Monster House

Monster House, 2006, directed by Gil Kenan, written by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab, produced by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg, starring the voices of Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steven Buscemi and Maggie Gyllenhaal.


I thought the trailer looked promising, though maybe a bit kiddish. I was ultimately sold on going to see it by two things: 1) a review that discussed how it had some "honest scares" and 2) the fact that it was showing in 3D! The latter more than the former, assuredly.

Since it is only limited in the 3-D, I will not go into much detail into that aspect. Besides, possibly, to say that it is handled wonderfully. Seeing how certain scenes were designed for the 3-D audience, I wonder how well it will play out without the extra dimension.

Besides the "gimmick" the movie is quite enjoyable. It is very familiar. Reminds me of a Ray Bradbury story as screenplayed by Stephen King and shot in the 80s for a young audience. It has quite a few scenes of genius in it. The voice acting was wonderful and I am stil the kind of guy that digs the whole "group of kids team up to fight a bad guy" storyline. I love the everyman character as hero. Its why I dig PKD so much.

The only detraction I had is the character of Chowder, who seems to be a bit too much. Most of the other characters (with the exception of Skulls, who was designed to be over the top) are somewhat reasonable, if cartoon characters. Chowder, though, is a bit too annoying and loud.

Thumbs up, from me. Looking forward to getting the DVD.

Written by W Doug Bolden

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