THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS

Empire (UK) - - CINEMA - DJ

★★★ OUT NOW / CERT 12A / 105 MINS

DI­REC­TOR Eli Roth

CAST Owen Vac­caro, Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Kyle Maclach­lan

AF­TER YEARS OF serv­ing up tor­ture porn, Eli Roth switches to some­thing palat­able for pre-teens, com­plete with magic, mon­sters and macabre pup­pets. Or­phan boy Lewis (Vac­caro) moves in with his war­lock un­cle (Black), be­friends the el­e­gant witch next door (Blanchett) and tack­les the mys­tery of a hid­den, tick­ing dooms­day de­vice in his un­cle’s house. The House... is built on prac­ti­cal foun­da­tions; aside from a few CG crea­tures, it has an ap­peal­ing tan­gi­bil­ity, while Roth rig­or­ously or­ches­trates its chills and jump-scares. And while Black’s at­tempt to form a ban­ter­ing dou­ble act with Blanchett doesn’t quite come off, it re­mains a solid creepshow.

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