The House With A Clock in Its Walls

The House With A Clock in Its Walls

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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.
Published: Universal Studios Home Entert.
ISBN: 9786317515208
Branch Call Number: DVD ACTION HOU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (1 hr., 45 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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Dolby digital 5.1, Dolby digital 2.0
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Jul 09, 2020

Scary and fascinating at the same time.
I watched this movie like 5 times! Still gonna watch it at least once more.

JCLKarynH Jul 09, 2020

The House With a Clock in Its Walls is based on the Gothic, horror/ mystery young adult novel of the same name by John Bellairs. I read a lot of his novels in my youth, so I was excited to finally see one adapted into a movie. Owen Vaccaro is excellent as the young orphan, Lewis Barnavelt, who goes to live with his kooky and eccentric uncle Johnathan Barnavelt (Jack Black) at his mansion in New Zebedee, Michigan after the tragic death of his parents in 1955. Lewis meets Jonathan's neighbor, Mrs. Florence Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett) and has a brief friendship with local popular boy, Tarby Corrigan. Lewis learns this his uncle is a mediocre warlock and Mrs. Zimmerman is a skilled witch. Lewis starts training to also become a warlock. Magic isn't an in-born gift, it's a skill to be learned, cultivated and respected, or face the consequences Lewis finds out that the mansion's previous owners, dark warlock and witch power couple, Issac and Selena Izard, hid a doomsday clock in the house. Lewis must work together with his uncle and Mrs. Zimmerman to thwart their evil plans. Jack Black and Cate Blanchett are both hilarious as Jonathan and Mrs. Zimmerman. Their good-natured insults and witty banter were very entertaining. This film got mixed reviews and I understand why. The plot starts out promising. There's magic, a mysterious clock, evil wizards to defeat and childhood angst to be managed, but it derails in the final hours. I liked that the film cleverly addressed how PTSD impacted WWII vets through Issac Izard, whose dark deeds were influenced by his wartime trauma. Renee Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler from the Broadway musical Hamilton) is wasted as Selena Izard. She deserved more screen time. One character, Rose Rita Pottinger, also wasn't used enough. She's important in Bellairs' books, so I think she needed more plot integration. This film has the basic bones of the book, but with a lot departures that I think enhance a movie version. I loved the inclusion of a vintage magic 8 ball as a true magical object. Recommended for fans of Harry Potter and Neil Gaiman books. Some scenes and themes might be too scary for sensitive viewers.

Dec 04, 2019

This dvd kept skipping over damaged areas so much it was unwatchable.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Oct 01, 2019

Cute for families, especially around Halloween.

Sep 13, 2019

NOT a kids movie!
About halfway through, the story shows "black magic" and only gets more demonic about witchcraft until the end. Even has graphic images of the devil. It has a Goosebumps feel, but a little too dark to suggest for young children. Parental guidance is suggested or don't watch it.

Aug 24, 2019

I thought this would be more steampunk esk but it was more of an eccentric 50's feel. The pacing seemed really slow but the movie was different enough that I wanted to finish but also struggled to not turn it off. Definitely a dark magic feel vs "good" fun magic like previews led me to believe. Seems to speak towards children but probably older children as there was some language and content I wouldn't want them expose to yet.

Jul 23, 2019

Enjoyable enough. Great sets. Probably geared more to a children's audience, thus the lack of any real grit. The third act felt a bit rushed, but overall not too shabby.

Jul 12, 2019

I liked this movie. Funny, exciting, good movie. It shows that it’s ok to be yourself and don’t listen to people who don’t like you for you. If you like magic, family, friendship and Jack Black, then this is the movie to see. I would see it multiple times and sad I missed it on the big screen. It was a movie worth the ticket price.

Jul 05, 2019

this was a good movie. i liked that it was like goosebumps kinda

Jun 15, 2019

I enjoyed this one ....maybe not as much as others but I still enjoyed it

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Jul 09, 2020

green_wolf_1897 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

May 19, 2019

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Feb 24, 2019

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May 01, 2019

A decent movie nothing horrible about it. Kinda reminds me of the Adams Family?

you use the litterbox people laughed i did too i didn't laughed in a good way cause a man kept telling me to be quiet i never heard beffy of swans people laughed the cat trun to a rainbowcat i think people laughed a guy went up the chair sounded like a goose i said i think somethings burng hes sleeping but he didn't care the man i thought he was talking to himslef not a lady when he flips the covers over the bed i said it's just like merry poppins i saw Merry Poppins retruns in teathers i have a Golden class colletcion of Merry Poppins on vhs the mouth is sad in teathers and now when the boy said he'll find his friend a curvbook spell i said what hes showing it to him then his friend wants to see whats in the shelve a lady laughed she said brad your back hair i didn't see he has a bear on the nighttable in teathers untill now when she said well you found it i thought she is mean but my brother said its his mom my dad knew a guy is gonna be there and we said see i told you i didn't see he was sitting near in teathers after he read the book i was like nothing then the sound made me jump he's coming home and play made me laugh at home she asked him if thats she asked him if thats enugh to keep issic out oh yes maybe people laughed she said if they found him who raised him from the dead they are gonna be very sorry and i said he did it i didn't know she is gonna bring choccolate chip cookies when a bag said woody i said woody remines me of Toy Story people laughed that the bag had lessice cream but then he had more by magic then less everyone laughed when johnathin hit the table all the gumballs flew out in the store and she said will take the gumballs too people laughed i heard lord magic not blood magic i didn't know she is really a black lady and skinny and she said she killed the really mess handshake she is really bad it made me scared chageing into his mother it made people laughed that johathin was pushed up the window and flaria put a coatrack up his butt when i saw his tongue i said ew in teathers when he said son of i thought he will say a b word when he said with the help of a friend we laughed when he saw his face when he said so creepy people laughed i thought he will say cause you cheatted not you genus it scared when a boy stand grab his leg i said it remies me of Goosebumps 2 the movie a man beside me was laughing i wanted too laugh but i could't cause he kept telling me to be quiet he laugh when he's crying as he was crying a man was still laughing i didn't think its funny and a man laughed that he peed i just said weaird i didn't think it's funny hes son was crying at a scary part it was this part with a man laughing i think i said in theathers was hes young people laughed a man laughed that jack said don't tell florace about the baby bady i kind of laughed but i really didn't feel like it cause he made me sad when the griffin pooped on the chair people laughed bad kitty use the litterbox i laughed she said cleanily there is more then one child here eat up i said a crying chair and i kind of did laugh.

oinessj Feb 10, 2019

Do not watch this with kids under 10 at minimum. I watched this with my 5 and 8 year old and we were all terrified. When the demon licks an open wound on the hand of a dead person, that was it, off it went and my kids haven't slept in days since. NOT A KIDS MOVIE!!!


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Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are some frightening scenes with monsters, demons, and dolls. I would recommend kids no younger than 12 watch this show.


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