Saturday, May 11, 2013

May Monster Madness: Day 1


The Other Mother in Coraline

Welcome to Day 1 of May Monster Madness, a sinisterly spooky scheme spawned by Annie Walls and nefariously nurtured with the help of her diabolical deputies (Ked, of Something Wicked This Way Comes, and me). For the next seven days, around 50 blogs will be participating in a little monstrous mayhem and macabre merrymaking. Just click on the links provided with each post to make your way around to all the other fiends in this frightening festival. So without further ado (and before I get myself into trouble for any more shameless abuse of alliteration), let's begin:

On each day of May Monster Madness, I will feature a "monster" from some of my favourite movies, finishing with a little surprise on Day 7. My first monster is the Other Mother from the movie Coraline (2009).

When Coraline Jones feels neglected by her busy parents, her "Other Mother", from a button-eyed, parallel world, seems like a dream come true. Coraline learns one must be careful what one wishes for, however, as the Other Mother's true nature begins to emerge.




40 comments:

  1. I loved Coraline! Of course, I tend to love anything that comes from the mind of Neil Gaiman.

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    1. Hi L.G.,

      Right there with you! Neil Gaiman is brilliant!! :)

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  2. The Other Mother in Coraline is so creepy! Even when she is the perfect host, there is something sinister about her that I was willing Coraline to see. Those buttons for eyes give all the characters in the 'other world' a separateness that inspires shivers.

    Great monster pick! :)

    Sophie's Thoughs & Fumbles

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    1. Hi Sophie,

      Yes, the button eyes are such a genius concept. So simple, yet so disturbing. I think, from the very beginning, Coraline probably does have an inkling that all is not right in the Other World, but she so desperately wants to be charmed by it that she pushes aside any doubts. :)

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  3. I LOVE Neil! I am so ashamed to say I am yet to see Coraline... Naughty Ben! Thanks for hosting and the great hop. here's my MMM at Design du Jour.

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    1. Hi Ben,

      Naughty indeed! Haha. I hope you get a chance to see 'Coraline'. Thanks for signing on for MMM. The more, the merrier the mayhem! ;)

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  4. Neil Gaiman has such a magic to transmit the awesomely creepy, both in print and film. The other mother is fantastic!

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    1. Hi Magaly,

      Yes, Neil Gaiman is brilliant! I hope that 'The Graveyard Book' is eventually turned into a movie. I love that novel!

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  5. I love a bit of shameless abuse of alliteration!
    I haven't seen this movie yet either *hides from the Neil Gaiman fan club before they can throw rocks at me* ;) but I can tell you I will rectify this atrocity soon!
    Thanks for hosting!
    Here's my MMM'S Carmen Jenner Author! and Book Me!
    Happy Hopping! =D

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    1. Haha. Thank you, Carmen! I'm an alliteration addict, I'm afraid! Hope you get a chance to see 'Coraline' soon!

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  6. The Other Mother is a creeptastic feature for MMM. :)

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    1. Thanks, Candilynn! I love 'Coraline' and the Other Mother is such a delightfully creepy villain! :)

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  7. I love it when Horror movies use the "Be careful what you wish for..." premise. I'm a firm believer in that -- nothing is ever what you expect it to be.
    Great post! :-)

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    1. Hi Lexa,

      Thank you! :) Yes, I think deep inside, Coraline knows the Other World is too good to be true, but she's in denial. I think it's hard for all of us to accept that even the attainment of our ultimate dreams will never make everything completely perfect.

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  8. Wooha, that's one helluva creepy Mom! Makes me wanna see Coraline more and more :)

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    1. Hi Maynard,

      Haha. Yes, she's one creepy mama! Probably too scary for a lot of children actually.

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  9. I love how they portrayed her in the movie, it was strikingly similar to what I imagined her to look like when I read the book.

    That doll is still on my wishlist ;)

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    1. Hi Laury,

      Yes, I love the way she's portrayed in the movie too. There's an underlying tension, even when she's being nice, as though it takes a lot of effort for her to maintain her sweet facade.

      Hope you eventually get the dolly. I love mine! :)

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  10. Those button eyes freaked me out!

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    1. Hi Ms Misantropia,

      Haha. I love those freaky button eyes!

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  11. Coraline really creeped me out for something kid-like.

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    1. Hi Dani,

      Yeah, I'd imagine it would be too scary for many children.

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  12. That' one creepy mum. Loved the movie.

    Shah X

    shahwharton.com

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  13. I've found the button-eyed version as creepy as the monster version is friggin scary! :-)
    Some Dark Romantic

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    1. Hi Mina Lobo,

      Yes, I think it's something about the eyes being the windows to the soul. Replacing them with buttons is soulless and disturbing.... in the best possible way, of course! ;)

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  14. I thought she was creepy from the get-go, even when playing nice. Those button eyes didn't fool me for a second!

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    1. Hi Beverly,

      Yes, no matter how well the Other Mother performs her role as the perfect mom, those button eyes are always a distraction.

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  15. Very cleaver, especially around Mother's day! She was actually one of my favorite characters in the movie! She was so creepy with her button eyes! Never trust anyone with button eyes though I never came across anyone eyes like that...duh. ;\

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    1. Hi Zena,

      Haha. Thanks! Even Other Mothers need a little love on Mother's Day! ;)

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  16. I love that movie! The Other Mother is a great character. I've watched Coraline with my daughters more times than I can count!

    Toni @ My Book Addiction

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    1. Hi Toni,

      Yes, I love it more each time I watch it! My husband and son thoroughly enjoy it too.

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  17. Oh yes, now she was totally creepy; it's such a great film. The buttons just completely freak me out every time.

    Tasha's Thinkings

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    1. Hi Natasha,

      Yes, the buttons really set the creepy tone for the whole movie! :)

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  18. Great choice.

    She's so creepy!

    I adore Coraline and anything Gaimanesque.

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne! Yes, Neil Gaiman is completely brilliant! :)

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  19. Coraline is a great film, and Other Mother one of the creepiest villains in many years. This was a sweet start to the Blog Hop.

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