Underrated fantasy film dominates Netflix today
Eli Roth isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think of the perfect director to direct a fanciful family fantasy, but you can certainly argue that The house with a clock in its walls is his best effort from behind the camera.
The filmmaker broke through at the turn of the millennium and was one of the driving forces behind the porn torture craze, moving his feature film into breakouts. Cabin fever the first two installments of the Hotel series. He then did a full meta for a while, realizing Mill trailer Thanksgiving and film in a movie National pride for Quentin Tarantino Inglorious Basterds, before returning with a tribute to Italian cannibal cinema Green Hell and Keanu Reeves’ thriller Knock Knock.
It’s been a crazy, crazy road for Roth to get to this point in his career, and after moving to more studio-friendly territory with the Death wish remake with Bruce Willis, he landed the $ 42 million adaptation of John Bellairs’ 1973 novel. Although it is not perfect at all, The house with a clock in its walls surprised many people how the man famous for his distinctively gory attributes took the leap into kid-friendly humor and fantastic settings.
It helps that the film also features two notable turns from Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, although it only managed to gross around $ 131 million at the box office, which was decent but nothing to write home about, and it quickly faded after his theatrical journey. Now, however, The house with a clock in its walls is skyrocketing Netflix most-watched list, having jumped over 30 spots since yesterday to 15th position, and it currently has the Top 10 in its sights.