Every Day Horror Day 5: Coraline

Apr 23, 2019, 4:29 PM EDT (Updated)

It's October 5. Are you still watching horror movies? I hope so, because at Every Day Horror, we watch horror movies... you know... every day. And this time we're bringing the kids with us. Because if there's one thing I know, it's that kids love being scared.

Today, I'm joined by the creator of Folding Ideas, Dan Olson. Dan, like me, has a fascination not just with horror, but with what constitutes horror for kids. We talked for a while about what scared us when we were young, either unintentionally or by design. Then we watched the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline (2009), which may be the most perfect distillation of what children's horror can be.

What is it that makes horror appropriate or inappropriate for kids? What are the most common tropes employed when a scary story is written specifically with children in mind? And how does Coraline specifically perfect and break the mold? Listen to find out!

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