By Abi Donoghue- Culture Editor
In celebration of the news that Tim Burton is to switch on the Blackpool lights this year, I thought it was only fitting to honour the king of Gothic with my top 7 Burton films.
7. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Halloween is my favourite time of year, so the combination of Halloween and Christmas in this film instantly makes is my favourite festive film. The use of stop motion animation was the perfect choice for this film and stated up my love for the genre.
6. James and the Giant Peach
This film is the perfect blend of stop motion and live action. An amazingly entertaining interpretation of a Roald Dahl classic, with talking insects and bright musical numbers.
5. Sleepy Hollow
I don’t have too much to say about Sleepy Hollow, other than it’s typically Burton and very easy to watch. Johnny Depps portrayal of Ichabod Crane is adorably naïve and just one of the many fantastic collaborations between Burton and Depp.
4. Edward Scissorhands
A beautifully sad tale. The cinematography Edward Scissorhands will always be a favourite of mine. It’s like every scene was plucked from straight from a storybook.
3. Alice in Wonderland
Burtons interpretation of Alice in Wonderland was delightfully creepy, the more sinister aspect of the tale working really well. With such a start-studded cast, it was hard to go wrong and Alice Through the Looking Glass, the sequel, is highly anticipated!
Corpse Bride was the film that introduced me to Tim Burton. The contrast of the lively land of dead and gloomy land of living was perfectly depicted. And every little detail, from Danny Elfmans beautiful musical score, down to the rotting wedding gown added to the story.
1. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
I remember being very skeptical about this film when it was announced. I wasn’t sure Burton would be able to pull off a full musical. However, I was proven wrong. The casting was perfect, the cinematography was beautiful and it stayed very true to the original show. Certainly one of Burtons biggest successes to date.
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