Monster House (2006) at a glance
Monster House (2006) is an animated feature directed by Gil Kenan. This film is the second film that extensively utilize performance capture. Robert Zemeckis and Steven Speilberg are the executive producers of this film.
Monster House (2006) Trailer
Monster House (2006) Synopsis
Even for a 12-year old, D.J. Walters has a particularly overactive imagination. He is convinced that his haggard and crabby neighbor Horace Nebbercracker, who terrorizes all the neighborhood kids, is responsible for Mrs. Nebbercracker's mysterious disappearance. Any toy that touches Nebbercracker's property, promptly disappears, swallowed up by the cavernous house in which Horace lives. D.J. has seen it with his own eyes! But no one believes him, not even his best friend, Chowder. What everyone does not know is D.J. is not imagining things. Everything he's seen is absolutely true and it's about to get much worse than anything D.J could have imagined.
Monster House (2006) Review
Few months back when Monster House (2006) was on TV; I tried to resist watching it as I was busy with doing something but it was too interesting to miss and I turned into a couch potato. It is a horror comedy revolving the tales of Domus Mactibilis and a group of children who are determined to unveil the mysteries of that living house in order to defeat it.
The film sets in a beautiful neighbourhood during the Autumn, around the time when children are trick-or-treating for Halloween. There are also several likable characters and certainly, there are plenty of hidden mysteries. Some parts of the film doesn't make sense but with realistic personalities, engaging storyline and characters that are so mean to scare children, it is truly an enjoyable watch.
Most importantly, Monster House (2006) doesn't bore. This relatively unknown film is not new but it's not that old either; I just came across this film recently yet it has already impressed and imprinted on me. True that the whole film seems to lack of other living beings around the neighbourhood, that doesn't mean it is not entertaining and it should be out of anyone's watchlist!
What is a Domus Mactibilis? Well, definition from their official site; man-made structure that becomes physically animated by a human soul, creating a rare form of monster is known in Latin as Domus Mactibilis or deadly home. It lives from an inner fire, fueled by the life it consumes!
Domus Mactibilis is supposed to be terrifying but I find the Monster House so adorable and pretty. *-*
PS. Honestly, from the moment I watched this film for the first time, I knew this film would be one of the movies great for Halloween. I told myself, I must write about this film for Halloween and share with everyone..which I finally did! ;)
Who will like this?
Want to watch something horrifying but old school? This is it!
PS. The main characters does have resemblance to Harry Potter's trio but it's certainly a different story!
Details of the movie
Director: Gil Kenan
Producer: Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey
Story: Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab, Pamela Pettler
Screenplay: Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab
Cinematography: Paul C. Babin
Music: Douglas Pipes
Studio: Relativity Media, ImageMovers, Amblin Entertainment
Starring: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Country: United States
Genre: Comedy Family Fantasy Horror Mystery
Running time: 91 mins
Budget: USD 75,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 140,175,006 est.