Eli Roth collaborating with Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Entertainment is something that you’d think would never happen in a million years. One dives into the world of horrors beyond anyone’s imagination and the other explores the world of imagination. But with the right material, the two could be paired nicely. That’s what we are getting with Roth’s adaptation of The House with a Clock in Its Walls.
Based on John Bellairs‘ children story, with illustrations by Edward Gorey, the film follows Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), who moves into his uncle’s (Jack Black) creepy old house with a mysterious ticking clock and ends up accidentally waking up the dead. Check out the full trailer below.
Honestly, this looks like a lot of fun. It’s got just the right amount of mystery, intrigue, fun, and spine-tingling creepiness. The “ticking” whispers that can be heard throughout the trailer just gave me the chills. And we get to see Cate Blanchett in yet another family friendly film, and this time she isn’t a vindictive evil stepmother, but an interesting next door neighbor who also happens to be a witch.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls, from Amblin Entertainment. The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sunny Suljic, and Kyle MacLachlan also star.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls opens in theaters on September 21, 2018.