Danny Elfman has spoken… (Pictures: Rex)

Tim Burton’s seminal classic The Nightmare Before Christmas is widely accepted as essential viewing once the weather starts to turn colder.

The spookily endearing story centres around a skeleton called Jack from Halloween Town who discovers Christmas and tries to take over the holiday.

As such, the line between whether or not it’s a Christmas or a Halloween movie is blurry.

Now, at long last, and just in time for Halloween, Academy Award-nominated composer Danny Elfman provided the answer…

Is the Nightmare Before Christmas actually a Halloween movie?

Elfman – who wrote the music and lyrics for the film as well as provided Jack’s singing voice – has said that, to him, The Nightmare Before Christmas is in fact a Halloween film.

The composer told USA Today: ‘It’s obviously about Christmas, but for me, it’s a Halloween movie.’

Tim Burton and Danny Elfman in 2010 (Picture: Jon Furniss/WireImage)

He added: ‘Growing up, Halloween was my favorite [sic] night of the year and Christmas was a troublesome time.

‘Into my adult years, it was a time where a bit of a dark cloud would follow me around – probably carrying over from my childhood until I had my own kids – and then I developed a new, brighter view of Christmas.

‘I also felt very close to Jack Skellington’s plight because I knew what it was like to be the king of my own little world, and to want out of that world and want something else. So I felt very close to the holiday of Halloween, but also very close to Jack and what he was going through.’

So there you have it.

If Elfman, who was instrumental in the film’s success – what with having such prominent roles in the making of it – says it’s a Halloween film, then we are in no position to argue.

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