Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
Since his previous stop-motion adventure The Nightmare Before Christmas left female Hot Topic shoppers perpetually wet for the better part of a decade, it made sense that Tim Burton would eventually return to that well someday. Corpse Bride is assembled with similar care, with the added benefit of advances in technology lending it a more fluid look. The songs by frequent Burton collaborator Danny Elfman are largely forgettable this time, but then again Corpse Bride is less of an overt musical than Nightmare, with the small handful of tunes used primarily as vessels for delivering exposition. The story is packed with little horror references, and the colorful characters that populate the land of the dead are funny and creative. It’s an entertaining and clever little flick, and while it will never get out from under Nightmare‘s shadow, it’s probably my favorite of the two. 4/5
- Have a drink (21 & over please!) every time a character loses a body part. Finish your drink when the prick unwittingly chugs the poison.