Today I got to see the animated movie ParaNorman (2012 PG) with a group of middle schoolers. I had never seen this stop-motion movie before , but remember it had gotten good reviews: A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
We laughed and laughed at many of the parts! Especially the scene where Norman must pry a book out of his dead uncle’s hands.
But this is also a frightening film. A creeped-out boy prying a book out of his dead uncle’s hands? A terrified kid standing up to a 200-year-old witch’s curse? A bullied child who can see and talk to people and animals after they’ve died?
This clip is a good overview of all the freaky stuff in the movie:
What will give kids nightmares? The part where Norman is hiding under the bed from the zombie, who’s ear falls off in front of Norman’s face? Funny, but also a bit scary.
When I was little I watched a movie while sleeping at a friend’s house. I think it had something to do with a time machine, but the thing that kept me awake and afraid was a scene where the scientist and the girl run from a burning building. Probably not scary to an adult, but it made me want to be home.
What movies kept you up at night when you were younger?