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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Universal Pictures just released the first trailer for the upcoming Amblin Entertainment film, The House with a Clock in Its Walls. In true Amblin fashion, it sports a mix of childlike wonder and an underlying horror.

Perhaps the most interesting thing here is that this movie comes from director Eli Roth — you know, the torture porn dude. With this new film, he makes his transition into more mainstream fare. While it does look like he’ll be tackling the more horror-like aspects of the flick, I do worry that he won’t have an idea of how to make a movie for kids without talking down to them. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see how that turns out when we see the movie.

Below is the official synopsis for The House with a Clock in Its Walls:

In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls, from Amblin Entertainment. The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.

Based on the beloved children’s classic written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is directed by master frightener Eli Roth and written by Eric Kripke (creator of TV’s Supernatural). Co-starring Kyle MacLachlan, Colleen Camp, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Vanessa Anne Williams and Sunny Suljic, it is produced by Mythology Entertainment’s Brad Fischer (Shutter Island) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), as well as Kripke.

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SOURCE: Universal Pictures

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.