Eli Roth sure seems to be exploring different genre arenas as of late. The horror directors last film Death Wish, was straight up revenge-thriller, and his latest looks akin to Tim Burton’s early work. The second trailer for The House With A Clock In Its Walls explains bit more in the way of what to expect from the popular novel adaptation. It also gives us a lot more of Cate Blanchett doing magical things only she can achieve, and we will never get tired of seeing that.
The trailer exudes an early Tim Burton vibe with the same type of lighthearted sinister moodiness and post-modern Gothic aesthetic. To add to its spell, the trailer opens with nostalgia fueled, vintage, film-grained logos for both Amblin and Universal.
The trailer is stylistic as heck. And with Cate Blanchett and Jack Black playing lead roles, this one has us counting the ticks of the clock till its September release date.
The synopsis goes something like:
Lewis had always wanted to live in a house like Uncle Jonathan’s — full of marble fireplaces and secret passageways and dozens of unused, unexplored rooms. And living with Uncle Jonathan, a real wizard, was full of fun and surprises.
But while Uncle Jonathan practiced funny and comfortable white magic, the original owner of the old house, Isaac Izard, had been an evil sorcerer. Isaac Izard had devised a plan for bringing about the end of the world. Somewhere in the walls of the house he had hidden a clock. Every night Lewis and Uncle Jonathan could hear it ticking — sometimes loud, sometimes soft — marking off the minutes until doomsday.
Lewis knew they had to find the clock before it was too late. Then he decided to dabble in a little magic of his own, and their time almost ran out.