The Nightmare Before Christmas

A Tim Burton Trio at HOME

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

Like Roald Dahl before him, Tim Burton is one of those storytellers who understands that children require a little bit of darkness in their fiction. He’s made a career out of twisting familiar fables; bringing his gothic sensibility to bear on musicals, superheroes and beloved storybooks. With films ranging from tiny cinematic love-letters like the terrific Ed Wood, to box-office behemoths like his production of Alice in Wonderland, he’s always kept his sympathetic eye firmly fixed on the misfits, outcasts and interlopers of the world. This December, HOME pay tribute to one of Hollywood’s most darkly idiosyncratic directors with a trio of his most Christmas-y films.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Edward Scissorhands

    Edward Scissorhands

    Edward Scissorhands at HOME Manchester, Manchester, 8 December 2017, from £5.00 - Book now

    Frequent collaborator Johnny Depp stars in this popular spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

  • 2. The Nightmare Before Christmas

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    The Nightmare Before Christmas at HOME Manchester, Manchester, 9–13 December 2017, from £5.00 - Book now

    Tim Burton’s mash-up Halloween/Christmas musical is so good that HOME are screening it twice this December.

  • 3. Batman Returns

    Batman Returns

    Batman Returns at HOME Manchester, Manchester, 18 December 2017, from £5.00 - Book now

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton star in Tim Burton’s typically idiosyncratic comic book movie.

Things to do right now

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Exhibitions 17 August–23 September 2017, FREE

On-Going at SLOE Gallery

Sports 20–23 September 2017, from £10:00 - 15.00

We’re Not Really Here – A Football Opera at Contact

Theatre 6–23 September 2017, from £13.00

Rita, Sue and Bob Too at Octagon Theatre

Festivals 14–24 September 2017, FREE

Arts Trail at Hidden Altrincham 2017

Exhibitions 21–24 September 2017, from £9.75

Abandon Normal Devices 2017, Castleton

Festivals 8–24 September 2017, FREE

New Mills Festival 2017

Festivals 8–24 September 2017, FREE

New Mills Festival Art Trail

Cinema 20 August–24 September 2017, from £5.00

Musical Sundays at FACT

Families 28 April–27 September 2017, from £5.00

The Sleep Walk at Little Moreton Hall