The First ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ Trailer is Ticking

Eli Roth’s Fantasy Horror Adventure

Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures have released the first trailer for Eli Roth’s family-friendly fantasy horror adventure, The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

Written by Eric Kripke (creator of “Supernatural” series) and based on the 1973 children’s book of the same name written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, the film stars Jack Black and Cate Blanchett as a witch and warlock who get caught up in the young boy’s magical adventure.

Co-starring Owen Vaccaro, the film will open in theaters on Sep. 21. Watch the trailer below.

Eli Roth’s Fantasy Horror Adventure

I’m a bit skeptical about Roth’s chances of success. One of the defining things about the book was the Edward Gorey illustrations – simple, somber, pen-and-ink drawings with a Victorian flair.

Eli Roth’s Fantasy Horror Adventure

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.