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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Five

Countdown To Halloween / A Halloween Film Everyday / Halloween Film List Corpse Bride

Welcome back to day five of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...


Countdown To Halloween / A Halloween Film Everyday / Halloween Film List Corpse Bride

Time for another childhood favourite. And it's also another stop-motion gem, are you sensing a pattern yet?

The film is set in Victorian England and follows Victor Van Dort (Johnny Depp) and Victoria Everglot (Emily Watson) in the days before their arranged marriage to each other. However, they're both hesitant and when Victor is unable to recite his wedding vows correctly at the rehearsal, he flees to the nearby forest to practice them more. But before he knows it, he finds himself married to Emily, the Corpse Bride, who takes him to the Land of the Dead...

Countdown To Halloween / A Halloween Film Everyday / Halloween Film List Corpse Bride

I feel like Tim Burton and his work is kind of like marmite, you either love it or hate it. Personally, I've always really enjoyed it and although Corpse Bride (2005) isn't his best film, it's still something I always go back to and rewatch this time of year.

Visually it's beautiful and the stop-motion is just fantastic. Like I said in my Coraline post, anyone that attempts and succeeds at a stop-motion film deserves so much recognition because it's such an amazing and tricky thing to be able to do and pull off successfully. One of the things I love the most in film is the use of colour and I loved the way that it was used in this film especially. The Land of the Living is very dingy and dull and features a colour palette of greys, purples and muted greens; whereas the Land of the Dead is vibrant, exciting and...well, oddly full of life. I guess it follows it's gothic themes and romanticises death a lot, making it feel like something you'd happily welcome.
Countdown To Halloween / A Halloween Film Everyday / Halloween Film List Corpse Bride

Just like the Nightmare Before Christmas, it's also a musical and when I heard that the Corpse Bride soundtrack was composed by Danny Elfman, who also did the Nightmare Before Christmas music, I was super excited because I listen to that soundtrack a hell of a lot, but sadly, the songs just fell pretty flat and are not even in the same league as Nightmare Before Christmas. They're okay but very repetitive, not at all memorable and I just don't really feel like they added anything special to the film at all. It almost felt like they hadn't fully committed to the idea of it being a musical with just only three songs, which kind of makes it feel even more pointless, either be a musical or don't. 

Countdown To Halloween / A Halloween Film Everyday / Halloween Film List Corpse Bride

The part I love the most though, is the very end when Emily is finally set free and turns into thousands of butterflies. I think it's such a beautiful, poignant scene and it's probably one of the most thought out parts of the whole plot. Overall, its gothic themes make it a great Halloween watch and I'll definitely watch this some point this month.

Countdown To Halloween / A Halloween Film Everyday / Halloween Film List Corpse Bride


“I've spent so long in the darkness, I'd almost forgotten how beautiful the moonlight is.”
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