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Even though Halloween has passed, enjoying a spooky movie is still a great option to turn a boring night into a fun get together with friends. I can’t choose your friends but I can suggest the movie, even though it was produced for children, the horror movie “Coraline” will certainly give you the chills.

 

This stop motion animation directed by Henry Selik in 2009, follows a girl named Coraline and her life of misery with parents who won’t pay any attention to her. In her family’s new apartment she finds a mysterious door that opens into a life of fantasy. In this world, her new parents’ lives revolve around Coraline and they show immense happiness towards Coraline with her “Other Mother” making any food she wants, and her “Other Father” playing the piano for her. However, everyone in this alternate reality has buttons for eyes and eventually Coraline’s “Other Mother” asks for her to stay forever by sewing buttons in place of her eyes, ending the fantasy of this world  for Coraline. 

 

Her “Other Mother” captures Coraline’s real parents and she has to find and rescue them. Luckily she finds and rescues her them, thus escaping from her “Other Mother” and learns to appreciate her real parents even though they’re not perfect. 

 

Henry Selik also directed a very similar movie “Nightmare before Christmas” however it was produced and conceived by Tim Burton. Henry Selik and Tim Burton paired up on many movies with this style of animation. Selik successfully gave the viewers that same erie feeling that differs from the modern approach of horror movies. Most movies include chainsaws and blood as a main part of the movie and directors capitalize on viewers’ fear of death. However in “Coraline”, Selik does not rely on this overused technique.   The movie is rated PG but will still frighten viewers more than most horror movies. He always has it raining outside and cleverly never uses standout bright colors, but mostly grey and darker tones. The apartment Coraline lives in is bright pink on the outside seeming to be a happy place, but the inside is bland and depressing. This symbolizes how most things seem good from the outside but once you look inside it’s usually not as good as it appears, much like Coraline’s situation with her “Other Family”. One flaw with the movie that I found was how predictable the story line is, especially the ending. It follows the same outline as most movies, so maybe having an

 

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