This is NOT Halloween, but that hasn’t stopped one company sailing to glory with a Nightmare Before Christmas booze cruise. While the debate still rages on whether The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween or Christmas movie, there’s no escaping the fact that Henry Sellick’s 1993 stop-motion marvel is a classic for the ages.
If you want to celebrate all things Jack Skellington, now you can with a Nightmare Before Christmas ‘brews cruise’ courtesy of Rock Star Beer Festivals. Leaving from Portland, Oregon, on November 23, tickets cost $42.84 and include plenty of frights and fun.
Those who board this nightmarish adventure will be greeted by live music from the Skeleton Sisters and witness DJ Oog Claus on the decks. As you dance the night away into the witching hour, you can knock back “winter, pumpkin, and holiday ales”. There are also Christmas-themed cocktails and winter comfort food. As the promo video shows, there’s a giant block of ice made to look like the Pumpkin King himself.
If you miss out on the cruise, fear not. Rock Star is combining our love of booze and ‘boos’ with The Nightmare Before Beerfest in Indianapolis, Louisville, San Diego, Las Vegas, Long Beach, and Houston.
Unfortunately, a booze cruise is about as close as we’re going to get to a Nightmare Before Christmas continuation. That being said, there were talks earlier this year that the House of Mouse could once again ‘resurrect’ the franchise.
According to Moviehole, Disney wants to return to the long-dead franchise in some form. The site reports a claim that Disney wants to “do something with “Nightmare Before Christmas” – probably a sequel but live-action possible.”
It would be great to see Chris Sarandon and Catherine O’Hara back in their roles, but let’s remember that William Hickey (Doctor Finkelstein) and Glen Shadix (the Mayor) have tragically passed since the first movie. However, as the likes of the ongoing Toy Story movies have shown us, it’s a lot easier to recast voice actors than live-action ones.
The big question is whether Tim Burton would be back on board? Despite being stylised as Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, the Beetlejuice director only wrote the original poem the movie is based on and served as a producer. Disney has been thinking about a Nightmare sequel as far back as 2001, but Burton convinced the studio to drop the idea.
In 2006, Burton told MTV News how he wants to protect the 1993 original from a continuation or remake. He explained, “It’s not a mass-market kind of thing, it was important to kind of keep that purity of it. I try to respect people and keep the purity of the project as much as possible.”
Thankfully, the likes of Rock Star’s cruise proves that fandom is still alive and well — even outside the realms of Halloween Town.
[Featured Image: Disney]