As if you needed any more proof that bullies are just the worst, here comes “ParaNorman” to show that their cocky attitudes can help usher in a supernatural doomsday. In this exclusive clip for the upcoming spooky stop-motion adventure from the makers of “Coraline,” audiences get a taste of the film’s dark and creepy atmosphere.
The movie follows Norman Babcock, a loner who doesn’t fit in with the other kids at school (or his normal suburban family). In fact, he doesn’t really mesh with anyone in his sleepy little town of Blithe Hollow; to all of them, he’s just the weird kid with a taste for the macabre. But what they don’t know is that Norman can communicate with ghosts, and that ability to speak with the undead will come in handy when an ancient witch’s curse befalls the town. Norman gets a spectral tip that he can stop the curse as long as he recites a passage from a dusty old book before sundown — and that’s when Alvin, an obnoxious bully comes along and messes everything up.
Nice going Alvin; your short-sighted desire to look tough just ushered in the rise of a zombie army, ready to chomp down on everyone in Blithe Hollow. If we make it out of this one alive, we’re sitting with Norman at lunchtime.
“ParaNorman” opens in theaters on August 17.