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DJ and his pal have a run-in with Mr. Nebbercracker after their basketball wanders onto his lawn and is mysteriously swept into the house. When the house tries to swallow their new friend Jenny and no one believes the frightened trio's claims that the house is up to no good, it's up to them to investigate.
Comedy - CAUTION TO PARENTS: This movie will almost certainly be too scary
for most young children. You know your children best, but I would
say around age eight or so should be able to understand that it's
only pretend. Also, for those of you concerned about supernatural
themes, the story is about a house that's possessed by the spirit of
a dead woman. It's quite intense and scary several times.
PROFANITY: Just a few possible words of concern. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: The house eats a few people (later found alive). DRUGS/ALCOHOL: A punk rock guy is shown drinking a beer. ACTION: A good amount of scary suspense action. COMEDY: Quite a bit of humor for all ages.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good There's enough action and mildly scary stuff to keep restless viewers involved, but the thing I appreciated most was the way in which the three friends interact. Their dialogue rings true.
USA TodayFull Review Good Unlike so many animated movies that offer lessons such as family is important and teamwork is good, Monster isn't looking to teach you. It's looking to scare you...Monster's clever use of sound and shadows will likely have parents flinching in their seats with the kids.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 91 moviegoers:As expected, CHILDREN LOVED "MONSTER HOUSE." Teen opinions were mixed. About half enjoyed it very much and half didn't. Adult opinions aren't great, but also aren't too bad. Better than a third enjoyed it very much. The next third rated it average. The final third rated it below average to poor. So, for adults it's a gamble, but most kids movies are.
Twelve-year-old DJ Walters (Mitchel Musso), who is caught in that awkward moment between
childhood and the onset of puberty, has too much time on his hands and has
taken it into his head that there's something weird about old man
Nebbercracker's house across the street. Things keep disappearing into the
dilapidated structure: basketballs, tricycles, toys and pets. Come to think of it,
whatever happened to Mrs. Nebbercracker?
It's the day before Halloween and DJ and his candy-friendly pal Chowder
(Sam Lerner) have a
run-in with Mr. Nebbercracker after their basketball wanders onto his lawn and is
mysteriously swept into the house. When the house tries to swallow their new
friend Jenny (Spencer Locke) and no one believes the frightened trio's claims that the house is up
to no good, it's up to them to investigate.
They turn for advice to the only person on the planet who might even remotely
understand what's going on, the wise one they call Skull (Jon Herder), a 20-something slacker
pizza chef and master of the arcade machine who once played a video game for
four days straight on one single quarter, a gallon of chocolate milk and an adult
diaper. "I have heard tell of man-made structures becoming possessed by a
human soul," Skull tells them.
You mean the house is alive? Yikes!
Skull tells them the only way to stop the house from gulping down everything in
sight is by striking at its heart, which the kids figure out must be the
furnace in the basement. They come up with what seems to be a foolproof
plan — a vacuum cleaner disguised as a human dummy filled with cold medicine.
The kids offer up their bait to the house, figuring that once it's asleep, they can
sneak in and put out the furnace with their squirt guns.
Their little plan goes awry, though, and when the house starts chasing them
down the street — that's right, chasing them down the street! — they must join
forces to once again make the neighborhood safe for trick or treaters.