The Nightmare Before Christmas script
Synopsis: The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the "real world." When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life -- he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.

PUMPKIN PATCH CHORUS

This is Halloween, this is Halloween!

Pumpkins scream in the dead of night --

This is Halloween, everybody make a scene

Trick or treat 'til the neighbors gonna die of fright!

EXT. HALLOWEEN TOWN. NIGHT/CONTINUOUS TIME.

Beyond the graveyard lies the little city of odd expressionist

angles and the morbid extravaganza of Gothic manses.

PUMPKIN PATCH CHORUS (V.O.) (CONT'D)

It's our town. Everybody scream.

In this town of Halloween...

We swoop down the street, through the creaky iron gate of a...

EXT. DESERTED GOTHIC MANSE. NIGHT/CONTINUOUS TIME.

We enter THROUGH A BROKEN, COBWEB-CLOGGED WINDOW into...

INT. DESERTED GOTHIC MANSE. NIGHT/CONTINUOUS TIME.

Many CREATURES hide in the shadows of this creepy house. The

camera finds them...

CREATURE #1

I am the one hiding under your bed,

Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red.

CREATURE #2

I am the one hiding under your stairs

Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair.

IN THE MANSE'S DECAYED PARLOR,

every item of furniture that could conceivably serve as a coffin

springs open -- the grandfather clock, the window seat, the sofa,

the chaise longe, the hearth rug (covering a trap door), the

drawers of a sideboard and out pop

CORPSES.

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Caroline Thompson

Caroline Thompson (born April 23, 1956) is an American novelist, screenwriter, film director, and producer. She wrote the screenplays for Tim Burton's films Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Corpse Bride. She co-wrote the story for Edward Scissorhands and recently co-adapted a new stage version of the film with director and choreographer Matthew Bourne. Thompson also adapted the screenplay for the film version of Wicked Lovely, a bestselling fantasy series, in 2011, but the production was put into turnaround. more…

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