Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1hr 45m
Normally when you have ticks in your house its high time to call in the fumigators, but for ten-year-old orphan Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) the mysterious ticking heart in the walls of his uncle Jonathan’s house is a sign of something altogether more supernatural.
When Lewis accidentally releases the undead sorceress Selena Izard (Renee Elise Goldsberry) from her tomb she puts plans in motion to wreak destruction upon the town of New Zebedee. Lewis must work with his uncle (Jack Black), a kindly but somewhat inept warlock, and their next-door neighbour Mrs Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), a far more proficient witch, to thwart evil Selena’s campaign.
Director Eli Roth is famous for making adult only horror films like Cabin Fever and Hostel, so don’t expect him to fully shrug off his genre tendencies. Borrowing heavily from the visual stylings of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, The House with A Clock in Its Walls also has an unnecessarily long name and is similarly a creepy, gothic adventure for children craving something a little more ghoulish for the Halloween season.
It’s about time!