The Plot: After losing his parents, the young Lewis goes to live with his uncle Jonathan in his strange mansion. Soon he discovers that the uncle is a warlock and that his friend Florence is a witch; there’s also a clock hidden somewhere in the walls of the house.
The Movie: The idea of a juvenile horror movie directed by gore master Eli Roth is a very strange one and I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it so much. Yes, it’s juvenile, but it works! Roth builds some suspense and the toys scene is scarier than anything that happens in THE NUN.
It’s true, I don’t like Jake Black, but he has chemistry with the great Cate Blanchet and their dialogues are funny in an almost naïve way. As the kid, Owen Vaccaro is sweetly weird without being irritating and Kyle MacLachlan looks like he’s loving his character.
The movie has a very inspired production design and plenty of imagination to keep us really entertained and glued to our chairs. Its humor isn’t for everyone’s taste, but it works in the context of the action and don’t be fooled, this may be for children, but it’s dark and I’m sure the smaller ones will probably be scared... That’s a good thing, right?
My Rate: 7 (from 1 to 10)