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The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)

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A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.

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Eli Roth

Writers:

Eric Kripke (screenplay by), John Bellairs (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Black ... Jonathan Barnavelt
Cate Blanchett ... Florence Zimmerman
Owen Vaccaro ... Lewis Barnavelt
Kyle MacLachlan ... Isaac Izard
Renée Elise Goldsberry ... Selena Izard
Colleen Camp ... Mrs. Hanchett
Sunny Suljic ... Tarby Corrigan
Lorenza Izzo ... Mother
Braxton Bjerken ... Woody Mingo
Vanessa Anne Williams Vanessa Anne Williams ... Rose Rita Pottinger
Ricky Muse ... Bus Driver (as Ricky Lynn Muse)
Charles Green ... Soda Jerk
De'Jon Watts ... Clark (as DJ Watts)
Aaron Beelner ... Clown Automaton
Joshua Phillips Joshua Phillips ... Clown Automaton
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Storyline

Lewis Barnavelt, after losing his parents, is sent to Michigan to live with his uncle Jonathan. He discovers his uncle is a warlock, and enters a world of magic and sorcery. But this power is not limited to good people: Lewis learns of Isaac Izard, an evil wizard who constructed a magical clock with black magic, as long as it exists it will keep ticking, counting down to doomsday. He died before he could finish the clock, but he hid the clock in his house, where Uncle Jonathan now lives. Now Lewis and Jonathan must find the clock before it finishes its countdown and ends the world.

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Rated PG for thematic elements including sorcery, some action, scary images, rude humor and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,608,020, 23 September 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$68,549,695

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,457,147
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

After Uncle Jonathan conjures the stars and planets in the garden, the topiary griffin (a lion-eagle hybrid) plays with the constellation Leo (the lion). See more »

Goofs

Florence tells Lewis that the Brothers Grimm wrote Grimms' Fairy Tales in the Black Forest which is in Schwarzwald Germany. In reality they wrote the tales in Kassel Germany which at the time of the writing would have been a full day's travel away from the Black Forest. See more »

Quotes

[the clock strikes]
Jonathan Barnavelt: Three gongs... last time it was four. What happens when it gets down to one?
Mrs. Zimmerman: Nothing good, that's for certain.
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Featured in The One Show: Episode dated 6 September 2018 (2018) See more »

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Must Be Fallin' in Love
Written by Anthony Gourdine and Paul Winley
Performed by Anthony Gourdine (as Little Anthony) & The Duponts
Courtesy of Phase One Network, Inc.
By arrangement with Fine Gold Music
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Decent Waste of Time
19 September 2018 | by southdavidSee all my reviews

Orphaned and sent to live with his Uncle Johnathan (Jack Black), Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) soon discovers that his Uncle is a Warlock, and his neighbour Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett) is a witch. Together the three of them investigate the mansion that their living in - that formally belonged to a powerful and evil Warlock Issac Izard (Kyle MacLachlan), particularly the mysterious ticking that they can hear at night, seemingly coming from within the walls themselves.

Truth be told, I am probably much older than the target audience for this one. The reviews have talked about this being Eli Roth's first family friendly film but there isn't honestly a lot for the parents in the audience to sink their teeth into. The performances are generally OK, although Jack Black does resort to "Jack Black" a few more times than is really necessary. The story is OK, though it ends somewhat abruptly. Occasionally the CGI is a bit of a let-down, but this is the exception rather than the norm, in fact most of the time the film is visually charming..

It is occasionally a little too scary for some of the younger children who might see it, but most would cope without any issues.

The trouble is that it doesn't really add up to very much. You're unlikely to hate it but you probably won't love it either.


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