Genre: Fantasy, Family Horror
Director: Eli Roth
Writer: Eric Kripke
Cast: Owen Vaccaro, Jack Black, Cate Blanchett
The House With a Clock in its Walls is based on a 1973 novel, of the same name, written by John Bellairs.
It follows the eccentric 10-year-old Lewis Barnavelt (Vaccaro) who aids his magically-inclined uncle in locating a hidden clock with the power to bring about the end of the world (naturally).
Vaccaro’s lead performance is incredibly mature, even if he does end up screaming during half of the run-time… we’ll let him off the hook, though, as some of the fantastical occupants of the house can be a little creepy.
It’s genuinely refreshing to see Jack Black and Cate Blanchett play more of a character role rather than a slightly accentuated version of themselves. This element really made the film, for me.
Verdict: Great family fun with some genuinely creepy moments. Lacking a little in execution but a good watch nonetheless.