in a musical stop-motion animation style so gorgeous it got the film a Best Special Effects Oscar nomination.

All this is discussed 24 audio frames at a time by Thomas Mariani and his guests Christopher G. Moore, Caitlin Turner and Scott Johnson. All are here to discuss Nightmare Before Christmas as a highly influential watermark for animation in general. Henry Selick’s visuals would bring us the films of LAIKA. Pixar is credited for the computer effects. Tim Burton has ripped this off with Corpse Bride. There’s also plenty of big questions asked. Is this a Halloween or Christmas movie? What is the relationship between Sally and Dr. Finkelstein (William Hickey)? Would Hot Topic survive without Nightmare Before Christmas? Listen to find out!

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Horror News Radio Episode 61 – Maleficent

Maleficent (2014), starring Angelina Jolie and Sharlto Copley, cast its Disney shadow over the weekend box-office scoring a huge hit and the larger opening for the beautiful and talented Jolie. Taking a look at the classic Sleeping Beauty from the eyes of its antagonist, the Fairy Queen Maleficent, the film examines what is at the heart of the villain.

Dave ramps up the news of the week with Summer of Fear, Friday the 13th and more Ant-Man while Santos continues with HNR’s newest segment of the show, Stump the Saint, featuring horror trivia questions provided by you, the Horror News Radio listener!

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week!  Be on the lookout for the HNR crew at the Bizarre AC horror convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey June 13-15, 2014 and MonsterCon toy and comic convention in Greenville, South Carolina July 18-20, 2014.


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Episode 61 – Maleficent
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Maleficent (2014)
The grue-crew drag Dave kicking and screaming (or rather snoring, ha!) into watching the latest high profile live-action fantasy offering from the Disney powerhouse, Maleficent. Angelina Jolie scores big with her incredible performance as the title character. But the entire crew is hard pressed to praise much else, except maybe the cinematography and effects work.

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Horror News of the Week for 06/02/2014
Dave Dreher  shares the Horror News of the Week beginning with news of Blumhouse locking in three future dates for a mysterious trilogy of films, perhaps co-chaired by Universal Studios. Let the speculation begin. Scream Factory is launching a Summer of Fear celebration this season with a trio of films broadcast online. Rumor mills are buzzing about Edgar Wright moving off of Ant-Man and onto the remake of Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Yeah. Right. Mr. Mercedes has the right stuff with a gaggle of familiar faces from previous Stephen King’s work weighing in. The Friday the 13th re-remake gets pushed back to November 13th, 2015.

Stump the Saint for 06/02/2014
Santos Ellin Jr. is a horror historian, leading the country in horror trivia on the Quiz Up online game. He steps up to challenge you, the HNR listener to stump with trivia. Thus, Stump the Saint is born. The segment continues with three challenging questions from Adam Thomas, Joaquin Espino and Floor Hockey Josh From Canada. Now it is  your turn, go to http://horrornewsradio.com/trivia to submit your question to Stump the Saint.

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