The movie Coraline really brought on a gothic presence into the world and was well received by the public upon its release. Some gothic presence that we see in the movie and the most outstanding one is that the movie is set in a dark parallel universe where Coraline has a twisted version of her parents and everyone in it has buttons for eyes and a dreary dark background. The whole tone of the movie is dark and broody and as is the setting for “The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether”. While the two share the same dark aesthetic, they do not share the same tone. “The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether” takes on a more comical tone withing the dark setting of an insane asylum. The patients in this asylum look for freedom beyond the asylum and want nothing to do with their caretakers, while Coraline only desires for her mom to be with her. The underlying message in both is growth and acceptance, Coraline must come to terms with the trauma she is being forced to live and the patients must learn acceptance of where they are. I believe the movie Coraline was somehow contributing to Coraline’s coming of age and maturing as a teenager. She was exposed to abuse and trauma from both her real mother and in the parallel universe. Coraline experienced so much neglect and lack of affection that made her an easy target to manipulate and to be lured into this parallel universe.