The Hidden Meaning of the Movie “Coraline”


Coraline is a popular stop-motion movie released in 2009. While the film appears to be aimed at young people, Coraline’s imagery tells a hidden story: The programming of a mind control slave at the hands of a sadistic handler. We’ll look at the hidden meaning of the movie Coraline.


Warning: Gigantic spoilers ahead!

Coraline was the first animated movie released by Focus Pictures, the same company that later released 9, another animated movie with a dark underlying meaning (read the article about it here). However, unlike 9, Coraline received rave reviews and almost universal praise for its story and visuals. Part of the movie’s appeal is its simple, child-friendly premise interlaced with twisted imagery and psychological depth. And, for those who know about Mind Control symbolism, the movie goes even deeper: It symbolically depicts the process of programming of a mind control slave at the hands of a manipulative handler (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, read the article Origins and Techniques of Monarch Mind Control).

In fact, the very first scene of the movie is basically a “Mind Control 101” summation of the entire process. It shows a pair of creepy metallic hands transforming an old doll into a new one. If one examines this scene closely, “with eyes to see”, it symbolically (and creepily) depicts how MK slaves are taken, traumatized, and programmed by a handler–represented throughout the movie by a metallic hand.

A creepy hand (the symbol that will represent the handler throghout the movie) about to get to work on this doll (representing an MK slave).

The creepy hands of an unseen creep are about to get to work on this doll (which represents an MK slave).

Its clothes are removed...

Its clothes are removed using scissors (a reference to abuse?)

Hair ripped out (a form of trauma-inducing torture?)

Hair ripped out from its head (a form of trauma-inducing torture?)

Eyes ripped out (the main way of portraying a slave).

Eyes ripped out. As you might know by reading Vigilant Citizen, the removal of eyes is the main symbol representing MK programming.

The insides forcibly removed (representing the slave's core persona?)

The insides are forcibly removed (representing the removal of the slave’s core persona?)

It is then refilled by the handler and made to look like Coraline. The creation of the alter persona is symbolically complete.

The doll is then refilled by the handler and made to look like Coraline. The creation of the alter persona is symbolically complete.

The first scene of the movie sums up what will happen during the entire movie: The programming of a young girl by a sadistic handler. Before going into the details of the movie, let’s look at its general premise.

The Premise

Coraline is a little girl who moved into a new house with her parents. She is constantly bored and unhappy and her parents do not give her the attention she wants. While exploring her new house, Coraline finds a small door that leads to an alternate version of her reality where her parents are fun and attentive and where everything is magical and wonderful. In this sense, the premise of Coraline is similar to stories such as The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and Labyrinth. All of these movies, including Coraline, follow the same basic blueprint: 1) The protagonist is a young girl that is curious, fearless, resourceful, and not afraid to speak her mind; 2) She is bored with her life and wishes for fun and adventure; 3) She magically enters a world that is strange, but wonderful; and 4) She gets “hooked” into the alternate world and doesn’t want to go back to reality.

For this reason, these story are used as programming tools in actual Mind Control sessions. These storylines encourage slaves who are being tortured to escape the trauma by dissociating from reality and entering an alternate reality (programmed by the handler). By doing so, the brain “disconnects” from the body and the sensation of pain disappears. While watching The Wizard of Oz, slaves are told to “go over the rainbow” and while watching Alice in Wonderland, they must “walk through the looking glass”. Coraline follows a similar script as the protagonist goes through a small door to access the “wonderful” alternate reality. This world is everything Coraline wishes for, but there is one small hiccup: It is fake, created by a sadistic handler to manipulate her. Let’s look at the movie’s protagonist.


Coraline is voiced by Dakota Fanning, a child star (she was about 15 years old when working on Coraline) who has appeared in other MK-themed movies (see my article on Hide and Seek). The character appears to have a “magical” side. At the beginning of the movie she is shown practicing the ancient occult activity of dowsing or “water witching”.
Coraline looking for a secret well using her dowsing rod.

Coraline looking for a secret well using her dowsing rod. Because of this, her friend Wybie will call her a “water witch”.

  A water witch or dowser, redrawn from a sixteenth-century woodcut.

A water witch or dowser, redrawn from a sixteenth-century woodcut.

Later in the movie, Coraline’s father calls her a “twichy, witchy girl” while singing to her. Throughout the movie, magical, supernatural things happen around her. However, we later discover that these things are traps meant to lead Coraline to her handler. All of these scenes allude to the witchcraft aspect involved in MK programming.

At one point, Wybie gives Coraline a strange gift: A doll that looks just like her.

In MK symbolism, dolls represent the slave's alter persona. Coraline will call this doll "Little Me".

In MK symbolism, dolls represent the slave’s alter persona. Coraline will call this doll “Little Me”.

Coraline brings this dolls everywhere she goes. However, sometimes, the doll appears to lure Coraline to places where her handler wants her to go: The alternate world or, in MK terms, dissociation.

Coraline is "magically" lead to find a little locked door in her house. When her mother unlocks it, the door leads nowhere.

Coraline finds a small locked door in her house. When her mother unlocks it, the door leads nowhere.

However, at night, Coraline is "magically" lead back to the door and she finds out that it leads to a whole other world.

However, at night, Coraline is “magically” lead back to the door and she finds out that it leads to an alternate reality.

The Other World

When Coraline goes through the door, she enters back into her house – but everything is slightly different.

Coraline finds her "other mother" who is warmer, more attentionate and a better cook than her real mother. Also, she has buttons instead of eyes.

Coraline finds her “Other Mother” who is warmer, more attentive and a better cook than her real mother. Also, she has buttons instead of eyes. The symbolism of buttons instead of eyes is extremely important in this movie: it illustrates that the characters in the alternate world are puppets fabricated by the handler. It is later revealed that the Other Mother is the handler in disguise.

Everything in the Other World is tailor-made to charm Coraline and to fulfill her needs (which are the needs of all children): Receiving attention from parents, having fun and discovering wonderful things. The handler therefore knows exactly which “buttons to push” to get a positive response from Coraline. Knowing that Coraline is upset with the disgusting food of her real parents, the Other Mother projects the warm and comforting sight of a mother preparing a home cooked meal for her family.

In the Other World, Coraline's father created an entire garden that looks like Coraline's face when seen from above. This is another way to win over Coraline, by tapping in children's need of being the center of the world.

In the Other World, Coraline’s father created an entire garden that looks like Coraline’s face when seen from above. This is another way to win over Coraline, by tapping in children’s need of being the center of the world. Everything is made especially for her and everything is made to make her feel special.

As expected, Coraline realizes that she likes it better in the Other World. But things get creepy very quickly. While, at first, the movie caters to everything children like, it then turns to everything that scares children (many parents reported that this seemingly child-friendly movie terrified their children and gave them nightmares).

The Other Mother asks Coraline to stay with her forever. To do so however, Coraline must let the Other Mother sew buttons over her eyes.

Coraline's other parents proposing her to sow buttons on her face. This creepy request represents a slave permanently escaping reality through dissociation, effectively causing them to lose their very soul. Notice the two horned (Baphomet-like) heads in the background. They are prominently lighted to emphasize the black magic/occult transformation of the MK process.

Coraline’s other parents proposing her to sow buttons on her face. Notice the two horned (Baphomet-like) heads in the background. They are prominently lit to emphasize the black magic/occult transformation of the MK process happening in the alternate world. These horned heads are not there in the kitchen of the real world.

The Other Parents ominously call Coraline “our little doll” and tell her that “soon you will see things our way”. Sewing buttons onto her eyes means that she would permanently become the handler’s puppet, who would then, as the movie states, “devour her soul”. In MK terms, she would lose control of her core persona by staying stuck in the dissociative world created by her handler (the equivalent of devouring her soul).

The concept of eyes (and the lack thereof) is extremely important in this movie, as it is in actual MK Programming symbolism. While the occult elite represents itself with the All-Seeing Eye, Mind Control is represented by removing eyes – causing the slave to lose sight of reality.

A creepy poster of the movie featuring an All-Seeing Eye inside a triangle.

A creepy poster of the movie featuring an All-Seeing Eye inside a triangle.

When Coraline refuses the button deal, the Other Mother gets angry and we see her true form.

The illusion of the other world is broken. Coraline sees the true form of the other mother, a skeletical spider-like horror. When MK slaves give in to dissociation, the "relief" it caused at first turn into a nightmare.

The illusion of the Other World is broken. Coraline sees the true form of the other mother, a skeletal spider-like monstrosity. When MK slaves give in to dissociation, the “relief” it causes at first quickly turns into a nightmare.

Coraline is then locked in a room where she finds the ghosts of other kids who became her slaves. Here, they are hidding one eye and ask Coraline to find their eyes.

Coraline is then locked in a room where she finds the ghosts of other kids who became the handler’s slaves. In this scene, the ghosts are hiding one eye while asking Coraline to find their eyes, the only way their souls will be freed.

To find the ghost's missing eyes, Coraline must use a symbolic tool: A triangle with a hole in it. Is this a nod to the All-Seeing in triangle?

To find the children ghosts’ missing eyes, Coraline must use a symbolic tool: A triangle with a hole in it. Is this a nod to the All-Seeing in triangle?

The three ghosts call the Other Mother “Beldam”, which means “ugly, evil-looking old woman”. The word also resembles the term Grand Dame, the title given to important women in the Illuminati mind control system.

“An Illuminati Grande Dame will assist the programmers to insure that the proper script is given to the child and that a psychotic break doesn’t occur causing the victim to lose their mind.”
– Fritz Springmeier, The Illuminati Formula to Create a Mind Control Slave

Not so coincidentally, the Beldam in Coraline basically plays the role of a Grand Dame in mind control programming.

“A close loving bond is needed between a child and the initial abuser so that a clean split is created when the initial mind-splitting trauma is carried out. The clean split occurs when the child is confronted with two irreconcilable opposing viewpoints of someone who is important to them. The child can’t reconcile the two extremely opposite views of the same person, one being a loving caretaker, and the other being the worst kind of abuser. The person the child trusted the most is the person the child fears the most. Some professional therapists have come to realize that this is how the core is split.”
– Ibid.

In Monarch Mind Control, the Grand Dame is one of the three people that assist in the programming of young slaves. Like in Coraline, the Grand Dame is somewhat of a (twisted) mother figure.

“As a child of the Illuminati progressed through its programming, three people had oversight over its programming: its Grande Mother, its Grande Dame, and the Programmer.”
– Ibid.

Throughout the movie, Coraline is told that there is “only one key” that can open and lock the door to the alternate world – and the Beldam desperately wants it. This key represents access to Coraline’s psyche. Either Coraline has control of it or the Beldam does. For this reason, there is “only one key”.

In her quest for freedom, Coraline is not alone. She is helped by a strange character.

The Black Cat

The nameless black cat become Coraline's guide and mentor throughout her journey...or is he leading her straight to programming?

A nameless black cat becomes Coraline’s guide and mentor throughout her journey.

The black cat first appears to Coraline while she’s “water witching” at the beginning of the movie. In European folklore, black cats were believed to be witches’ “familiars”- spirits who aid and protect them while they accomplish their magical work. In Coraline, the black cat basically plays the same role and becomes vital to her succeeding.

While the cat appeared to Coraline in the real world, he also appears in the Other World  – and with no buttons on his eyes. Furthermore, when in the Other World, the cat can speak with her. The cat also seems to know a lot about the Beldam and the world she created.

In this scene, the black cat shows Coraline how the Other World is a fake construct created by the Beldam to lure Coraline. In MK terms, it is the dissociative world created by the handlers.

In this scene, the black cat shows Coraline how the Other World is a fake construct created by the Beldam to lure Coraline. In MK terms, the black cat is showing Coraline the confines of the dissociative world.

While the black cat appears to be of great help, he also tends to lead Coraline into Beldam’s traps.

In this scene, the Black Cat leads Coraline back to the portal to the Other World.

In this scene, the Black Cat leads Coraline back to the portal to the Other World, causing her to dissociate again.

So is the black cat helping or manipulating Coraline? The very end of the movie might provide an answer.

After some adventuring, Coraline saves the ghosts by finding their eyes and destroying Beldam’s constructed world. She then throws the key to the Other World (which represents her psyche) down the magical well she found while water-witching. Coraline then happily goes back to her real world and tries to make the best of real life. Her family organizes a party in their garden – the same garden that was made to look like Coraline in the Other World. As the view of the garden pans out, observant viewers might realize something odd.

The garden is shaped like the face of Beldam.

The garden is shaped like the face of Beldam.

While many viewers probably did not notice this almost-subliminal tidbit, it has a heavy meaning. It represents the Beldam imprinting Coraline’s forever – even if she was apparently defeated.

In fact, was the Beldam truly defeated? Was Coraline actually manipulated by the cat? Was throwing the key to her psyche down that well a good move? Can the Beldam now “trigger” Coraline back into her world whenever she needs to? Like in other MK-themed movies (such as Labyrinth), while the final scene of the movie appears to be a celebration, the celebration is dampened by creepy little details that hint that all might not be “well and good”.

Right after, the movie ends with the black cat magically disappearing behind a pole. Is his job as a programmer complete?

The movie ends with the black cat magically disappearing behind a pole.

Does the cat magically disappear because his job as a guide is complete? Or his job as a programmer is complete? It’s not clear.

In Conclusion

While, at first glance, Coraline appears to be a cautionary tale about appreciating what you’ve got and not falling for things that are too good to be true, the movie’s dark and twisted imagery hints to deeper concepts. As proved by the number of screenshots used in this article, the movie contains a wealth of subtle symbols that tell their own story, one that is laced with occultism and the dark process of Monarch mind control.

The entire movie is based on the symbolism of a menacing hand (representing the handler) manipulating a young girl, luring her into a world created to appeal to her psyche. When Coraline escapes (dissociates) to the Other World, the concept of buttons replacing eyes represent the illusory nature of this world and the blindness of those trapped in it. In the end, Coraline appears to vanquish her foe but, as subtle symbolism suggests, she might have simply done exactly what was expected from her all along.

This movie, which features visuals based on the comforting feel of arts and crafts, nevertheless alludes to mind control, the most sadistic practice known to man. In short, it is deception at its finest. As it is the case with many other works in mass media, Coraline‘s hidden meaning can only be understood by those who have “eyes to see”. Unfortunately, most people still have buttons.


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7 months 11 days ago
And what of the white balloons in the garden at the end? Is this a symbol of sexual abuse victims?… Notice the Monarch butterfly magnet on the refrigerator in the kitchen? Just watch the way the "Other Mother" makes the "Corna" devil hand sign as she touches Coraline's nose and says…"Soon you'll see things OUR way"… The imagery of the "Other Father" as a puppet being "played?" Note the pinecone / pineapple motif of the Newel caps on the stair railing… This is yet another reference to the Illuminati / Masonic magick & ritual that is prevalent throughout this and… Read more »
1 month 8 days ago

What an idiot. Almost no movies are made to suggest anything to us. They are made for entertainment. Hence why it’s called the ENTERTAINMENT industry. Look at the entire horror movie genre. When you can give me a reasonable theory that supports the fact that Paranormal Activity, one of the dumbest series ever, is trying to indoctrinate me, maybe I’ll be interested. But probably not, because you’re clearly good at pulling things out of your ass.

23 days 4 hours ago

You are obviously one of the very many people that has buttons as eyes…..smh has a lot of meaning to it. Go study about what this world is really about…or don’t.

3 months 14 days ago

Don’t confuse “Masonic” with “satanic”, as the two are NOT synonymous. Educate yourself before you make erroneous and slanderous claims.

2 months 7 days ago

masonic is the brotherhood of satan….of course only the highest levels know….sounds like you are at the lower levels

Poasa D
2 years 6 months ago

You missed out on Coralines neighbours in the Pink Palace . the circus guy upstairs and the show lady freaks below. i think those guys also played roles in this .
A very symbolic scene is that part where the other father had these robotic like gloves use him to play the piano and was like "this piano plays me" .

2 years 2 months ago

Hmm…a glove…remind anyone of another high profile music industry giant?

1 year 4 months ago
Thank you for this article! When I found this article, I'd just finished watching Coraline in its entirety . I was wondering if anyone else had seen the other mother's face in the end of the movie, so I did a Google search and stumbled upon this article. On the Issue of Monarch, it is interesting to note that at first, the "Other World" was a place Coraline went to be happy and escape the troubles of the world. It is even note worthy, that after she'd gone "water witching" with the poison oak, when she went to the "Other… Read more »
1 year 10 months ago

the eyes are the windows of the soul

2 years 1 month ago

Don't forget that the Beldams hand was thrown down the well with the key. Does that mean that she still holds the key to Coralines psyche, or at least have a grasp on it?

1 year 10 months ago

You are the only one who noticed it!!!!!! That makes me feel that the ending is just confirming it. That's the reason why the movie is too MK.

5 months 18 days ago

I’m going to go with an alternate, shorter synopsis. The movie is a simple metaphor suggesting we try to be content with what we have. In constantly striving to get what we want, we inevitably are dissatisfied.

2 months 22 days ago

Agree. Though I don’t doubt mind control exists… How did the cat coerce her to go to the other world? He was clearly against it.

1 year 2 months ago

I loved this movie right after i first watched it. But when I watched it again, it totally creeped me out. I knew there was something disturbing behind this movie.

CJ jones
3 months 6 days ago

Thank you!

Adam Reyna
2 years 5 months ago
In 2010 my 4 year old little cousin, the most active child I have ever met, sat down to watch this movie. It was literally the first movie he had ever set down and watched the entire thing. He fell in love with it so I had my grandma go out and buy it for him and when I would pick him up from day care he would have a snack and go watch "Coraline". Well after the 2nd day of having the DVD I sat down to watch it with him, trying to see what was so captivating about… Read more »
2 years 6 months ago

Creepiest movie EVER! how is this is a kids movie? this is so scary. honestly. The hidden meanings are so obvious, they just keep making it more and more obvious yet people have become so blind to it they dont even notice!

2 years 6 months ago

Coraline and the nightmare before christmas are good films. It doesn't creep me out nor scare me. The only movie that does is final destination

2 years 6 months ago

The movie is a double etendre, as it will have the same effect of implanting mistrust in children raised in solid loving homes (cause them to mistrust their loving parents intentions) and those from dysfunctional homes realize they are drawn to loving relationship with their parents, but not trust it if such does occur.

2 years 6 months ago

Travis Knight, the son of Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, produced this movie, via the family's purchase of the former Will Vinton animation studio, now renamed Laika. Like the notorious Chinese death factories that produce those preening Apple products, Nike's success was built on the backs of slave labor. Coincidence?
The ambiguity of the ending of this film is what is disturbing. An artist can tell any tale he/she wants to, yet the strange sense of the impossibility of victory over dark forces – its sense of omnipresence no matter what – is the sinister aspect of the story.

1 year 9 months ago

This movie felt ominous from the start…uhm…
Thanks again VC.
Now I know and will tell my friend at school who also likes (liked) this movie.

God is Number ONE
2 years 6 months ago

When i was younger i had to be hospitalized……….. i lived there for about a year…….. i remmber somethings that now looking back….just didnt seem right………..cant explain it here but……..mind control is definately real…….. def real.

Ashley C
2 years 6 months ago

Well not to be rude, but why would you bring something up that you don't want to talk about?? I mean it's pretty apparent that most of us here know the realities of mind control, so unless you just want poking and prodding at your question what was the point…lol – No offense.

1 year 9 months ago

not even subtle

Anuja Shukla
2 years 2 months ago
I loved this article, particularly the way the stills have been analyzed, and I loved the the part where you state that the garden is now the face of the beldam. It confirms my suspicion; it's a long clear shot, hard to miss. There always is dark in the alternate world, because no one has eyes to see any different.However, I still wonder the significance of color 'blue' in the film. She has blue hair, her father asks her to count all the blue things in the house, then later he says he has blue slippers instead of orange, there's… Read more »
1 day 18 hours ago

Blue can be considered the color of ‘trust’, as purple is for royalty.

2 years 6 months ago
so many days i spend trying not to think about this awful truth. quite often, i will find myself mindlessly browsing through youtube and then i watch a video like Feelin' Myself and i feel sick to my stomach again. the truth is, once you put those sunglasses on, they don't come off. i hear a line like "i don't care about your brains, just give me head" and all i can think about is, "how much are we really paying here?" all of a sudden, i feel ashamed by our society and what's become of it. i see the… Read more »
2 years 2 months ago
It's overwhelming when you are led to read the truth. And your eyes are open, and you can't watch what you used to without cringing. Seeing the news get gorier and stranger week by week. Even 2 years ago, to me, were "the good old days" and life gets more difficult. Employers expect nothing less than perfection, cut benefits, demand long hours and less family time as a result. With the complete takeover of "NoCare" we have slid very quickly into a decline in "unhealthy care" which predicates who lives, who dies and who are the ones in charge. I… Read more »
2 months 13 days ago

You are not alone I feel the same way about everything you just explained. The everyday things you hear and see make you think is there any hope left in humanity?

2 years 6 months ago

Perhaps you should stop mindlessly browsing youtube…

2 years 6 months ago
Wowzers!!! I have never seen this movie and wouldn't have had a clue what it was REALLY about, but no doubt in mind I know what it means now. It appears a fun cartoon film on the façade but with really dark hidden in plain sight undertones. I mean the first picture is quite interesting in itself. The Tree which looks like a giant claw encompassing the whole moon. The moon which looks like a button and the button is used for the "O" in the word "Coraline". Before I even read the article I was thinking, Why a button?… Read more »
original poster
2 years 6 months ago

after the other mother offers the button eyes she points the devil horns at coralines and says soon youll see things our way

2 months 13 days ago
alright, everyone is saying how its such a creepy movie to allow children to watch, but it can’t be that bad if thousands of children have watched it, and lets say the worst that has happened is they got nightmares.. it honestly wouldn’t be made a children’s movie if it was horror.. yes i can agree that it is a little scary in places but it can teach young children something.. but honestly i just think of it as an interesting movie!! yall are putting way too much thought into a movie?! dont think about the hidden meanings too much,… Read more »
Leandro Selier
1 month 9 days ago
If there is no evidence of something existing, or something NOT existing then there is no point in believing it. In other words, it’s faith, and faith is useless to mankind. Coraline is a metaphor for mankind. How humans trust on their emotions and heart too deeply, but do not use their minds to think logically. It could also be a metaphor for religion in a way. Because religion is delusion of consolation. It makes people think certain things to ignore reality. I do not think this movie is for the occult, I think that it is a beautiful piece… Read more »
1 year 1 month ago

What about the neighbors ? ? Mr bobinski always creeped me out.and the basement neighbors., and also why born.. The kid was a bit awkward too.

1 year 4 months ago

I have this movie and I love it, actually – but the first time I watched it, it creeped the hell out of me.

The stone with the hole in it is called a Witch's Stone. If you look through it, you are supposed to be able to see what the plain eye cannot…. things such as Faeries, for instance. The hidden world becomes visible.
So basically, its a world within a world – neither of which are real. Think about that for a second.

2 years 3 months ago

Wow, this is all so very silly…
People considering and claiming that there is another side to things when they haven't even considered the other side to their own beliefs. Good and Evil. Start there, people. Is there really such a thing? Religion, yes, the opium of the people. Talk about mind-control.

Sorry if I'm rude, it's just that I am a bit sad and upset after seeing SO many people with such hatred in them.
Love for you all. It is everywhere, after all.

2 years 6 months ago

Wish there were some notes/explanations/narrative on the two freaky scenes with the neighbors, both in the real world and alternate world. One is the weird inventor guy that has the mouse circus, and the other is the two old ladies with the dogs.

2 years 6 months ago
I don't understand why anyone would promote the occult or evil… I mean, do they not realise that life on Earth is short? Everyone eventually dies no matter how long it takes & everything comes to an end. I know a lot of people say that there is no proof of God or the after life, but there's also no proof that God and the after life don't exist. We won't know until our time is up, but why risk it? Why risk momentary pleasure & greed for potential eternal suffering? Nothing is worth giving up your soul. Sadly the… Read more »
2 months 22 days ago

I love this article! It removed my ‘buttons’ and gave me ‘eyes’ to see. I look forward to seeing more articles like this.