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Trailer: ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls,’ Starring Jack Black

The director Eli Roth made his name with adults-only horror films like “Hostel,” but he’s setting out to scare a younger audience with “The House With a Clock in its Walls,” which has just released its first trailer.

As if the unseen ticking timepiece weren’t creepy enough, the home also features such haunted-house standbys as suits of armor, jack-o’-lanterns and a tentacled monster that pops out of a closet. “That’s safe?” Lewis asks. His uncle reassures him, “As long as it’s fed.”

Mr. Roth, whose recent reboot of “Death Wish” misfired at the box office, seems to have drawn visual inspiration from both Edward Gorey (who illustrated the 1973 book) and Steven Spielberg. The trailer opens with throwback logos for Universal Pictures and Mr. Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, homages to the filmmaker’s early classics like “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”
New York Times
Mar. 27, 2018

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