The House With A Clock In Its Walls loses the book’s gothic tone, but gains ’80s-movie magic

The young-adult books of John Bellairs were, above all else, a way for the late author to indulge in his fondness for gothic mystery. Through nearly all of his 15 YA novels, the author installed regal cemeteries, ornate mansions, ancient tomes, and unnatural mist, all in service of eerie supernatural goings-on. These…

Eli Roth, of all directors, brings Amblin magic to the kid-lit horror of The House With A Clock In Its Walls

B

Striking the right tone for a family-friendly horror movie is tricky. You want it to be scary enough to freak out the big kids, but not so scary that the little ones cry and have nightmares for months. Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment banner arguably perfected the formula back in the ’80s with films like …

Steven Spielberg told Eli Roth to scare the shit out of kids with The House With A Clock In Its Walls

We’re less than a month away from the release of The House With A Clock In Its Walls, over-the-top horror auteur Eli Roth’s first foray into the world of PG-rated scares. It’s a pretty serious departure from (or, as he’d term it, evolution of) Roth’s signature style, an attempt to translate his love of horror into…

Eli Roth says Death Wish isn't pro-gun, must have seen a different movie than we did

Having caught an advance screening of Death Wish last week out of pure morbid curiosity, we have to ask—did we watch the same movie as Eli Roth did? Because in a new interview with EW, the director of the Death Wish remake—in which Bruce Willis plays a successful Chicago surgeon who gets cucked when his daughter and…

Neither Death Wish film dares to grapple with the anti-vigilante stance of the novel

Brian Garfield’s 1972 book Death Wish was written as a challenge to audiences. The impulse behind its premise is understandable, even sympathetic: A man craves revenge after his wife is killed and his daughter raped in a horrific attack. With the NYPD unable to catch the perpetrators and seemingly powerless against…

Bruce Willis has a Death Wish in Eli Roth's faithfully fascist, gun-nut remake

D+

There’s bad timing, and then there’s releasing a new Death Wish movie right now. This slick, gory remake of the “classic” Charles Bronson vigilante potboiler was originally scheduled to open last November, before someone reasoned that a movie about an aging white dude on a rampage might not play so hot in the…

The Death Wish trailer proves that yes, someone thought this was a good idea

The Death Wish remake moves the vigilante action from New York to Chicago, in what we hope is just a nod to the ending of the first film, and not some Trump fan service. But as we see in this first trailer, many of the original franchise’s markers remain otherwise in place—Paul Kersey’s (Bruce Willis) wife and…

Joe Carnahan thinks his version of Death Wish would ass-whomp Eli Roth’s

When Joe Carnahan left MGM and Paramount’s remake of the crude ’70s revenge thriller Death Wish, he did it with all the tact and good-neighbor diplomacy of someone calling the studio exec he was dealing with a “gutless turd.” Which is ironic, considering he was trying to bring a more thoughtful and meditative…

Eli Roth unveils teaser for horror movie in space, unclear if he’s serious

So there are a few question marks about this teaser trailer Eli Roth just unveiled on Twitter for a surprise new horror movie set in space that he’s made (is making?). While the idea of a new scary movie set in outer space is great—it’s a pretty small subgenre of horror, despite the long shadow that Alien has cast…

Advertisement