Tim Burton's scary family movies

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Director Tim Burton remakes his own 1984 short film with this black & white 3D stop-motion animated sci-fi flick, a parody of and a homage to the 1931 Frankenstein movie. After the death of his beloved dog Sparky, a young boy named Victor uses the power of science to bring him back to life. He tries to hide the creation, but Sparky is able to get out and unintentionally causes havoc in the town.
October 7th, 2012

Tim Burton thinks it is fine to make his family movies scary - because he wasn't easily frightened as a child.

The acclaimed director - whose latest animated adventure 'Frankenweenie' has some frightening scenes - insisted watching ''monster'' films when he was young never harmed him.

He said: ''I grew up on horror. I loved monster movies, films they don't show on television nowadays. It never bothered me. I was three, four, five years old watching these movies.''

However, Tim - who has children Billy, eight, and Nell, four, with partner Helena Bonham Carter - admits he is sometimes shocked by the content of children's stories when he reads with his kids.

He added to Time Out magazine: ''I've always felt kids are their own best barometer of what they can take. My little girl is four and when we read fairytales, even I'm a bit shocked.

''Fairytales are pretty hardcore, but they're also a way of kids exploring things like death without it being too traumatic. What fascinates me more is that parents forget all that.''