VIDEO: Coraline vs. Coraline

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As a Friday Night Fright Flicks special, here’s an episode of Blood Spattered Adaptations starring the Horror Guru! In this installment, the Guru compares Neil Gaiman’s horror fantasy novella Coraline to the big screen adaptation directed by Henry Selick. Both tell the tale of a young girl who finds a secret door and crosses over into an alternate, unsettling reality, but which does the Guru prefer? The answer may surprise you! Featuring a special voice over by Trilbee!

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  • Sofie Liv

    this should surprise no one.. I bloody LOVE Neil Gaiman! I love him so much, his genre in books, the gothic dark fairytale, is my genre! it’s just the best there is if you ask me, I love it so much.

    And yeah, both this book and this movie, love them! I personally can’t decide which one I like more, if I should point to a flaw in a movie it is that the time spend on set-up is so damn good that there was no way the pay-off were ever going to life compleately up to that, the strongest point of the movie is definetely the seduction scenes of the other world.
    But then again as you pointed out, that just means the movie were actually better at those scenes than the book, so oh well.

    Great video, I enjoyed this greately! 

    • Yay! Glad you liked it! =) 

    • My 10 year old niece absolutely loves both, in fact I think it’s her absolute favorite book and film right now.
      She saw the film first (my bad for exposing her to nightmares for a week probably) , but she liked the book when I read it to her as well, and as a side bonus now knows the name ‘Neil Gaiman’. 

      Me, I probably prefer the film, and that’s all to do with the wonderful visuals I think. That world is so creepily fantastical.

  • Muthsarah

    I feel like I missed something special with Gaiman, since I didn’t even hear about him until this movie came out.  But it seems like everyone with good taste likes his work.  Did you grow up with his stuff?  Is any of his other stuff even close to kid-orientated, or is Coraline a huge exception?  I feel like there’s a gaping Gaiman-shaped hole in my artistic upbringing, but I don’t know if it’s in my childhood or adolescence.  Either way, I should probably check him out, I guess.

    I liked the movie a lot; I was especially pleased at how I couldn’t see most of the plot coming, even though I was expecting something scary (in a kids’ way), like Dahl.  But this just went SOOOOOO much further than I was expecting.  And it seems the movie improves on the book in every category, which is another rarity.  Is there any one other thing he’s done that you would most highly recommend to a newcomer, something I could discover fresh?

    This was a fun review, I haven’t seen one of your solo works until now either.  Fantastic choice of subjects.  Based on your descriptions of the books, I suspect I’d prefer the movie as well, but I’m hopelessly biased towards the audio/visual medium anyway.

    Obvious question:  Coraline or Paranorman?  I’d pick Coraline.

    • Sofie Liv

      Neil Gaiman has written things both directed at adults and kids, what all his work seems to have in common though is that mystical, and some-times quitt off putting, gothic fairy-tale feel… and that it’s clever enough to be able to be enjoyed by all ages, his kids stuff can absolutely be read by adults, it’s very enjoyable stuff with always dark under tones present.

      He has also done quite a bit of television work, most noticable he was one of the main writers on Babylon five and wrote several episodes of it, also wrote he the doctor who episode “The Doctors wife.” which absolutely smells Neil Gaiman all over the place, from the story type, to look to how the new characters doesn’t have names but are marely called. “Aunty.” “Uncle” and the ood. “Nephew.”

      Also did he write the book “stadust.” which that movie, yeah, is based on… the book is better.

      If you want to check him out I highly recommend the graphic novel collection called “The Sandman.” which is some of his more adult orianted gothich horror fairytale stuff.

      It’s a beautiful and fascinating graphic novel, with very dark underlying tones, using several skilled artists to bring the story to life, and of cause, Neil Gaimans brilliant writing.

    • There are very few Gaiman works I wouldn’t recommend to newcomers.  But if you’re looking for something kid-oriented, more in line with Coraline then I highly recommend The Graveyard Book which is actually being turned into a movie by the same team that did Coraline. =)

      As for other works I highly recommend: It goes without question that I recommend American Gods, my favorite of his novels and if you’re looking to get into his comic book work then you should start with what put him on the map: Sandman.

      Coraline vs Paranorman?  Ohhh, tough choice. I may be a bit biased towards Paranorman because it caters to my upbringing but in the end I don’t think I could choose one over the other. =)

    • For me I started with Sandman in my early teens and worked from there.

      I think The Graveyard Book’s the next step for fans of this. I think it’s a little darker than the novel Coraline is (set in a graveyard afterall) but I still like it a lot. 

      I think Dahl works like The Witches, Matilda (seems a direct influence) and The BFG are very similar to both the book and film. Though Dahl never really dealt with realistic depictions of childhood struggles the way Gaiman does here.