Observations: Give the Coraline puppet masters a hand

More often than not, when we watch a film, we don't give too much thought to the amount of work involved in putting it together. Which, refreshingly, is something that director Henry Selick decided to fix during trailers for his latest stop-frame animation film, Coraline, which hit our cinema screens earlier this year. To highlight just how meticulous the process can be, he flashed a few facts fleetingly across the screen: thousands of hands for puppets were each made by hand, a forest of cherry blossoms made of popcorn, five miles of gold thread for a five-inch wig and 3,500 flowers that all light up.

The Final Destination (15)

Death goes dogging everywhere, and now it's in 3-D.

Spellbound by Beauty, By Donald Spoto

An innocent female in a Hitchcock film is handcuffed. The actress was obliged to do many takes, "crying out for her manacles to be removed".

Lars von Trier, women and me

Is 'Antichrist' anti-women? Heidi Laura, the controversial new film's official 'Misogyny Consultant', has the last word

Antichrist, Lars von Trier, 104 mins, (18)

Lars hits rock bottom with a clanking dud

So, is Antichrist any good – or pure evil?

The Cannes audience walked out, critics are divided, women's groups outraged. Now Lars von Trier's film is on general release – so we sent four writers to make up their own minds

Red Mist (18)

An inadequate horror film about a coma patient who, thanks to an unwisely administered cocktail of brain-stimulating drugs, manages to leave his body, possess others, and punish the irresponsible medical students who put him in the coma to start with.

Three jailed for 'sadistic' horror film murder

Three killers were given long sentences today for "sadistically" murdering a teenager in a re-enactment of a scene from a spoof horror film

Album: Eels, Hombre Lobo (Polydor/Vagrant)

Mark "E" Everett has steadily built a reputation as someone unafraid of confronting Big Questions, with early forays into themes of mental illness and death followed on 2005's monumental double-album Blinking Lights and Other Revelations with songs about God and "life itself, in all its beautiful, horrible glory".

Deborah Orr: Motherhood, sex, and a woman's deepest fears

What might a controversial new film say about the female experience?

Games Review: Coraline

DS, PS2, Wii, D3 Publisher, £19.99 – £29.99

Johann Hari: The dark seduction of horror films

I was drawn to these movies by my granny, one of the sweetest people I've known

I didn't mean to kill him, sobs youth

A man accused of cutting a schoolboy's throat broke down in tears as he apologised to his victim's parents, saying he was "really sorry" the teenager died, a jury heard.

London Fashion Week - Ann-Sofie Back

Ann-Sofie Back showed a collection which was inspired by classic American horror films

The Orphanage (DVD)

Optimum Home EntertainmentIn this year's classiest ghost story, Belen Rueda and her husband buy the seaside orphanage where she spent her happy childhood and reopen it at as a home for the disabled. But when her own son goes into detail about his imaginary new friends, she wonders if they really are imaginary, after all. Produced by Guillermo del Toro, this Spanish chiller gets its scares from its unsettling atmosphere, wrenching emotion and stealthy plotting, rather than moments which make you jump. So when those moments do come along, you'll jump all the higher.

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After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
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Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
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Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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