Coraline (2009)

Coraline (2009)


Henry Selick


Henry Selick


Dakota Fanning

Teri Hatcher

John Hodgman


An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.


Coraline reminded me of Into the Spiderverse in that it was visually stunning. I was struck several times by how amazing this movie looked. In the opening scene, it looked real until you saw the dude climbing on the roof. It was beautiful and I loved that aspect of it.

I realize Coraline isn’t technically a Halloween movie but it’s definitely scarier than your average kid’s movie. I was freaked out more than once and while I’d love to watch this with my kids I’m not sure how they’d react. There were people with button eyes. They wanted her to gouge her own eyes out and sew buttons in their place. It was a trip in places.

Poison oak is a vine, not a tree.

Dowsing is a pseudoscience.

I was an annoying little shit while I watched this movie with a friend. Yet, I’m pretty sure she’ll still watch movies with me. Friends are awesome.

I enjoy Neil Gaiman’s works, Good Omens is one of my favorite books and the TV show was amazing. However, I have not read Coraline. After watching this I’m not sure if I will. It could be one of those rare instances where the movie is better than the book. I’ll let you know when I finally get around to it.



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