I am not sure where to begin… I’ll start with two names: Jack Black & Eric Kripke. Now sprinkle in Eli Roth’s debut into family entertainment and you have the oddest cocktail ever!
When you set out to scare, Eric Kripke is your man! One, glorious title Supernatural. Ahhhh, the Winchesters. Now combine Jack Black AND Kate Blanchet, pure magic!
I wasn’t sure how in the world someone from the realm of Supernatural was going to hone it in for a “family” friendly scare but man did he deliver. The House with a Clock in Its Walls was everything!
Louis was weird and it was a celebration to watch. This movie was jam packed with themes: family loss, bullying, the underdog, persistence, believing in yourself and so on.
I left loving the color purple, wanting a ginormous fireplace, feeling the need to burn all dolls and a little afraid of Jack-o-Lanterns. It was G-R-E-A-T.
Scare factor according to The Mob
✔︎ Pre-teens: loved it.
✔︎ Middle schoolers: loved it.
𐄂1st grader: had to sit in my seat and remind me he loved me and thought I “just needed a hug” right at that pumpkin filled moment. No crying. If your youngsters can’t handle the Goosebumps flicks, you might want to wait until they are a bit older and desensitized.
THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS – In Theaters September 21
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.
Executive produced by William Sherak, Tracey Nyberg, Laeta Kalogridis and Mark McNair, The House with a Clock in Its Walls will be released by Universal Pictures. www.housewithaclock.com
Cast: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sunny Suljic and Kyle MacLachlan
Directed by: Eli Roth
Writer: Eric Kripke
Based on the Novel by: John Bellairs
Produced by: Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt, Eric Kripke
Executive Producers: William Sherak, Tracey Nyberg, Laeta Kalogridis, Mark McNair
If you are in need of a quick classic tale, this is the collection for you!
This is not a work of Dahl himself but a compilation of some of his favorite ghost stories (and authors). He read close to 800 stories in the late 1950’s/early 60’s and these are the few that made the cut.Each short story is unique and unexpected. I loved the classic feel of each authors writing– although I did not love every one I read.
Who better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl? Of the many permutations of the macabre, Dahl was always especially fascinated by the classic ghost story. For this superbly disquieting collection, he selected fourteen of his favorite tales by such authors as E.F. Benson, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith Wharton
Includes: “W.S.” L.P. Hartley “Harry” Rosemary Timperley “The Corner Shop” Cynthia Asquith “In the Tube” E.F. Benson “Christmas Meeting” Rosemary Timperley “Elias and the Draug” Jonas Lie “Playmates” A.M. Burrage “Ringing the Changes” Robert Aickman “The Telephone” Mary Treadgold “The Ghost of a Hand” J. Sheridan Le Fanu “The Sweeper” A.M. Burrage “Afterward” Edith Wharton “On the Brighton Road” Richard Middleton “The Upper Berth” F. Marion Crawford
I’m pretty sure reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a rite of passage in childhood; which makes this an easy sell to tweens/teens when trying to get them to dress up! The best part, it is so cheap and quick to throw together, I only had to buy a few supplies for about 10 bucks and BAM props & costume done.
What you need:
Cardboard box (poster board, old box, whatever you can find that is big enough to make the circle)
Light brown paint & dark brown paint (about 97 cents each)
Sheet black poster board (cut odd shaped “chocolate chips”
Large bowl (to trace perfect circle)
Brown headband (I got a pack of three at Dollar Tree)