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The Hidden Meaning of the Movie “Coraline”



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.

The Hidden Meaning of the Movie "Coraline"

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

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

The Hidden Meaning of the Movie "Coraline"

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

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

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

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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; 4) She gets “hooked” into the alternate world and doesn’t want to go back to reality.

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

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

Later in the movie, Coraline’s father calls her a “twitchy, 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Coraline’s other parents proposing her to sew 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.

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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 Hidden Meaning of the Movie "Coraline"

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.

The Hidden Meaning of the Movie "Coraline"

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.

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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 a 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 Hidden Meaning of the Movie "Coraline"

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.

The Hidden Meaning of the Movie "Coraline"

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.

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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 Hidden Meaning of the Movie "Coraline"

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”.

The Hidden Meaning of the Movie "Coraline"

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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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 many other films. Remember, NOTHING in this or any movie is random. Sets, animation and everything are designed with intent and purpose. That purpose is to serve a visual and PSYCHOLOGICAL purpose. Even things in the background that we are meant to believe are inconsequential and random are indeed Neither. The subconscious takes it ALL in and it is even more effective and powerful when presented in this manner… …After all, the DEVIL is in the DETAILS…… We are enslaved and asleep in the dream of the weavers of dreams… Our lives are being consumed as we consume… What we… Read more »


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


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


@Christian. There’s no confusion.Masonic is ALSO satanic.It’s ALL evil.


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 a-s.


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.


Look up subliminal messaging. Your answers lye there.


Coraline is basically a book and as most books, it obviously has a meaning, a symbolism, something to teach. Rare are the books which are written “just for entertainment”, even Harry Potter… Coraline is definately not one of this dumb blockbuster created just to entertain and give sensations to the public in order to transform it in some stupid mass. You must be dead inside to not just FEEL while watching it, that Coraline really tells something deep, brings a huge symbolism. Everyone I know (kids, adults) who have seen this movie feel weird after watching it, like it says something to them that they can’t really catch and freaks them out. It speaks directly to our subconscious.

matt p

Hi Nana, I read your comment from not too long ago, and because I’ve always wanted to share the wisdom and inspiration I find in the story or Coraline, I’ll go ahead and post it here. You see, Coraline is a more perfectionist allegory to the Matrix. Here instead of taking the red pill or the blue pill, the protagonist chooses whether or not to have buttons sewn on her eyes. It’s interesting to imagine however, whether (other) Wybie or her father, or any of her neighbors were ever in the same situation, considering that they’re all seen in both worlds. Well, that’s actually an overly-complicated hypothetical, since the reason Coraline is the heroine of the story is because she has a strong likeness to a virgin (yes, of course she is a virgin physically, but it’s important to understand that her ultimate value is derived from spiritual_virginity), and as people like to ignore the fact (you could say they simply don’t wish to see it), virgins (children) are a ‘predator’s source of power. Of course, Coraline doesn’t go along with this, and essentially the real reason she’s special is because she pushes herself to save her friends and family… Read more »


Hey Nana when you’re trying to get your point across and sound smart, at least spell definitely right. Just sayin…


@Siraa wrote,” Almost no movies are made to suggest anything to us. They are made for entertainment. Hence why it’s called the ENTERTAINMENT industry.” That quote is so incredibly foolish,it’s almost like Siraa is being sarcastic.However I have a feeling that person really believes this and there are others who feel the same as Siraa.There is no way the sinister people the Vigilant Citizen writes about don’t laugh at how insanely gullible the majority of the masses are.It’s no wonder why they’ve been far more bold with their Illuminati symbols and other sinister things in movies,music videos,music lyrics,commercials,magazines and etc.recently.They know even when most of the masses are made aware of these things,they will still say,”oh please it’s just a coincidence”,”stop reading so much into things “,”it’s just entertainment.There’s absolutely no agenda”. Lol


Exactly, the darn movie is a splending work of art. While talking fish seem particularly normal…..well that is pretty magic related to….


What if it’s people like Siraa here who are trying to throw us off the track by insisting that everything is a coincidence? I would rather not believe that anyone could singularly be this ignorant.


If I were not good at it, I would be a terrible magician.


I agree with you


You have clearly closed your eyes to things you might be aware of had you done your homework on Monarch. You don’t know a damn thing and are talking as though you were an expert.. If you disagree then fine, but ridiculing is the lowest method of debate– and the easiest.
Hey, have fun as you sleep your way through life. However, if you or anyone else is the least bit curious– too much to hope for I know– but you might want to do a search on the Monarch Project and research just what is going on behind the scenes at what you call “entertainment”.
But that would require you to 1) read and 2) think– two things of which you clearly are not capable.
“Almost no movies are made to suggest anything to us.”< — talk about pulling things out of your a-s

Edmond Liu

The NWO must have paid you a lot of money to write this… either that or you’re blind.


Entertainment or amusement. To “muse” means in Latin to “think”, the prefix “a” as in “amuse” means to stop thinking. Entertainment/Amusement is needed in huge amounts to “stop thinking” for ourselves and to let them to think for of us…


Actually, while books and movies are made fir entertainment, authors and directors don’t just pull a plot out of their a*s. They write things for a reason. Are you saying the every book and every movie in existence means nothing and is trying to teach us nothing? Because if so, you’re wrong.


Wow this pretty much sums up the whole entire movie in one article. Really incredible guys!


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?


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.


I noticed it too!! Wondering if anyone else had, it bothered me because I didn’t know if that was a simple mistake in the movie or purposely made to add suspicion


This bothered me so much! I was thinking that she will always be with the key… so is Coraline truly safe?


Coraline threw the key down the well. I believe the well to be the MAIN portal to the other world. So Coraline is safe although Beldam received the key because she is roughly 150 years old she would deteriorate of her old age. So as long as she doesn’t go to the other world again,Coraline is safe.

Adam Reyna

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 it that made him sit down for nearly 2 hours. Immediately something about this film hit me, I did not know what it was but the opening scene just made me feel like something was off about it. As we went through and watched the movie I was able to uncover a view things, that I had learned from reading VC, about the film. Such as the Baldame be some sort of handler and her need to prey on childrens insecurities. When the movie was over I waited til he went to sleep and told my grandma that he would… Read more »


Disney is one of the worst things full of witchcraft


Oh really you’re gonna tell me Mickey Mouse is evil and has witches and witchcraft in it, oh please. Disney is full of magic, wonder, and brilliant ideas, and therefore great movies.


Thank you, Adam you are correct about this movie and the channels these evil companys are
up to no good implanting mistrust, sinister 100%.


Y’all two are just apparently nuts!


yup…but Inside out seem like a completely sensable movie to show kids. With it themed total psychological moral -YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK! Now tell that to childrens in war zones around the world….tell that to children victims of ISIS…You are what you think is a total bull….and the tremendous obsession this world has with psychology is sickening….it is a witch craft of its own kind. The movie inside out is a sick movie….like it is normal to brainwash small children to focus on their own head, thoughts and feelings….cause their thougths and feelings are alive. And not to many say much about the POKEMON feber taking the world and children as low as in preschool. Picashu kills and boms his enemies…and sometimes his enemies kill picachu…but he always magically seem to arise from the dead… Now what do you think this is about….my theori is that POKEMON is about recruiting small children into having dreams of signing up for the ARMY when they grow up….It s simple hidden army propaganda…..Weak up people…cause the world is asleep…


Psychology is real first of all also not everything in the world is evil. Coraline is and a lot of movies are. Inside Out wasn’t a bad movie to show kids actually. It was more about Depression the mental illness, which is what I struggle with everyday. It however ended unrealistically and made no sense. The alive part is part of a Disney movie. Inside Out was innocent. Pokemon is fiction so it’s not believable and it really doesn’t portray any real evil happening in the world, you just think pokemon are demons..I have seen a real demon, they aren’t demons at all. If you had any experience with them, you’d know. I am not Christian but I have seen them and so have others I have known..the same ones too. Pokemon is not telling children to sign up for the Army lol. Paranoia is one thing, looking into something to find the true meaning is another thing.


It wasn’t about clinical depression but situational depression, about how repressing negative emotions rather than dealing with them can cause unhealthy habits later. If it was clinical depression something more would have to be done,like seeking outside help or medication


As a person who is becoming a psychologist, I will say though that a lot of psychology is bullshit. Like medication and other such techniques they use.


It’s just a cool, and scary Halloween movie to watch in October.


I am not a Christian I am Jewish but I also felt the same way, I have seen some bad stuff i’m only 16 tho. But this movie made me feel WAY off like scared and depressed in a way…


Bro why would you just buy the dvd not even knowing what it is or what happens in it?!?


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.


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.


@Jane wrote,”How did the cat coerce her to go to the other world? He was clearly against it.” All I can do other than laugh at the gullibility is pray that you and all the other sleep people wake up one day before it’s too late for you guys.


@John wrote,”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.” Where are the at least half awake(you don’t even have to be fully awake,at this point I’ll even take the daydreaming posters to comment on these articles.Anything but the FULLY ASLEEP people posting on here)people who use to comment on this site? I mean the quote above received 16 thumbs up from people on the Vigilant Citizen site.Not IMDb or other sites that discuss movies but a gullible post like the one quoted have 16 people agreeing with that nonsense on the VIGILANT CITIZEN. WOW! Vigilant Citizen in case you read comments,please don’t let the brainwashed sheep ever stop you from writing articles that analyze the Illuminati,Mind Control and everything else you discuss.Don’t get discouraged because a bunch of sleepwalking zombies have decided to make sheep like comments.


I honestly see what you mean. I didn’t notice too much to the movie i’m only 16 but I already know about these creepy MK-ultra things because I have seen stuff myself, but I wasn’t far into it. I noticed two things, the devil hand horns and the eyes. However I couldn’t quite put my finger on it..I definitely believe you.


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

Thank you!


This movie was creepier than any other horror movie I have watched. Something about it really disturbed me and I couldn’t put my finger on it. All I noticed was her hand, the all seeing eye thing, and the eyes…i’m only 16 tho so I didn’t notice much of it.


the eyes are the windows of the soul

Pica Scribit

What a weird take on this movie. I didn't like it as much as the book, which is one of my favourite YA fantasy books. I read it to a classroom of elementary school kids about 10 years ago, and they could not get enough of it. The writer of this article does not even seem to be aware that the film is based on a book. Here's where you can tell this person does not know what they are talking about: "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." No. The "Beldam" is an obvious reference, both in the book and in the film, to the figure referred to in Keat's poem as "La Belle Dame San Merci". The queen of the faerie world is legendarily known for luring mortals into her own world, and holding them there against their will. This is who the character in the book and the movie is meant to represent. I'm pretty sure "Belle Dame" means the opposite of "ugly, evil-looking old woman", if I remember anything… Read more »

Someone / Umm

the book is one of my faves too 🙂


Perhaps there is something more to it? Or the movie is based off of different things unlike the book. It just seems like with all the symbolism and the odd off feeling I am getting, it’s got some weird meaning to it. There’s no saying that something can’t have a different meaning even if it references different pieces of literature. Even then that lit could have deep dark meanings that we haven’t quite figured out. It could be the movie that only did this, not the book. We know a lot of things in America have symbolism that go behind our heads.


I myself was skeptical about the beldam’s meaning. I took a lot of French classes in elementary and middle school, and I agree that I thought it was a French term as well, but it is actually an English word that was derived from the French language. If you search or even look it up in a physical dictionary, the definition it gives (at least in mine) is this:

beldam (BEL-duh m -dam)
1) an old woman, especially an ugly one; hag
2) *Obsolete* grandmother
Origin: 1400-50; late Middle English, equivalent to bel- grand- (<Middle French bel, belle fine; see beau,belle) + dam mother
So technically it means Grand Mother.

So according to an English dictionary, this is indeed a word that has been used before in the past. And if you Google for the definition, it even gives you a rough timeline on when and how often the word was used from the 1800s to present day, and it was waaay more prevalent back in the 1800s than it is now.


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 World", right before she went to sleep, the Beldam had put dirt on her hands that healed the rash. In my personal opinion, it was almost saying, in the Monarch reality, when you go through "the small door" everything becomes as it should be. There is no more pain, no more suffering, just bliss. Also no one but the one's who'd either directly or indirectly experienced the "Other World" believed it in. Only Wieby's grandmother, and Coraline were aware of it. The two old, theater obsessed women also seemed to be aware of the world. The were arugably occultists or… Read more »


They’ll trick us in the future.

“Come with us there will be no pain and suffering. Nothing will happen. To have a perfect society be like this. We will make laws to make it perfect.”

It will all be a hoax won’t it now?

Poasa D

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" .


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


You’re quite smart.


Michael Jackson, right? I felt a little sad for the other father when he said the piano played him…. Noone should EVER be a slave to anything


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!


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


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 world has become shallow, vain and materialistic. Some people just care about physical and materialistic comforts, which are not really comforting in the long run. I hope those involved in this evil stuff and those who 'control' others/make them suffer, realise that one day the tables will turn & they will have to answer for a lot.


I agree! Some people believe that aliens, ghosts, monsters, etc. are real, but they refuse to believe God is real.


Lotta truth there. God is so freaking real . It just keeps becoming more and more apparent.


Because people are evil and this movie wasn’t promoting it. It was subliminally showing what goes on in reality behind the curtains of what everyone thinks reality is. I am Jewish though so I don’t believe in the god you do. However, I understand what you mean. Why does evil exist in this world? I mean cursing, getting angry, drinking isn’t evil. Not all the sins in your bible are worthy of being thrown into hell over. I am a lesbian, do I want everyone to be lesbian. No. Do I force it on people, no. A lot of mine do but I don’t I simply live my life with no labels put on me. I do believe God is real. Anyway, those things are not worthy of being thrown into hell over. Real evil deserves hell. Like murdering, destroying someones life, being heartless. However I think temporary punishment would be better, more like making the person learn from their mistakes. That’s why I am not Christian. Because it simply doesn’t make any sense.


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.


I figured that the white balloons at the end symbolised white flags of surrender, suggesting she surrendered to the Beldam. It may even be entirely possible that she never left the other world, but rather became trapped in some sort of illusion of the Beldams making. Remember how every time she came back to our world was by going to sleep in the other world? She never did that the last time but instead went through the portal (which, as a side note, looks like the interior of the well). The portal looks like it is decaying which may symbolise that it is no longer working either. The plot towards the end just makes people think more and more about her fate.


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.


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.


True really

God is Number ONE

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

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.

Tien Grooms

Anyone notice the year on the candy they destroyed to give her the key? 1921 the year the tavistock institute was started in London. To study the effects of shellshock and the breaking point of men under stress.

Anuja Shukla

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 a twisted painting of the 'blue boy', she has blue boots on (which the other mother makes). I also wonder if there is another tangent to the fact that she looks like a spider.


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


I think the blue color reffers to paedophilia. Remember the ‘boy lovers’ logo? Blue has some special meaning in the satanic peadophilia…
Also, I think, sorry, but ‘buttons’ reffer to butt and, sorry, gay sex… Sorry…I’m so sorry, but I guess it’s true and it’s horrible…

God bless us all.


I am a lesbian and I am not evil. Sorry that you think we are all satanic lol. Some gays are really stupid and mean, I am respectful. I am actually going against all the s--t Coraline portrayed. Though I am Jewish so I do not believe in the god you do. Blue could mean pedophilia or it could mean trust. In the movie it makes more sense as trust, as she has a false sense of trust. Think MK ultra. Also not everything is satanic, humans destroyed most of humanity and only fell into the evil creatures hands..


not even subtle


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? – There is some significance to this button and of course reading further we all know what the buttons represents in the film. Even the letter "L" you have the black cat walking through the "door" or "gateway", which symbolizes that the cat is the "Gatekeeper" and again we realize later what the Black cat in the film represents…… Soo many more references which other people have also mentioned. I thought one of the most telling was the poster which features an "A" with the All seeing eye. Have you all read what it says underneath? ~ A is for… Read more »

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