Eli Roth interview

Eli Roth has never thought of himself as a horror director, so the Hostel and Cabin Fever director’s first PG-rated and kids-friendly movie, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, isn’t that surprising of a choice for the filmmaker. As Roth sees it, his previous movies led him to directing Amblin’s adaptation of John Bellairs‘ novel, published in 1973. This is exactly the sort of lavish and old school spectacle he’s always dreamed about making.

While obviously tamer, The House with a Clock in Its Walls has the director’s dark, sometimes slapstick sense of humor as well as sequences that scream horror. Whether with a rotting corpse, evil pumpkins, or a hideous creature in the woods at night, Roth gives younger viewers enough credit to have fun with the scares. In addition to paying respect to his audience, the director told us about working with producer Steven Spielberg, his love of Amblin and Gremlins, influences and references, and showing the almighty Cate Blanchett firing a laser gun/magical umbrella.

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the house with a clock in its walls review

Eli Roth delivers his first PG-rated film with The House with a Clock in Its Walls, a spooky, amusing horror story for younger viewers. While there’s plenty of gothic atmosphere, and two delightful performances from Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, Roth never quite figures out how to make The House with a Clock in Its Walls tick.

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the house with a clock in its walls early buzz

Eli Roth, splatter-horror filmmaker extraordinaire, directing a kid’s movie headlined by Cate Blanchett and Jack Black? With a team like that, how could The House with a Clock in its Walls possibly turn out? Apparently, exactly how you’d expect it to turn out, according to critics.

Early buzz of the fantasy film adapting John Bellairs’ 1973 children’s novel of the same name says that The House with a Clock in its Walls has all the hallmarks of its family-fantasy genre and none of the hallmarks of director Roth’s gory repertoire. But that’s fine, because with an enthusiastic Blanchett and Black leading the fantasy film, The House with a Clock in its Walls is perfectly attuned to its target demographic — and not much else.

Find out what critics have to say in our round-up of The House with a Clock in its Walls early buzz.

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House With a Clock in Its Walls Eli Roth

Eli Roth isn’t anyone’s idea of a family filmmaker, and yet the director of Cabin Fever has a new PG-rated adventure hitting theaters soon. The House With a Clock in Its Walls is Roth’s first non-R-rated movie, adapted from children’s book of the same name. So how did the guy who made Hostel end up making a family-friendly film? In a new interview, Roth says the progression was natural, and that Clock in Its Walls harkens back to old school Amblin movies.

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The House With a Clock in Its Walls Trailer

A new House with a Clock in Its Walls trailer is here, and it’s full of charming, spooky fun. The adaptation of John Bellairs‘ book hails from filmmaker Eli Roth, and stars Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. Watch The House With a Clock in Its Walls trailer below.

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Who’d have thought it would be Death Wish director and horror maestro Eli Roth who would be reviving that good ‘ol Steven Spielberg magic?

But he seems to be doing just that in the new fantasy-horror film The House with a Clock in Its Walls, an adaptation of a beloved, spine-tingling gothic children’s novel. And based on the first The House with a Clock in Its Walls trailer, the movie is rife with fantastical elements, awe-inspiring effects, and delightfully witchy performances from Jack Black and Cate Blanchett.
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death wish and john wick

Eli Roth remade Death Wish, and it arrived on life support in theaters this month. To be fair, Roth’s take on Paul Kersey’s vigilante rampage – which traded in a deceased Charles Bronson for a comatose Bruce Willis – reportedly only cost $30 million and recouped nearly half of that in its third-place bow. If the movie has any staying power or decent international numbers (which is questionable, given its uniquely “American” tone), Roth’s Death Wish will probably break even before making a killing on Redbox/VOD, where groups of gun-loving white dudes will undoubtedly drop three bucks, crack a case of Bud, and chuckle along with another round of Roth’s trademark gore porn.

Critically, Roth’s usual brand of Fangoria-ready mayhem was met with rather steadfast resistance, as many critics weren’t morally ready to buy what this natural born carnival barker was selling.

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death wish clip

We may not need a Death Wish remake, but we’re getting one anyway. Eli Roth helms the updated revenge-thriller, which stars Bruce Willis as an angry man who takes the law into his own hands. In the first official Death Wish clip, Willis’ character very calmly decides to shove his daughter into a crawlspace.

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Eli Roth‘s Death Wish is an ill-advised remake, but the film is essentially finished and ready to hit theaters sooner rather than later. In a new tongue-in-cheek attempt to sell the film to a new audience, a Grindhouse-inspired Death Wish trailer attempts to highlight the lighter side of shooting a bunch of people.

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death wish trailer

Bruce Willis with a gun is perhaps one of the most familiar images we could see on the big screen. But there is something quietly discomfiting about Willis wielding a gun in Eli Roth‘s remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson revenge thriller Death Wish.

Perhaps it’s the remarkably unsubtle way that Roth portrays a man dealing with grief after his wife was killed and his daughter rendered comatose by home invaders, producing a trigger-happy thriller about the glories of vigilantism. Perhaps it’s the terrible timing with the U.S. still in disarray over gun laws and mass shootings. But hey, at least we get to see Bruce Willis do what he does best.

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