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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 ... Rose Rita Pottinger
Charles Green ... Soda Jerk
De'Jon Watts ... Clark (as DJ Watts)
Aaron Beelner ... Clown Automaton
Joshua Phillips Joshua Phillips ... Clown Automaton
Christian Calloway ... Azazel
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA | India | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The House with a Clock in Its Walls See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$68,387,085, 6 December 2018
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Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS: X)| Auro 11.1 | IMAX 6-Track | Dolby Atmos (Dolby Atmos+Vision)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Director Eli Roth's ex-wife, actress Lorenza Izzo, plays Lewis's mother in the film. See more »

Goofs

Jonathan's last name is Barnavelt, the same as Lewis. But it's revealed that Jonathan is Lewis' maternal uncle, so Jonathan should have Lewis' mother's maiden name as his last name, not Barnavelt. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Barnavelt: Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
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Crazy Credits

The Amblin Entertainment logo is the 80s version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The One Show: Episode dated 6 September 2018 (2018) See more »

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Be prepared for your kids to end up in your bed!
22 September 2018 | by ekwood-77026See all my reviews

A friend and I saw this for fun today while our kids were in school. Thank God they weren't with us! While the child in the movie is 10, the scare level is significantly older. Only later did I find out that the director actually intended it to be a "gateway film" into the horror genre for kids. It lived up to it! If mine had seen it I would have them sneaking into our bed for a year, or maybe forever. Parents should know that it is not like Harry Potter. This movie very definitely includes the occult, demons, and creepy dolls that attack people, among other things. If your children are at all sensitive, or for that matter, if you are, give it a miss. As for me, I may or may not be sleeping with a light on tonight and thanking my lucky stars that, as I have boys, I don't have dolls in the house!


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