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Geeks We Love: Tim Burton's Geekiest Films

May 11 2012 - 3:16am

Specializing in all things geek — including science experiments gone awry, dystopias, and alien attacks — Tim Burton's morose imagination and kooky humor keeps his fans coming back for more. Opening today is his latest venture, Dark Shadows. The flick is a reboot of the '60s-era TV show, starring Tim's muse Johnny Depp [1] as a vampire who ends up in the disco era with his dysfunctional descendants. To celebrate his quirkiest creations, we've rounded up geek favorites from Tim's 17 years of film-making.

Photos Courtesy of Warner Bros. [2], 20th Century Fox [3], and Walt Disney Studios [4]

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)

As a kid, nothing was cooler than watching Pee-Wee make breakfast with his ridiculous Rube Goldberg machine that releases a chain of reactions to perform a simple task like cracking an egg. Pee-Wee is the epitome of why we should never lose our childlike wonder and imagination. You can be an adult and have a glorious house full of toys and gadgets.

Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. [5]

Beetlejuice (1988)

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! This iconic film marks the first of a series of Tim Burton's goth-styled films.

Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. [6]

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Gothic castle: check. Inventor with a Frankenstein complex: check. Unfinished half man, half machine: check. Edward Scissorhands has all of the fantastical features that make Tim Burton's films so deliciously dark.

Photo Courtesy of 20th Century Fox [7]

Batman (1989)

With Jack Nicholson [8] as the Joker, Tim Burton's Batman is as thrilling as it is psychologically frightening.

Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. [9]

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Arguably the best stop-motion film, Nightmare saw Disney stray away from its princess fairy tales to create the melancholy cult classic loved by kids and adults alike. Beyond the stunning claymation, the writing is superb. The music by Oingo Boingo lead singer Danny Elfman even nods to Hamlet when Jack sings, "And since I am dead, I can take off my head, to recite Shakespearean quotations."

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios [10]

Mars Attacks! (1996)

Tim Burton directed this stylized sci-fi B-movie, complete with hilariously bad special effects. Who can forget Sarah Jessica Parker [11]'s head transplanted to a Chihuahua's body?

Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. [12]

Planet of the Apes (2001)

There's nothing better than dystopian sci-fi — especially when the natural order of things is reversed, like this 21st century remake of the classic apes-dominate-the-world film.

Photo Courtesy of 20th Century Fox [13]

Dark Shadows (2012)

Tim Burton finally jumps on the vampire bandwagon with his film version of the old TV show about a clueless vampire from the 1700s trying to fit in the psychedelic '70s.

Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. [14]

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