Sunday, October 01, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day One

It's finally October, my absolute favourite month of the year and this means I can finally decorate my room with all things Halloween, I'm so excited! I've said before on this blog how much I just adore Halloween and something I love to do to count down the days until the 31st is watch a Halloween film every day. So I thought I'd make it into a little series on my blog of all the films I love to watch this time of year!

Halloween films - Coraline

When it comes to Halloween films, I seem to enjoy the light-hearted films so much more than the ones that are rated R because that way I can actually sleep easily at night. However, I will try and include a bit of both in this series to ensure that there is something for everybody. 
Coraline (2009) is the perfect combination of light-hearted but also low-key slightly terrifying too and it's definitely one of my favourites to watch during this time of year. In fact, a few years ago I watched this film every single night during the month of October because I just love it that much. As you can imagine, I pretty much know it word by word by now.

The story follows 11-year-old Coraline Jones as she tries to adjust to her new life in Oregon, after recently moving from Minnesota. She quickly becomes very bored and lonely as her parents have no time to entertain her, so she decides to go exploring, where she discovers a secret passageway. Beyond the passage is a parallel universe of an almost mirrored image of her own life, but here, everything is that little bit more extravagant, all of her dreams come true and for some reason, everyone has buttons for eyes. Will she choose to stay in this perfect new reality forever, or is it too good to be true?

Halloween films - Coraline

I think the reason I love Coraline so much is just how magical the film is. It's so visually beautiful and it's incredible just how much attention to detail that has been put into this stop-motion film, they really have gone above and beyond. It's a feast for your eyes, there's just so much to see and take in and the score that goes alongside this film just completes and compliments it so well. In a world of constant CGI, it's so wonderful to see a film where people have taken the time to work so tirelessly on every single frame and all by hand too. I've watched some of the behind the scenes videos and they're so interesting, especially for someone like me, who is quite new to the world of film and is still learning about how things work and are made. It's incredible just how time-consuming the tiniest portion of this film would take to make. I'll always have so much respect for this film and everyone who worked on it.

I also really love the message behind this film. We've all been through stages in our lives where we think the grass would be greener on the other side. We wish our family and friends were different and our lives were perfect but you should be careful what you wish for because you really don't know what you have until it's gone. And when it is gone, you'd give everything you have to have it all back again.

Halloween films - Coraline

Coraline was directed by 
Henry Selick, which is the same guy that also directed The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and James and the Giant Peach (1996), so I'm definitely a big fan of his work and I'm excited to see what future projects he has in store.

"You probably think this world is a dream come true. But you're wrong."

Halloween films - Coraline

Have you seen Coraline? Did you enjoy it?
Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next film in this series.

Where to watch: 
Google Play
Sky Go

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