|At £5.50 for a box of popcorn at the Odeon |
it was no wonder they tried to smuggle in their own
But then, dammit, shouldn't a good fairy story be scary? Little Red Riding Hood's Grandma gets eaten by a wolf. Goldilocks is almost eaten by bears. Hansel and Gretel are to be cooked by a witch. All good stories are dark and sinister (and usually involve someone or other getting et). The Wicked Stepmother is a fairy story staple; little girls have been travelling into strange and magical worlds (where they are helped by talking cats) since Alice. What Coraline does is bring back the gothic and the threat to childrens' bedtime stories. And hurrah for that!