Coraline ★★★★

I had never seen this before (though my kids are sure I had) and basically only know Gaiman through his reputation and one comic book series I've read.

I found this extremely well-done and completely horrifying. On one level, you're supposed to spooked by a mysterious door and glowing bugs and a witch with razor fingers and a creepy well. Those aren't scary at all - they're a distraction. The real horror here is way deeper - how your desire to live literally any other life than yours is powerful and dangerous. How your neglect of your children is driving them to seek connection literally anywhere else, and how that becomes its own prison. Waking from your dreams you might find that the people who are supposed to take care of you are not there and haven't been for weeks.

Everything turns out OK in the end but this really shook me.