Coraline thoroughly proves that kids' movies need not be nothing but sunshine, sassy sidekicks, and princesses. In fact, Coraline's alternate, button-eyed world has gained a reputation as high octane nightmare fuel – even (and perhaps especially) for adults.
The glowing portal that kicks off Coraline's ghoulish festivities lies behind the walls of newly acquired country home. Beyond this cobwebbed crawlspace is a mirror world seemingly perfectly tailored for the titular heroine – and yet full of dark and unpleasant secrets. The images of this shadowy pocket dimension slowly coming apart at the seams are genuinely unnerving.