Horror specialist Eli Roth ventures into family-friendly territory with this adaptation of the children’s book by John Bellairs.

When orphaned youngster Lewis (Owen Vacarro) is sent to live with his eccentric Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) in the eponymous house, he quickly discovers his guardian is a warlock who offers to instruct him the art of magic, together with the neighbourhood witch, Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett). He also learns the house was previously owned by a sorcerer, who has installed a doomsday device within the wall – and the clock is ticking… This period tale of witchcraft and wizardry delivers a nicely balanced mix of magic, mirth and malevolence, with the scarier moments offset by a goofiness only kids can love – namely an anthropomorphic armchair and a topiary griffin that poops leaves.

Cate Blanchett and Jack Black on making The House with a Clock in its Walls.

Release Date: December 19, 2018
Format: DVD, Blu-ray
Starring:
 Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Kyle MacLachlan

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