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Spooky Season Suggestions: Coraline

ByMaria Farsoon

Oct 12, 2023
A Coraline ticket stub

Scare-o-meter: 4/5

When discussing spooky season classics, Henry Selick’s Coraline is a must-watch. Adapted from a children’s novel by Neil Gaiman, the horror of the film may seem unexpected; however, it carries a sinister energy that lurks behind every frame, every word uttered, and every lingering silence. In place of gore, Selick locates fear in the specific phobias (for those of you who break out in a cold sweat at the thought of a spider, this isn’t the film for you) but also in the universal; Coraline is alienated from her community, and then betrayed by those closest to her.

The Coraline’s visuals prove another source of terror.  Faces and bodies are constantly contorted, shifting shapes and colours; buttoned eyes are no longer reminiscent of innocent teddy bears; and inanimate objects are uncannily brought to life.

More horror lies in the hauntingly simple uses of sound, like when the steady tapping of a button eye transitions into that of a dripping tap. Sounds – like the rest of the film’s elements – are continuous, lingering on by living ominously through more than one object, just as Coraline’s parents do.

Day 123/365 – Coraline in 3D” by Kevin H. is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.