Monster House

  • PG
  • Gil Kenan (2006)
  • US
  • 86 min
Monster House
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Upgrading the motion-capture animation process that Robert Zemeckis pioneered in The Polar Express, first-time director Gil Kenan creates an animated comedy horror with terrific success. Executive produced by Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg, it's a fun and thrilling ride for kids, full of smart jokes for adults, and with plenty of sharp, imaginative detail to delight both. As Halloween approaches, youngsters DJ (Mitchel Musso), Chowder (Sam Lerner) and Jenny (Spencer Locke) must unlock the secret of a creepy haunted house before it swallows the neighbourhood's trick-or-treaters. The traits of these friends echo the successful formula of JK Rowling's Harry Potter stories: a boy, his gawky best friend and their studious female companion. More interesting are the clever visuals that reference horror classics like Freaks and Quatermass and the Pit. With its unique, distinctive storybook-look enhanced by new technology, Monster House is an unforgettable and irresistible adventure.

Plot Summary

Animated comedy horror featuring the voices of Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kathleen Turner. With Halloween approaching, three kids attempt to unlock a haunted house's dark secrets before it swallows up unsuspecting trick-or-treaters.

Cast and crew

Cast

Nebbercracker
Steve Buscemi
Officer Lister
Nick Cannon
Zee
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Reginald "Skull" Skulinski
Jon Heder
Officer Landers
Kevin James
Bones
Jason Lee
Mom
Catherine O'Hara
Constance
Kathleen Turner
DJ Walter
Mitchel Musso
Chowder
Sam Lerner
Jenny
Spencer Locke

Crew

Director
Gil Kenan

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Guidance: 
Scenes that some younger viewers may find disturbing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Aug 2006
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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