Monster House Thursday, 20 June 2019

Monster House

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild scary scenes; mild themes.

  • The pitch:

    Some neighbours are a demon to live with.

  • Starring:

    Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Ryan Newman, Steve Buscemi, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Lee, Kevin James, Kathleen Turner

  • Directed by:

    Gil Kenan

  • Running time:

    91 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    An old man yells at small children, breaks a tricycle. Scary soundtrack, editing, lighting, shadows. Screaming. Cars hit/shunt children. Adults bicker. People hit with objects, grabbed. Teen children threaten smaller children. A property takes on human behaviour and 'eats' people, an animal and objects. Things get thrown, smashed, cracked. A teenager steals a child's special toy, licks it and pulls out stuffing. Stories are heard of a man murdering/eating his wife. Police guns raised. A man plays a violent video game featuring blood, skeletons, dragons, axes. Littering, loitering, vagary, treason (mentioned). Shooting (threatened). Kids trapped in car, cellar. Kids fall into darkness, water, down an embankment. A girl is sucked up a vent. People throw food at an obese person. An accidental death is seen in flashback. People are pursued by a very cranky house. Blood/gore: A man suffers a heart-attack; presumed dead. Blood is mentioned. Skeletons in a video game are beheaded; blood fountain. Human remains (skeleton).

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer). Intoxication. A child steals drugs (cold medicine) from a pharmacy. A police officer drinks cold medicine.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Teasing, name-calling, butt.

  • THEMES:

    Neighbours, Halloween, spying, haunted house, obsession, cruelty, obesity, luring children with gifts, teamwork, anger, forgiveness, fears, sideshow freaks.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Unsupervised children. Halloween setting; trick-or-treating, full moon, scary masks. Puberty (voice breaks), vomit (mentioned). Dental references. Fireballs, explosions. Nightmare. Bottles of urine; a dog urinates. Lighting has strobe effect. Ghosts, spirits. Fear of heights.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Great computer-generated animation. Original storyline. Scary, creepy. Terrific voice-work.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    May be too scary for some children.

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