movie review: A House with a Clock in its Walls

Genre: Family, fantasy

Rated: PG

Year of Release: 2018

Director: Eli Roth

Summary: 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.

Review:  A decent movie in the least. The magic used was amp up compare to the book, but it was seen to be necessary. Good performance from all the cast. The characters are portraying well from the book with their relationship and all. You feel that they are bound with each other. Backstories are given to all the adult characters. Honestly, the movie could have been darker in the atmosphere. Then again it will be too scary for little kids. Even those I will recommend this to older kids, say eight or nine but it all depends on the kid. I have been going back and forth from the movie to the book and I will say not one is better than the other. Both the book and movie are good standing on their own merits.


  • The moon phase illustrations on Lewis' walls features all 12 constellations of the Zodiac, plus one more: on the right of the door is Ophiuchus, the "13th sign" of the zodiac, and on the left side is Scorpio. These two constellations represent the sun's position during the autumn season of the year, which roughly corresponds to the film's release date (September 2018) and the setting.
  • The story, based on John Bellairs's novel, was previously made as a television episode of CBS Library (1979). The segment was featured in the episode CBS Library: Once Upon a Midnight Scary (1979).
  • For the pumpkin attack scene, all of the pumpkins' gore had to be digitally recolored to a much brighter orange, as it originally looked too much like blood.

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