Neil Gaiman is a man who knows his way around a terrifying tale or two. As the writer behind the superb dark fantasy comic series The Sandman, Stardust and the triply surreal Mirrormask, Gaiman had long perfected the macabre for the mouse musketeer.
Coraline tells the story of a young, inquisitive and intelligent girl who discovers a parallel world through a doorway in her new home. With an overly attentive, caring version of her always-busy parents, and fantastical takes on her traditionally mundane life, she's soon intoxicated with the possibility of spending more and more time over there.
That is, until she meets three ghost children and discovers all is not as it seems. The spectral spooks reveal that the 'Other Mother' sewed buttons in their eyes, trapping them in the parallel world, before eating their bodies and trapping their spirits forevermore.
Behind the sofa or on the psychologist's?
She plucked out their eyes and sewed buttons into the holes. That's a whole heap of Freudian issues right there.