About the film
Director: Eli Roth
Actors: Cate Blanchett, Jack BlackBased on the 1973 novel by John Bellairs, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is set in 1955 and centers on an odd but smart young boy named Lewis (Owen Vaccaro). He’s the kind of kid who wears goggles around because his favourite superhero wears them, reads the dictionary for fun, and gets picked for sports teams even after the kid with polio.
Lewis’ parents were killed in a car accident, so he goes to live with his uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) in an old Gothic house bursting with old clocks, statues, and symbols of the occult. He passes himself off as your garden variety party magician, but he’s actually a warlock and together with the bickering platonic companion of the witch next door (Cate Blanchett), they try to solve the mystery of the title, which involves dark wizards played by Twin Peaks’ Kyle MacLachlan and Hamilton’s Renée Elise Goldsberry.
Eli Roth is the director’s chair for this one, working off a script by Erik Kripke (Supernatural, Timeless). Roth, the man behind the very adult Hostel, Cabin Fever, and Death Wish, directs here in what’s obviously a far cry from his usual torture-teeming horror movies.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a fantastical – children-appropriate – Gothic horror film with great visual effects, fun characters, jokes, chills, thrills—all that good stuff.