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Monster House

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
6.25 /10
Voices: Jason Lee , Maggie Gyllenhaal , Mitchel Musso
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Directed by: Gil Kenan
Written by: Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab

Released: 2006
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 90

All children know a curmudgeonly householder who will flatly refuse to give a ball back when it lands in his or her garden. But what if the reason the householder is so nasty is that he’s harbouring a dreadful secret – namely that his house is horribly, grotesquely, carnivorously alive?
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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All children, too, go through a period, usually around the age of 12, when they start, over-precociously, to regard themselves not so much as children, as young adults.

The beauty of Monster House is that it builds a spectacularly scary, yet funny, movie out of both these premises. Alone of the animated movies released this year, Monster House will entertain every member of the family - though be warned that small children of a nervous disposition may find it too intense: I wouldn’t take a child of under seven to see it.

Executive producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis have created one of their most entertaining family films yet. They’ve discovered an extremely capable young director in Gil Kenan (who excels at both animation and story-telling), and, in Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab, witty writers who will be entertaining us for years to come.

The voice talent in this movie is also exceptional. Steve Buscemi is great as the nasty neighbour, Maggie Gyllenhaal is hilarious as a baby-sitter with no interest in baby-sitting, and Jason Lee is fun too as her laid-back-to-the-point of-fallen-over boyfriend.

In a week of disappointments from established directors, Monster House qualifies as a delightful and timely shock.

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