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The House With A Clock In Its Walls: Interview with Eli Roth & Owen Vaccaro

We attended the interview as a guest of the studio

Earlier this month, we had the honor of talking with Eli Roth (Director) and Owen Vaccaro (Lewis Barnavelt) about their role in bringing the film, “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” to life.

Roth is well-known for creating spine-chilling movies, and this is his first family-friendly thriller. When it came to wanting to create this film, Roth said, “So many of my friends complain that there’s not a movie that they can watch with their kids where the parents aren’t bored. It’s either movie for kids that the parents hate or for parents that the kids hate. And I wanted to make a movie that was truly fun for the whole family. I want a film that whether you’re 8 or whether you’re 80 you’re going to find something in it.” He continued to say, “I want something that has a strong message that’s fun but isn’t going to give them nightmares. I don’t want them waking me up all night.” And that was The House with a Clock in its Walls, I wanted to make a PG movie that was safe and fun, but that could really go for the scares, but not going to give your kids nightmares.”

“To do a PG movie was something I really wanted to do, because I grew up on a movies like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gremlins, The Goonies – these were films that you saw with your parents or with your brothers and sisters and everyone had a great time, there’s something in it for everyone.” Eli Roth

The film has an extraordinary message for young children that will encourage them to “embrace their weirdness,” about accepting others for who they are and not putting others down for being unique or “different.” I feel that this is such an important message that children of this generation need to see in a film.

We are so thrilled that the film has just been released on Blu-ray and digital download to all to your home movie collection to enjoy for years to come. The DVD has some great bonus features that your family can enjoy watching.

When it came to selecting bonus features, Roth wanted to put a lot on the DVD and highlight some of the mischiefs they had on set. “We did an improv dance montage that didn’t make it into the movie that’s in the deleted scenes. So there was a lot of comedy, a lot of drama a lot of really, really fun stuff,” said Roth.

One amazing fact about this film is that they restored a silent movie theatre organ that was built in 1928, that had sat in boxes for 25 years! “And my composer spent five years building a studio and it just coincided that it was finished for this movie, it’s the first film to use it in 25 years. So the sound is truly incredible, we have a whole featurette on that,” said Roth.

“The House with a Clock in Its Walls” makes a perfect holiday stocking stuffer and is a great film to watch with your family this holiday season. The movie is currently available for digital download or in stores on DVD/Blu-Ray nationwide.

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