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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.

Director: Eli Roth
Writers: John Bellairs (novel), Eric Kripke (screenplay)
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Ren?e Elise Goldsberry
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  • caitdawncaitdawn thing of the past Clay Court Specialist
  • C.I.C.C.IC.I.C.C.I Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Paperback
    179 pages
    Copyright 1973

    THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS - John Bellairs


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    TICK TOCK. A MURDEROUS CLOCK

    When Lewis Barnvelt, an orphan comes to stay with his Uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong , Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbor, Mea. Zimmermann, are both witches! Lewis is thrilled. At first, watching magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments wih magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Serenna Izard. It seems that Serenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls -- a clock that could obliterate humankind. And only the Barnvelts can stop it.


    [CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]
    1. Hand of Glory

    2. Clock destroyed by Lewis.

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    DANGER IS TICKS AWAY IN NEW TRAILER OF THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS

     



    Discover a house where magic lives! Watch the new trailer of Universal Pictures’ fantasy adventure The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

     

    About The House with a Clock in Its Walls

    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 inThe 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.

    Based on the beloved children’s classic written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is directed by master frightener Eli Roth and written by Eric Kripke (creator of TV’s Supernatural).  Co-starring Kyle MacLachlan, Colleen Camp, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Vanessa Anne Williams, Lorenza Izzo and Sunny Suljic, it is produced by Mythology Entertainment’s Brad Fischer (Shutter Island) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), as well as Kripke.

    In Philippine cinemas soon, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph

     

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    Opens Sept. 19
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     FIND YOUR MAGIC IN THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS

     


     

    In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Goosebumps) and two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, Thor: Ragnarok) 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 Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro of Daddy’s Home) who goes to live with his eccentric 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.

     

    Based on the first volume in the beloved children’s series of books written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is directed by master frightener Eli Roth and written by Eric Kripke (creator of TV’s Supernatural).

     

    For producer Bradley J. Fischer, it was important to assemble production partners and a director who could do justice to the delightfully weird—but oh-so-accessible—stories of Bellairs.  They would be none other than legendary Amblin Entertainment and director Eli Roth, who knows a thing or two about scaring audiences.  “Amblin brings this story to life in a natural envelope, and Eli was a natural choice to direct,” Fischer gives.  “I always wanted to make one of these movies with a kid at the center who goes on an adventure.  This was a perfect combination of enthusiasm, passion and talent.”

     

    Roth, who has built a career based on much darker scares, was drawn to this PG story for myriad reasons.  It wasn’t just a chance to make the type of movie he had always dreamed of making, it was the shot to partner with Amblin, whose films had arguably some of the biggest influence on him as a child and burgeoning filmmaker.  

     

    The director walks us through an introduction to this world: “There are certain things that give this story an Amblin feel, and I wanted to come out and make the next great Amblin movie.  I want The House with a Clock in Its Walls to be side-by-side with Gremlins and Back to the Future.”  He’s not worried about making younger audiences nervous about the things that go bump in the night.  “I wanted this movie to be very scary, and I think that you can have funny and scary at the same time.  Gremlins showed that, and E.T. did as well.”

     

    For the director, his lifelong interest is in exploring the best and the worst of humanity…as well as the manner in which we handle crisis.  Do we rise to the occasion, or do we crumble?  For him, Lewis’ story of heartbreak and healing allows that.  “How do you deal with and process tragedy?” Roth asks.  “This is a story about terrible things happening, and some want to deal with it by moving forward while others want to turn back time so it never can happen.”

     

    The filmmaker has long had a desire to shoot “a scary kids movie.”  He reflects: “I wanted to do something that felt like Gremlins, E.T. or Time Bandits—something fantastic and Halloween-themed.  This story had pumpkins; it had automatons.  There were so many ingredients and elements in the book and script that I connected to.  Especially Lewis, this misfit kid.  I did not grow up an orphan, but I certainly grew up an outcast and an outsider.”

     

    Roth shares that perhaps some of the best direction he’s ever received was from the head of Amblin himself, a man who knows a thing or two about genre blending.  “I told Steven Spielberg what a seminal experience Poltergeist was for me as a kid, and I wanted to give a new generation of kids those same thrills.  “He gave me amazing advice.  He said: ‘Don’t design it so much that people can’t get into the story.  And most important, make it scary.  Kids love to be scared.’”

     

    In Philippine cinemas September 19, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph

  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator
    WATCH THE "BLACK MAGIC JACK!" FEATURETTE FOR 
    THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS
     

    Universal Pictures has just unveiled a new featurette titled “Black Magic Jack!” in celebration of its upcoming fantasy adventure The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

    Check out the featurette below and watch The House with a Clock in Its Walls in Philippine cinemas September 19.

     


     

    About The House with a Clock in Its Walls

    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.

    Based on the beloved children’s classic written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is directed by master frightener Eli Roth and written by Eric Kripke (creator of TV’s Supernatural).  Co-starring Kyle MacLachlan, Colleen Camp, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Vanessa Anne Williams, Lorenza Izzo and Sunny Suljic, it is produced by Mythology Entertainment’s Brad Fischer (Shutter Island) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), as well as Kripke.

    The House with a Clock in Its Walls is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph

     

  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator

    JACK BLACK, A FUN UNCLE WHO TEACHES MAGIC IN

      THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS

     

     


    For the role of Jonathan Barnavelt in Universal Pictures’ fantasy-adventure The House with a Clock in Its Walls, it was important to the filmmakers to find someone who would serve as the initially frightening relative to live with…who then becomes the really fun uncle to join you on an adventure.  

    For director Eli Roth, the role can be done justice only by comedy superstar Jack Black.

    “Jack just encapsulates all of it,” says Roth.  “It’s hard for me to think of anyone else in the role other than him.  I’d seen him perform live in Tenacious D; I’ve seen all of his movies.  You think of Jack, and you just laugh; he has so much personality, so much charm, and he’s so funny.  But he also has such heart.  In his films like School of Rock or Bernie, he’s an incredible dramatic actor.  He has such humor, life, and such a soulful quality to him.  It’s a dream come true to watch him create this role.”

    The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle Jonathan Barnavelt (Black) 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.

    Black has long thought of himself as a kid at heart, and like his collaborators, he appreciated the fact that Jack Kripke’s script brought the spirit of John Bellairs, author of the book from which the film was based.  Despite its dark themes of loss and tragedy, the story offers lessons, excitement and pure joy.  “This is a movie that kids of all ages can enjoy,” reflects Black, “but we want to give them a thrill.  Sometimes you have to go dark to give them that.”  He particularly appreciates the secret at the story’s core: “They’re living in a house that has a living clock of doom, and they have to disengage the clock to save the world.”

    One of the core themes to The House with a Clock in Its Walls is honoring one’s individuality.  In the film, Jonathan plays certain notes on his saxophone, and it will open up his magic…unique to him.  Black reveals that element is one of his favorites about the story: “Tapping into our unique weirdness is the key to a person’s individual magic.  Let the individuality out.”

    Black was duly excited about Cate Blanchett’s casting as powerful witch Florence Zimmerman, and he remains appreciative of their time on set together.  “The idea of working with Cate was exciting and daunting,” he states.  “I told everyone I knew I was working on a Cate Blanchett movie; I think she’s the best actor in the world.  Blue Jasmine is one of the best performances of all time.”  

    The chemistry between Black and Blanchett is unexpectedly whimsical, and Blanchett and Black had a ball delivering Kripke’s zingers at one another.  “Jonathan and Florence have been long connected through their love of magic,” adds Blanchett, “but also a mutual respect.  They bicker and fight like George and Martha from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.  But they have a deep love of one another, and they understand each other’s foibles—as well as the pain that they’ve both experienced.  There’s a great love between them, as much as they tussle with one another.”

     

    Now playing in Philippine cinemas, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph

  • caitdawncaitdawn thing of the past Clay Court Specialist
    Watched this on Wednesday. Some of the scares were effective (effing dolls and clowns!) but overall the movie was disappointing. Loved the banter between Jack and Cate's characters but even those are far from top-notch stuff. Those two deserved better. Ang pangit din umarte nung bata which was one of the biggest factors of the movie not working for me. I also think Eli Roth was a wrong fit. Baka mas maganda to if someone like Tim Burton directed.
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    caitdawn said:
    Watched this on Wednesday. Some of the scares were effective (effing dolls and clowns!) but overall the movie was disappointing. Loved the banter between Jack and Cate's characters but even those are far from top-notch stuff. Those two deserved better. Ang pangit din umarte nung bata which was one of the biggest factors of the movie not working for me. I also think Eli Roth was a wrong fit. Baka mas maganda to if someone like Tim Burton directed.
    Mukhang okay nga if Tim Burton handled this. But the way the dolls and clowns were handled were really good. Scary and creepy as hell.

    Overall, it was an okay movie. It could be better. I gave it an 8 out of 10 for Jack Black and Cate Blanchett's efforts.

    Also, the coloring was sort of dark when I saw it. It was as dark as DC movies. I hope sa cinema lang yun and it's not how it really looks like.

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