Steven Spielberg Really Liked A House With A Clock In Its Walls

Cate Blanchett, Jack Black in A House with a Clock in its Walls

The House with a Clock in its Walls is the sort of movie that hopes to offer tension and scares, but of a sort that the whole family can enjoy. It largely harkens back to an early era of film, where movies like Gremlins and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial did something very similar. It's very fitting then that Clock is actually an Amblin Entertainment production, the company run by Steven Spielberg which also produced some of those 80s classics. Spielberg himself has seen the new movie, and according to director Eli Roth, Spielberg thinks the film captures the spirit of those films and carries the torch for a new generation. According to Roth...

I told Steven those Amblin movies were so important to me, it was very important to help continue the brand --- and rebrand it, not make a movie that's imitating that tone, but really something that's in the spirit of those films. Steven said, 'You really did it.' He's like, it's not mocking or imitative. It's truly its own work. The direction, writing, it all holds hands with one another, it's all of a piece, and you're really carrying the torch.' So we'll see how audiences feel about it. I love it. I feel like this generation of kids hasn't seen a film like this in a while.

A generation or two of directors have cut their teeth on Steven Spielberg movies. As kids, they saw Gremlins and The Goonies and films of that ilk and for somebody like Eli Roth, it was a gateway to real horror movies. It has to be special to hear Steven Spielberg himself tell you that your movie captures the spirit of those beloved classics without being derivative.

Eli Roth is generally known for the types of horror movies that would make most adults' stomach churn. The sorts of movies you'd never let your kids see. However, A House with a Clock in its Walls is rated PG, and while it's not without its scares, they are likely of the sort that only kids will actually find all that scary. Perhaps he has made the sort of movie that the younger generation can enjoy, and enjoy being scared by, getting them to check out darker horror movies as they get older.

As we get closer to Halloween the desire for all types of horror, from the mild to the terrifying is going to increase, and it will be nice for families to have movies like The House with a Clock in its Walls.

Of course, as Eli Roth says in his statement to Entertainment Weekly, it will be interesting to see how audiences feel about the movie. If this generation of kids hasn't seen a movie like this, then there's no guarantee this generation will like a movie like this. We'll find out this weekend.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.