At the Movies – “The House with a Clock in Its Walls”


Scary movie season is here, and who better to get us trembling than Eli Roth, the guy Quentin Tarantino called “the face of horror” and who gave us “Cabin Fever”, “Hostel”, “Grindhouse”, the recent remake of “Death Wish”? 

This weekend he gives us “The House with a Clock in Its Walls.” The whimsical tale of a 10-year-old in the 1950’s who goes to live with his eccentric uncle – played by Jack Black – in a huge mansion that actually has a magical clock hidden in its walls by wizards. 

Yes indeed this is a departure for the director – “Hostel” holds the record for the amount of decapitations in one film I believe.

“The House with the Clock in Its Walls” is part Harry Potter and part Goosebumps, the latter of which is now a film franchise starring Black.

Ya get Cate Blanchett too as the witch next door, who is Black’s bestie. He’s a warlock who has to tap into those powers when his precocious nephew discovers the clock and unleashes a horde of fantastical creatures on the small town. 

Look, “House” is a party and no doubt destined for number one at the box office. It’ll have a scare or two for younger kids, to be sure, but, I mean, Kyle Machlachlan plays the evil wizard. The bad guy from “The Flintstones.” 

The clock will be scarier. It’s rated PG.   

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