2012 / Director. Sam Fell & Chris Butler.
It's not secret that I encourage parents to expose their kids to horror. I'm not talking about hardcore adult stuff, Im talking about films like Gremlins, Ghostbusters and The Witches. It's a genre that can strengthen character, exorcise fears and prepare kids for the adversities life throws at them. Out society spent a long time avoiding nasty stories and kids flicks spent a good decade languishing in recycled poppycock like The Wild, Madagascar and Ice Age (amongst others) ... but things are getting better and a lot of parents are starting to strip away that bubble-wrap and cotton wool. The last few years has seen movies like Monster House, The Last Mimzy, Coraline and Frankenweenie gracing our screens and spooking young minds. The latest tweenie shocker is Paranorman... and what a movie it is! This is horror absolute, and it is destined to scare the shit out of kids all over the world. It's about a boy named Norman who sees dead people. No one believes him but he's not too bothered by that. He's a loner and an outcast but as fate would have it, he is the town's only hope from an impending apocalypse of undead. This is one of the scariest kids movies I've seen in ages and I spent the whole movie gobsmacked that the filmmakers had the audacity and balls to include some very grotesque and morbid material. It's so refreshing to see kids treated respectfully with a smart and challenging movie like this. The script is excellent and the characters are wonderful. Being a stop-motion film, it was not slapped together hastily. A lot of love and affection for the genre has been poured into Paranorman and its horror appeal reaches far beyond the youthful audiences. Horror fans in general will lap up the creations and frights. It's a movie guaranteed to shock a lot of parents and I dare say their kids will handle it better than they will.