The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a 2018 American fantasy comedy film directed by Eli Roth.

Official trailers

Universal Pictures on Thursday, June 28, 2018 released the trailer:
The House with a Clock in Its Walls - Official Trailer 2.

Story intro

In 1955, after his parents are killed in a car crash, ten-year-old Lewis Barnavelt moves to live with his Uncle Jonathan. All he has left of his parents is a Magic 8-Ball they had given him, and a family photograph. He meets Jonathan's neighbor and best friend Florence Zimmerman. During the night, Lewis is puzzled when he hears a ticking sound in the walls. Lewis begins exploring the house and stumbles upon Jonathan smashing a wall with an ax. Frightened, he runs away and stumbles upon multiple household objects coming to life. Jonathan confesses that he is a warlock and Florence is a witch. The house's previous owners were a sinister warlock named Isaac Izard and his equally wicked wife Selena, who had hidden a clock within the walls of the house before they died. Jonathan has been trying to find it and discover its purpose. Despite Jonathan's cautions, Lewis begins teaching himself magic. On his first day at his new school, Lewis meets Tarby Corrigan, who befriends him during Tarby's campaign for class president. When Tarby wins the election he abandons Lewis. Lewis' mother visits him in dreams. When he laments that Tarby does not see him as a friend, she suggests that he use a spell from a forbidden book to impress Tarby. On Halloween night Lewis performs a necromancy spell in a cemetery, accidentally summoning the ghost of Isaac. Lewis spots Isaac in the house of a neighbor, Mrs. Hanchett. He brings her to the house, but before he can find Jonathan, Isaac emerges. He reveals that Mrs. Hanchett is really Selena, who killed Mrs. Hanchett and took her place. It was also she who took the form of Lewis' mother to persuade him to summon Isaac. Isaac explains that his hidden clock will turn time back so that humanity never existed. Florence, Jonathan, and Lewis run from the house.


Jack Black
Jonathan Barnavelt
Cate Blanchett
Florence Zimmerman
Owen Vaccaro
Lewis Barnavelt
Renée Elise Goldsberry
Selena Izard
Sunny Suljic
Tarby Corrigan
Kyle MacLachlan
Isaac Izard
Colleen Camp
Mrs. Hanchett
Lorenza Izzo
Vanessa Anne Williams
Rose Rita Pottinger
Braxton Bjerken
Woody Mingo
Ricky Muse
Bus Driver (as Ricky Lynn Muse)
Charles Green
Soda Jerk
De'Jon Watts
Clark (as DJ Watts)
Aaron Beelner
Clown Automaton
Joshua Phillips
Clown Automaton
Christian Calloway
Iyasu Dusé
Sweet Shop Employee (as Caleb Lawrence)
Dylan Gage
Sweet Shop Boy (as Dylan Gage Moore)
Jalyn Hall
Jackson T. Giles IV
Eli Roth
Comrade Ivan
Alli Beckman
Magician's Assistant (as Alli Paige Beckham)


Principal photography began on 10 October 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The film The House with a Clock in Its Walls was scheduled to be released on September 20, 2018 (Germany) and on September 21, 2018 (United States) by 01 Distribution, ACME, Andes Films, B&H Film Distribution, CGV Arthouse, CGV Blitz, CJ CGV Viet Nam, Columbia Pictures, Entertainment One, Forum Film Slovakia, Forum Films, Hopscotch Films, Intercontinental Film Distributors (HK), Italia Films, Lenta, Leone Film Group, Monolith Films, NOS Audiovisuais, Nordisk Film, Odeon, Pinema, Pro Video Film & Distribution Kft., Rai Cinema, Reliance Distribution, Sabay MVP, Sam Film, Starway Film Distribution, Times Media Films, Toho-Towa, United International Pictures (UIP), United King Films, Universal Pictures International (UPI), iQIYI, Mister Smith Entertainment, Showtime Networks and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE).

The duration of the film is 105 minutes. With a budget of $42 million, the film grossed over $131.5 million.

The film had received a "PG" rating.


The House with a Clock in Its Walls got high rating from critics. But the audience dislikes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

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IMDB: The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Wikipedia: The House with a Clock in Its Walls (film)

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