Musical Monday: The Nightmare Before Christmas - This Is Halloween (#38).

[Every Monday, I'm going to be counting down my 52 favorite musical numbers from musical movies and TV shows. I might not like the full movie/show, but the number makes the list for various reasons: 1) I have to like the song, 2) the visual of how the number is performed is most likely unique or fun, 3) both song and visual mixes well to create an exciting or powerful number. So let's get to the next on the list.]

I know this movie is quite overrated and is basically the epitome of the Hot Topic generation, but there is a reason people enjoy it: it's well made and the songs are catchy. This particular song is the opening number (I have a lot of those, don't I?), and it accomplishes quite a bit in its 4 minutes. It sets up the world, it sets up the mood, it shows us exactly what kind of thing we're to expect with this film, and it introduces us to almost every character in the film. That's quite a feat, and it does it well. So... This Is Halloween.

Also, Marilyn Manson did a really cool cover of the song, even doing some different voices for different characters. This video is his version set to the opening bit of the film (and it all fits):

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