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Halloween Horror Arises: "A House with a Clock in its Walls" Review

October 29, 2018

     Tick, Tick, Tick. With Halloween right around the corner, nothing is better to watch with your friends than a scary movie. Well, luck is on your side because “A House with a Clock in its Walls” is the best scary kids movie playing at the theaters this fall for many reasons. From its release timing coinciding with Halloween to its complex visual effects. The movie features ten-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) after his parents’ death. At his new school, Lewis learns that his uncle’s house is cursed with a rumor that the previous owner died in that house. Lewis then learns that his uncle is a warlock, or a boy witch, and that he has a dangerous clock that exists in the house’s walls. It is only a matter of time before the clock does something dreadful. It is a race against time to figure out who is running the clock, what it does, and where it is. Their time is running out: Tick, Tick, Tick.

     “A House with a Clock in its Walls” is based on the 1973 novel by John Bellairs which was awarded Book of the Year that same year. The book differs from the movie in many ways like when Uncle Jonathan turned into a baby. The magic and special effects were visually incredible, from galaxy garden to magic spells. Even though the special effects were beautifully constructed, the language for a PG movie was a little strong for its rating. Movie Reviewers agree the film should be for kids 11+, but most parents say 14-16+ years.

     Parent Reviewer TLope from Common Sense Media says, “I took my 10-yr-old son thinking it would be a cute movie. He was so frightened that he requested we leave before it was over. … If you are particular about what your kids see, skip this one.”

     Personally I thought the movie was more creepy than scary. It was like one of those movies where kids go to a graveyard with the feeling of someone watching you. This movie definitely had the a “wow” factor, but also the “scare” factor.

     If you decide to watch this movie, I highly recommend bringing only kids over 12, unless they like being scared. This movie brings everything from good family values to great visual effects, from scary elements to sad and broken friendships. This movie has it all. Great job Eli Roth.

 

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