Based on the 1973 gothic horror novel written John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, The House with a Clock in its Walls tells the story of Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan who goes to live with his uncle Jonathan, only to find out "that both his uncle and his next-door neighbor are witches on a quest to discover the terrifying clock ticking within the walls of Jonathan's house."
With an all-star cast of Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and Kyle MacLachlan bringing the principal characters to life, and relative newcomer Owen Vaccaro taking the role of Lewis, not to mention the backing of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, the prospect of this film being a stunner looks pretty solid. It also happens to be the first of a 12-novel series, so the pressure of delivering a unique creative infusion into an already very Harry Potter-esque concept has to be high.
The House with a Clock in its Walls will also be the first foray into the YA genre for director Eli Roth, known for his innovative and brutal contributions to the decidedly adult horror genre with films like Cabin Fever, Hostel, and The Green Inferno. However, with Roth's interpretation of Gorey's imagery, described by Birth.Movies.Death as "stunning gothic artwork," mixed with an approach to material that needs to appeal to a broad audience, this film could prove to be mind-melting and terrifying all at once.