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13-year-old DJ is observing his neighbor Nebbercracker on the other side of the street in the suburb that destroys tricycles of children that trespass his lawn. When DJ’s parents travel on the eve of Halloween and the abusive nanny Zee stays with him, he calls his clumsy best friend Chowder to play basketball. But when the ball falls in Nebbercracker’s lawn, the old man has a heart attack, and soon they find that the house is a monster. Later the boys rescue the smart Jenny from the house and the trio unsuccessfully tries to convince the babysitter, her boyfriend Bones and two police officers that the haunted house is a monster, but nobody believes them. The teenagers ask their video-game addicted acquaintance Skull how to destroy the house, and they disclose its secret on the Halloween night.

Also Known As: Monster House: la casa de los sustos Dominican, Neighbourhood Crimes & Peepers, A Casa Fantasma, Дом-монстр, Будинок-монстр, Hisa posasti, Zemeckis/Spielberg Motion Capture Project, Kuća monstrum, Monster House - Casa e un monstru!, Το τερατόσπιτο, Monsterhuset, Monster House, Casa e un monstru!, Rém rom, To teratospito, Čudovišna kuća, Namas monstras, Monsteritalo, Monster house - La casa de los sustos, La maison monstre, Canavar ev, Huis van het Monster, A Casa Monstro, V tom dome straší, Monster House: La casa de los sustos, Къща-чудовище, Guàishòu wu Hong, Straszny dom, Khaneh-ye hayula, V tom domě straší! Czech, Monsuta hausu

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  • tt
    TT

    It’s not playing 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • cedrin-manole
    cedrin manole

    Goosebumps, if not familiar, was a series of novels from the 90s which dealt with various spooky, unexplained, supernatural, and just plain weird stories meant for kids to take in in all its simplicity and imagination (or re-imagination to put it another way). Monster House is kind of like one of the books never written put up on the screen with an extra dosage of some funny moments and lots of visual tricks up the animator’s sleeves. It’s directed by first-timer Gil Keenan and written by a group that seems like they’re more into older-animation (or at least not usually for the kiddies) and other comedy by their career rosters. But probably the biggest reason I decided first to see the film was because of the exec producer credits belonging to Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. I’m not sure what their input was on the film, but it feels like one of those 80s era horror film or adventure type works that they were attached to (Poltergeist, the Goonies, and a few of Zemeckis’s recent horror movie productions come to mind). It’s a family horror comedy that actually has some characters for kids to connect and root for, with a little more development past the conventions, and a host of supporting characters that are actually as funny for adults and older teens as they might be for kids.And the creativity in the animation department is some of the best I’ve seen in non-Pixar computer animated films so far. The house itself, possessed by a dead fat woman named Constance (Kathleen Turner surprisingly enough), is quite the marvel that really does make a good chunk of the enjoyment in the picture. The little twists and dark turns inside the house are like the best possible clichés of a haunted house turned inside out with added human-features (including a good joke about a part of the anatomy at one point). When the film goes into its final act and the house then literally lifts off of its foundation after the kids, it really becomes an entertaining spectacle where cliffhanging moments are abound and there’s always time for a grin. In fact, it’s really something to see how the humor in the film is not overly juvenile or predicated on excrement jokes, but more on behavior and stuff kids relate to- being talked down to, boys clumsiness around girls, and fears of what may possibly be where they’d rather not look.And making up the characters is a very good voice roster including Steve Buscemi as the old man Nebbercracker, Fred Willard & Catherine O’Hara as the parents, a nice crop of talented kid actors (Mitchell Musso, Sam Lerner and Spencer Locke), and others like Jason Lee, John Heder and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Like a good kid’s horror book it delivers on some interesting bits involved in the mystery of the crux of the story, while as an animated feature it delivers on being engrossing (and fun) entertainment in its execution. It’s also a blast, if you happen to get the chance, to see it in its limited run in 3-D. In short, I’m sure if I was younger I would’ve liked it even more, but as it is it’s one of the more successful diversions in animated film this summer.

  • kaitlin-webb
    kaitlin webb

    I wouldn’t say this movie was brilliant. But I would certainly say it was really, really good. Especially for a “kids movie.” It’s probably a little much for small children. I would describe it as a Horror Movie for kids, so if you’re a parent and you feel your children are easily freaked out or you are evil and refuse to let them watch anything fun, you may want to view it yourself first. All I could think about while watching it was, “Man, I wish this had come out when I was 12.” I think it hearkens back to the kinds of kids movies I grew up on, kids movies that had some edge to them (Goonies, Gremlins, Dark Crystal, Ghostbusters, etc.)I highly recommend seeing the movie in 3-D, if you can still find a theater showing it. I normally hate 3-D because it looks like crap (Superman Returns’s 3-D sucked, for example.) But I’m assuming since this was computer animated it simplified the process. Frankly, seeing it in 3-D probably elevated my opinion of the story. Everything just seemed more interesting.

  • emma-lourenco
    emma lourenco

    I firmly believe Monster House is the best animated film of 2006. I did like Happy Feet and Cars, but Monster House beats them both in my opinion. It is superbly animated, with the colours really bold and the character designs and backgrounds really interesting. I also liked the music, which further added to the atmosphere, while the story is briskly paced and smartly written. My favourite assets though are the script and characters. The characters are brilliantly written and wonderfully voiced, while the script is witty and inquisitive. Overall, I love Monster House and strongly recommend it for pretty much anybody really. 10/10 Bethany Cox

  • duro-curic
    duro curic

    Pros: 1. Some genuinely scary moments. There are a couple really clever spooky scenes in this film, one involving a moving shadow and another involving a demented old man.2. Some nice nods to Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and “Rear Window”, as the three children spy on a sinister house through a telescope.3. Some pretty clever camera work. Director Gil Kenan’s orchestrates several neat flourishes worthy of Welles. Watching this film in 3D, I was also impressed with the use of shadows. It’s a pretty creepy looking film.4. Captures the whole “suburban fantasy” feel of Zemeckis’ and Spielberg’s early work (ie ET, Poltergeist, Back to the Future etc).5. One of the first animated films to use motion capture technology. “The Polar Express” did this a year earlier, but married the captured performances to “realistic” looking characters. Here the technology is used to apply realistic motion to more overtly cartoonish models.7. Two or three funny nods to “Forrest Gump”.Cons: 1. Forgettable characters. Our 3 heroes are pretty bland.2. Like most CGI flicks, the last half hour degenerates into loud and annoying action spectacle. I had this same problem with “Surf’s Up”. What starts off as an unconventional and charming flick, eventually ends up in mindless Hollywood territory.3. Inside the house is pretty unimaginative. All the horror and mystery is lost once the kids go indoors.7.5/10 – Outside of PIXAR, this is one of the most imaginative and entertaining animated films of recent years. Worth one viewing.

  • sanna-rautio
    sanna rautio

    The animation was incredible – best rendering yet, and the character movements so mimic how real people move it’s very easy to forget you’re watching an animated movie. It’s for kids, but not for the littlest ones. My six year old got too scared to continue about 1/4th of the way in and she had to take him home. It lightened up later, but the scary set up was too much for him to get through. Steve Bucemi’s Nebbercracker was great. I’ll go back and see it again when it comes out in digital 3D later. You can see that it was set up to be a good 3D flick from the beginning. All in all very well done film; but my kid will have to be seven or eight to handle the scary set-up.

  • bahittin-sezer
    bahittin sezer

    Douglas J. Walters (“DJ” ) is a preteen boy who is observing his neighbor, Nebbercracker, for a long time. Nebbercracker lives on the other side of their street, and is well known for his bad mood and terrible manners towards the children of the neighbor. D.J. is almost sure that Nebbercracker’s house has some kind of monster inside of it, since weird things happens there, even when Nebbercracker is hospitalized and the house should be quiet.When D.J.’s parents travel , it’s his chance along with his friends Jenny and Chowder, to know the truth about the house. What they don’t know, is that a mysterious secret is hidden in it, that is also the reason for Nebbercracker’s bad mood.”Monster House” is a cute animation, but I found it too weak to be nominated to an Academy Award. The movie doesn’t scare ( as the title of the movie would imply something frighting ), has flaws (like no one watching the house moving, except the children) and the story is very silly, even for kids in their 9’s and 10 years old. I miss great animations like Ice Age,Finding Nemo, Monsters S.A. and Shrek (thanks God the third movie of the series will be released this year!); this movie cannot be compared to them, unfortunately, and I would only recommend it to younger kids.

  • diego-freitas
    diego freitas

    Three things make up a good action/comedy: A dangerous task, hilarious yet loving characters, and action scenes that scar in your mind. Monster House took these rules and surpassed them for miles! The main characters (the heroic, puberty-cursed DJ, the clumsy sidekick Chowder, and the cute-for-a-girl Jenny) are simply brilliant. They are all very realistic (in attitude, anyway) and their small childish comments in the face of danger (“I kissed a girl…on the lips!”) make them believable and memorable. Their humor and actions resemble those of the characters in The Goonies, which this movie greatly resembles itself. Fans of Goonies will feel somewhat at home when watching this film.The side characters are your typical from-the-kid’s-point-of-view grown-ups who don’t quite understand, or believe, what the children are saying (babysitter, police officers, angry neighbor). They are all amazing performances, even the video game-obsessed Skull, voiced by Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder, who simply comes back to play yet another nerd.The storyline was somewhat ridiculous, but still made for an extremely interesting movie. The scary, Gollum-looking, kleptomaniac Nebbercracker is…er…no longer living in the scary “house across the street.” However, DJ notices that the house itself is still alive, taking its vengeance out on anything that steps on its lawn. With Halloween in just two days, he and Chowder think of ways to prove to adults that the house is, in fact, evil. When Chowder catches eye of the adorable, red-headed Jenny, selling candy door-to-door, approaching the Monster House, the two boys save her, thus forming a sort a friendship that continues throughout the entire movie. The best moments between the three are up in DJ’s room while DJ and Chowder are trying to impress the girl. Oh, how I laughed. Another priceless scene is between the babysitter, Z, and Jenny as the young girl tries to sell the wicked teenager Halloween candy. It was very sarcastic, smart, and hilarious.The voice acting was superb and the effects were top-notch. In my personal opinion, this topped Disney/Pixar’s Cars by a mere hair. It was very close, but Monster House has the wit, the sarcasm, the excitement, and the characters that keep you interested and sometimes breathless throughout the entire film.I’ve seen three movies this year that have instantly because new favorites of mine overnight: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Click, and Monster House. This movie is destined to become a cult classic. But, then again, would you expect any less from Robert Zemekis and Steven Spielberg? Great, trippy, bizarre, and hilarious film!

  • andrea-walters
    andrea walters

    there was something about Mr Nebbercracker that provoked suspicion about just how terrible a guy he really was. the fact that i wondered about this is, in my opinion, a testament to the superior animation and performances in this film. The characters were well fleshed out as well. How many of us have had best friends like Chowder? Or a baby-sitter like Zee? And Jenny, the very wise preppy with a great business mind, was vulnerable yet courageous, a theme applicable to almost every character. i am a fan of everyone in this film: Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal.Kevin James, Kathleen Turner, Jason Lee,Catherine O’Hara and Fred Willard, and the kids portrayed by Michael Musso, Sam Lerner and Spencer Locke…everyone was convincing, empathetic, and engaging. This collaboration by Zemekis and Spielberg delivered an excellent piece which we’ve come to expect from these two masters. The direction by Gil Kenan had a great mix of scariness and compassion; and the screenplay is a star unto itself. What i enjoyed the most about this film, is the tenderness and devotion, courage and tenacity shown by the lead characters. And of course, Mr Nebbercracker. Ir’s about love, after all. Ir’s a great family film, perhaps for older children as well as adults, and it has a kind message disguised within an ‘animated’ horror. And the dual meaning applies. Ir had it’s scary moments for sure. and an interesting, although guessable, story line.But this didn’t take away anything from the film. I enjoyed it quite a lot, and wouldn’t hesitate to take my niece or nephew or friends’ child just to see it again. OK. so i’d watch it again by myself or with another adult too. Highly recommended!

  • deak-julianna-klaudia
    deak julianna klaudia

    This film was just fabulous. Digital animation of people is supposed to be really difficult; this film made it look effortless. Unlike most animated films, the camera angles weren’t static; the illusion of reality was heightened by a sense that there was a camera on-set with carefully planned pans and tracking shots. Oddly enough, I thought the basketball game early in the film was one of the best pieces of animation throughout (though it had little to do with the plot). Take note of the unsteady camera effect. (This reminded me of the CGI in “Firefly” — the shaking camera is a particularly cool effect when you know that the entire scene is artificially created).The story and characters were fabulous as well. I took my five-year-old to see it and he wasn’t unpleasantly scared… he just thought it was cool. I can’t wait for the DVD to come out — hopefully at Halloween. What a great film!

  • kylie-stone-dvm
    kylie stone dvm

    This was my favorite Halloween movie as a kid. I loved the animation and the story. For a kid it’s scary and funny! I dunno why it got such a low rating. It’s a hidden gem in my eyes!

  • toomas-kolk
    toomas kolk

    Interestingly this received a mixed reception upon release, but as time has gone on it slowly garnered a following. I can see why, especially for younger audiences. Halloween films designed for the whole family are rare these days and I do think this was released way ahead of its time. A couple of kids believe their neighbour’s house is actually alive after the owner is rushed to hospital. Conducting their own little investigation, the kids are involved in a story that is slightly more personal and evokes sympathy. This is an unusual film, considering it’s produced by Zemeckis and Spielberg. It’s got the 80’s adventure vibe that Spielberg is famous for and a similar style animation that Zemeckis used for “The Polar Express”. This is one of those rare films where my score flips constantly, this time between a six and seven. There are many great elements. The inclusion of subtle horror and terror blends well with the witty script. Not enough to scare everyone but an adequate amount to frighten children. The characters were memorable and full of life, each hosting a differing personality so that the dialogue bounces back and forth consistently between them. The narrative moves along at a rapid pace, in fact rather impeccably well. The most important thing, and the major thing I’m sure you all took away from this, is that it teaches you what a uvula is. Literally. Whenever I think about this film, instantly the uvula pops into my mind. The biggest problem however is the third act. It’s completely preposterous to a point where I’m thinking “…surely someone is going to see the giant house walking down the street attacking children?”. The animation is slightly polygonal occasionally which does take you out of the film. However, it’s a good Halloween film that captures the magic of older similar films. It only gets better with age, just prepare yourself for a stupid ending.

  • nancy-franco
    nancy franco

    A lot of people will talk about how emotional the old people scenes in the animated movie UP are, however when taken with sombre reflection it is clear that the story arc of the old man NebberCracker in Monster House is far more emotional and well written. The old people in UP live out a full and happy lifetime. There really is nothing to be sad about, because they both lived long, normal and happy lives during that segment. The same cannot be said for Monster House. Their lives were not ones of happiness, as the woman Constance was tormented and ridiculed. All they had was each other, which was what made her premature death in a tragic cement mixer accident so tragic. Not only that, but in stark contrast to the old man from UP in Monster House the memory of her literally poisons Nebbercracker’s entire home. Everything that once filled him with joy traps him and isolates him from everyone around him, until people literally celebrate when they hear (incorrectly) that he has died. The sheer tragedy of Dan Harmon’s masterpiece is finally brought home when the house is destroyed and we see the last trace of her disappear from his life forever, but he cries with joy because he is finally free, echoing the sober theme of the entire movie that looking to the past is dangerous and poisonous. When compared to the epic tragedy that is Monster House, the old lady dying in UP makes me laugh.

  • ilie-tomescu
    ilie tomescu

    Never smiled so much in 90 minutes made me cry my dog is better than yours

  • diana-villemson
    diana villemson

    I guess you could label this an “edgy animated film.” It’s certainly wasn’t made with little kids in mind. If it was, that was a mistake because this a pretty scary film in parts – much to much for the little ones.The “edginess” isn’t just the violence (a Halloween-type scary house and the comes alive and attacks people), it’s most of the characters. They are typical Hollywood-young people meaning they have “attitudes.” They aren’t exactly sweet, lovable people, except for the one young boy “D.J.” (voiced by Mitchel Musso). The dialog on the kids – two boys, the babysitter and her boyfriend – make this more of a film for teens and younger adults. The “attitude” means wise-remarks and general obnoxiousness and rebellious attitudes. The worst in that attitude category is D.J.’s friend “Chowder,” the kind of guy who talks you into doing things that wind up getting YOU in trouble.The best part of the film, besides the animation, is the unpredictability of the story. You kept wondering what was going to happen next. That made the 91 minutes go by pretty fast. It’s a simple story but very entertaining despite the not-so-great-role models and, as most pictures do, has a good message and a few heartwarming scenes at the end.

  • krystyna-bernatek
    krystyna bernatek

    I saw this film as part of a free screening I took my little sister to and was ready for an immature piece of fluff. Preparing for restless children making bathroom trips and throwing an occasional tantrum overshadowing a mediocre movie I was happily proved wrong. Too many CG-generated films ride on the spectacle of the animation technique keeping audiences in awe while forgoing story. While jaws drop at impossible camera angles and while 3-D rendered characters being stretched in a 2-D way we all play spot/ear the celebrity voice. The Dennis Leary as a ladybug joke can only be taken so far. Perhaps a bar is being set by Pixar to work from an entertaining script like “The Incredibles” that would make an good movie no matter how it was made. Drawing from the neighborhood ghost story and a dash of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Shunned House” Amblin delivered an entertaining popcorn movie that ranges in age appeal. The humor could have easily fallen into stereotypical characters, the familiarity of the story, and bathroom laughs, but maintains irony and, while not naive, maintains a reverence for the innocence of the characters and no doubt much of the young audience. This is a popcorn movie, no doubt, and not every gag is spot on, but it makes for a good matinée and a pretty good introduction to horror movies for a younger crowd. As a fan of animation I walked into a second-run screening of “The Iron Giant” and loved it. For me seeing a good movie outside of hype is a lot of fun. I know my expectations were low and the movie was free but I thought it was pretty cool.

  • spartak-frhangyan
    spartak frhangyan

    First of all, let me establish that I have never been impressed by the 3D process. The best that I had previously seen was “Ghosts of the Abyss”, but there were still too many glitches for my eye to really buy into the process. I never had a chance to see “Polar Express” in 3D, but wasn’t really anxious too because of my previous lackluster responses to the 3D experience. Then came “Monster House”….I have NEVER seen anything like this before. The story itself is entertaining and very reminiscent of the type of movie that Steven Spielberg would have made in the early 80’s, but the 3D element makes it an EVENT! If you have a choice to see this in a regular theater or in 3D, do not hesitate to see it 3D! From the moment the title comes on screen, I knew I was going to see a level of realism in the 3D process that I had never experienced before. In fact, seeing “Monster House” in a regular theater might be akin to seeing all of “The Wizard of Oz” in black and white. It would severely diminish the potential impact of the film. “Monster House” was obviously envisioned as a 3D experience and the technical process envelopes you in the story and the world in which it takes place in a way that is so immediate and palpable.Lest you think that only the technique is worthy of praise, let me mention that the script, the performances, the direction, the score are all of the fun, adventurous spirit of all the best movies I remember from my youth. It has the feel of “E.T.”, “The Goonies”, even a little bit of “Poltergeist”, just a lot more kid-friendly. The movie isn’t extraordinary, but it’s a heck of a lot of fun. So a giddy 8 stars for the movie, but an enthused 10 stars for the experience. PLEASE, do yourself the favor of seeing this on a 3D screen!

  • jorj-at-orhakalyan
    jorj at orhakalyan

    The graphics are incredible for the year of the film, the amazing story, the characters are unforgettable.aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhVIVA ESPAÑA!

  • thomas-duncan
    thomas duncan

    Looking out his window, DJ (Mitchel Musso) sees a creepy-looking house (Kathleen Turner). It’s owned by Mr Nebbercracker (Steve Buscemi), who really doesn’t want people on his lawn. Toys that end up there disappear, taken by Nebbercracker to discourage trespassing. DJ catalogs the lost items, but his parents (Catherine O’Hara and Fred Willard) aren’t interested in his observations of the house. Just before Halloween, his parents leave him home, in the care of babysitter Elizabeth (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who prefers the nickname “Z”. His friend “Chowder” (Sam Lerner) visits, and joins his observation of the house. They spot Jenny (Spencer Locke, who is a girl whose parents stuck her with a boy’s name) about to try to sell Halloween candy to Nebbercracker, and hurry to talk her out of approaching the house. Before long, they discover that Nebbercracker isn’t the only thing that’s creepy about the house. The house, it seems, has a life of its own.This movie started as a script that sat unproduced for years, for want of technology and the right people to make it. The technology that went into it turned out to be the same sort of animation as _The Polar Express_, digital animation based on motion capture. Like _Polar_, it has a stylized look rather than attempting photorealism, but instead of taking the look of paintings in a book, it took the look of extremely detailed dolls and doll accessories. But with motion capture driving the movements of the characters, they end up with a lot of personality, which overrides their stylized look. The animation is least effective in the climax scene at the end, where it exaggerates the action just a bit too far for my tastes, but even there it’s pretty good. Most of the time the animation is excellent, with just the right degree of exaggeration to fit the stylized look. The sets are very good, particularly a construction site near the house. I’d rate the animation very good.More important than the technology is the story. What really makes the images on the screen interesting is the way they serve the story. Comparing with _The Polar Express_ again highlights the point — this movie had a solid story, compared with _Polar_, which expanded a very thin children’s book into a feature-length story. This movie’s story isn’t in a class with the best of Pixar, but the film-makers are clearly aware of the fact that the strength of the story is very important. I’d rate the story very good.The voice and motion capture performances, shot in only 34 days, are almost all excellent. My favorite was Maggie Gyllenhaal, who was wonderful in her supporting part as babysitter “Z”. The least satisfying, I thought, was Jon Heder (as video-game master “Skull”), and he was good, just not great. Even Kathleen Turner, as the house, performed in the motion capture space, moving around in a neighborhood constructed of foam. I really hope that the director wasn’t joking when he said he might include her motion capture video as a DVD extra. Nick Cannon, as a rookie police officer, was probably the funniest character, relative to his screen time.Kathleen Turner’s presence in the cast is a bit of a nod to executive producer Robert Zemeckis, who cast her as Jessica Rabbit in _Who Framed Roger Rabbit_. She was thrilled by the part, which gave her a grotesque role to mirror her glamorous role as Jessica Rabbit. Other Zemeckis references are more obvious. Most obvious one is in the opening, featuring a leaf. Another deals with a basketball — originally an accident during production. Others may exist, but it’s not packed with pop culture references like the _Shrek_ movies.Directing an animated film is different in a lot of ways from directing live action, which makes it more complicated to rate. Directing this movie involved directing both the motion capture performances and the camera positioning. The director took the script, and made complete storyboards from it. From those, he made an animatic, which guided the way he directed the motion capture shoot. Because of the way character interactions affected the results, he said that he ended up throwing out all the storyboarding, but I’d guess he meant that figuratively. The character interaction looked really good, better than almost any animated movie I’ve seen. I’d rate the directing excellent, in a class with Pixar.Overall, I’d rate the movie very good, mostly on the strength of the story. Kids are usually easy to please, and they’ll probably find the movie excellent. Adults are harder to please. Where _Shrek_ emphasizes pop culture references for adult appeal, this movie targets adults’ memories of childhood, effectively drawing adults into enjoying it like the kids in the audience.Credits: There are a few additional scenes after the credits begin. Don’t run out right away. Stick around at least until the fine-print credits roll.Personal appearances: The director, Gil Kenan, and a couple of the producers (I don’t know which ones, but not Spielberg or Zemeckis) were there. The director took questions from the audience, and answered very enthusiastically — he seemed like he was thrilled to see his film in front of a real audience, and not burned out from hearing the same questions over and over. He was really nice to the kids in the audience, and behaved like he was new to the experience of being the center of attention. He signed lots of autographs (including one for me), and seemed genuinely pleased that people cared enough to ask. That’s a reaction that one might expect for the director of something obscure, but uncommonly nice for the director of a big-budget summer movie.The US rating is “PG”, for some scary scenes and (supposedly) “crude humor and brief language”. The crude humor is minimal, compared to typical movies aimed at kids. I can’t think of any inappropriate language.

  • vera-tabacu
    vera tabacu

    In almost any neighbourhood, there is always that one house, or that unit of apartment, which has spiritual connotations attached to it. It could be because of tragedy, or rumours, or just for the simple reason that it’s unoccupied, or has some elderly, probably unkindly, strange looking old folk living in it, that gives the creeps to anyone under the age of 10.In Monster House, it uses a familiar urban legend, and plays up the nastiness associated with such a location. DJ (Mitchel Musso) stays opposite a creepy looking house, and bears witness, through his telescope, of the things that go bump in the night, and the horrible things that it does. Natually, because he’s a kid, nobody believes him, save for good friend cum resident fat-kid loser Chowder (Sam Lerner).The story’s kept tight by having set a day before Halloween, and despite the children being stereotyped, Chowder actually stole the show from DJ with his at time innocent, at time crafty and sly antics, and there’s a nice tango for attention between the two boys and their crush of the moment – Jenny (Spenser Locke). So while the three of them get set to unravel the mystery of the Monster House, it doesn’t disappoint, with the bickering, laughs and budding romance, chemistry like that between Potter, Ron and Hermione. Hmm.. now that I mentioned, it looked more like a Harry Potter clone.The graphics require some getting used to, given that it’s deliberately not done in a cutesy manner, thereby coming across at times as quite stiff. Come to think of it, there isn’t an artificially created “cute” character in the movie, as it adapts “real life” as best as it could, in an animated form. And for a horror movie, it put its real life counterparts to shame, especially in its anticipatory build up in mood and atmosphere.Anyway, the trailer doesn’t give much away except to whet your appetites, so I’ll keep it at that rather than to inadvertently reveal any surprises. And if you’re undecided between the two animated flicks on offering this week at the local cinemas, then my advice would be to pick Monster House over Barnyard. Here, the story is clearer superior. And that’s what matters, really.

  • veronika-stepankova
    veronika stepankova

    I watched “Monster House” with my brother at Halloween night and it was perfect movie for that day. It has that temper. The image of house was very good. It acts like humans psychological world. My brother was very scared, because it was his first Halloween (he is 4 years old). But he liked it. It has a light scary moments.The creators has chosen a perfect voices for characters. They acted like voices. Every thing with characters was nice. I don’t knew, that will be a Nebbercracker (an angry neighbor). But when he’s gone, then begins that I was thought – the Monster House will be alive and hunt kids. Script and idea is very nice and everyone has to watch it at Halloween…I give a 9 for this scary day in the year…

  • huda-zengin-durmus
    huda zengin durmus

    Spectacular visuals, unforgettable characters, and a fairy tale story with a twist! Highly recommend the Real D 3-D version if available in your area.Movie was scary, funny, dramatic and entertaining all at once. However, some parts of the movie may be a little too scary for kids 8 and under. For grown ups that still try to catch every episode of SpongeBob, this is it!The Real D 3-D version added to the movie going experience. I didn’t experience fatigue or dizziness for the entirety of the movie — which was more common in previous 3-D movie technology. When I saw the beginning of the end credits, the experience just leaves you begging for more — but for now, I know that desire can be satisfied by watching this movie again in the near future.

  • miss-judith-smith
    miss judith smith

    Let’s be clear – Monster House is not your typical ‘feel-good’ children’s movie. That isn’t to say, however, that there are never any points where the viewer is allowed to feel good. In fact, I discovered, despite my initial resistance to a movie that I thought would simply impress me graphically, copious moments of warmth and humor within the unembellished and utterly human actions of the characters. This is the movie’s paramount success. Not the plot, the myriad celebrity voices, or even the decisively unique and dazzling computer animation. Where Monster House really shines is within the dialogue and behavior of its perfectly believable personalities. From the girl-musings and growing pains of the pubescent DJ and Chowder to the cantankerous rantings of their crotchety old neighbor Nebbercracker, the cast is so natural that one would expect to run across such people within day-to-day life. It is this element that helps Monster House transcend an entirely surreal plot to make an idea so bizarre and twisted seem entirely real. It is true that Monster House does contain a predominantly dark theme, with a considerable amount of eerie scenes to support it. I don’t believe, however, that this should keep it from being shared with children, especially those preadolescences that will soon enough be able to relate to the emotions and actions of its protagonists. As long as younger children have the guidance of a parent or other compassionate adult, this film has the potential be viewed and adored by all ages.

  • don-osborne
    don osborne

    I just saw this movie at the Seattle International Film Festival. I didn’t know what to expect, but I must say I found it quite enjoyable. There was a lot of talk before the movie. People were saying that it will be too scary for the little kids, but not adult enough to capture older kids attention.I can see it being quite frightening at times for the little ones, but of the kids in the theater its not like I heard any of them screaming mommy. I don’t know how well the movie will do with kids, but from an adult’s perspective, its definitely worth a viewing.The best part of the movie definitely has to be the characters. Each were extremely well thought out and put together. They did a fantastic job of matching right voices with the right characters. Characters facial expressions were amazing. You’ll find yourself laughing at things they say and do quite a lot.The animation looks great. They certainly aren’t ground breaking. But they fit the movie well. However, I will say that some scenes looked quite amazing.If you are looking for a fun, clean movie with plenty of laughs and chuckles, this is definitely one you don’t want to miss!

  • susanna-miettinen
    susanna miettinen

    Well, I think if I saw this movie when I was ten years old, I would have been totally scared and could not sleep for weeks. Now it seems time has changed: ten-year-old children are playing horror-video games so probably what was too scary for them in the eighties is just right and fun now. Actually this is just what you could expect from a movie about a monster house: funny, spectacular, sometimes frightening. Quite a well-developed story – even if it is full of clichés, or should I say homage? – with the usual “two boys, one girl” trio as seen in Star Wars or Harry Potter. The animation is strange at first: they seem like rubber dummies, but thanks to the motion capture, their movement and expressions are first rate. While they look like having plastic hair, there is a great development since Polar Express in one field: their eyes are constantly moving – full of life. And the whole movie is just a typical and fun Spielberg-Zemeckis production with elements of Hitchcock. Besides the extraordinarily dark scenes it just feels like those very entertaining Spielberg productions of the eighties.

  • florian-tudor
    florian tudor

    Monster House was a perfect combination of kid-friendliness, horror, action and adventure. When I first walked into the theater I thought it would be “kiddy” because I went to see it with my younger cousin. You know how most animated movies are somewhat funny and about teamwork and working together or teaches life lessons or morals but I actually came to find that this movie was more scary than comical or ethical. I actually got into it. I actually ended up liking it more than my cousin. Some of the content is for older kids but it’s non-stop action and the momentum of the story line never stops. And the characters seem so real. 2 thumbs up. I definitely recommend it.