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The Head of Many Nails

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After seeing the trailer for “Coraline,” I was certainly intrigued. Artistically it was stunning, and the story seemed right out of “The Twilight Zone” or “The Outer Limits.” Finding yourself in a situation that seems too good to be true, only to learn that something sinister is calling the shots is Standard Creepy Horror Plot 11A. The more I thought about it, I wondered if it was too dark a premise for the kids that the movie was obviously marketing too.

The Nightmare Before Christmas” had a lot of dark and monstrous imagery, but the story was pretty tame (until the end when Oogie Boogie tries to murder everyone by gambling them to death). “Coraline,” on the other hand seems to have darker themes of evil doppelgangersand giving yourself over to evil in exchange for pleasure… that’s pretty wicked shit right there. This is why I was pleasantly surprised to hear that kids are interpreting “Coraline” as more of an action/adventure story while adults are picking up on the darkness and horror aspects. I guess kids aren’t yet ruined enough by harsh, real life experiences to see the things we adults consider to be staring us in the face. If “Coraline” manages to work on two levels and satisfy both age groups for entirely different reasons, then it must be a fantastic film. I’ll be checking it out on my next baby-less night out (they are few and far between).

Regarding the 3D aspect, I’ve heard from reputable sources that 3D is the ONLY way to view “Coraline.” Unlike the rereleased “Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D” that was actually “Nightmare of Glasses that Give you a Headache and the Movie Isnt really in 3D because it Wasn’t Shot That Way,” this film was actually intended to have a robust 3D experience from the get go.

Have you seen it? Were you a fan of the book? Share your opinion on “Coraline” in the comments.