The House With A Clock In Its Walls opens September 21. Since the project is an Amblin production, the filmmakers were able to get valuable advice from Steven Spielberg. House with a Clock screenwriter Eric Kripke spoke to Cinema Blend and shared the advice Spielberg gave him and the film’s director, Eli Roth.
It was Amblin [Entertainment] that really helped us hone in [on the tone], because it was direct conversations between [Steven] Spielberg and Eli [Roth], and Spielberg said, ‘No, no, no, you want it to be scary. You want it to be just scary enough that parents are uncomfortable with their kids watching.’ You want the kids to feel a little bit of danger. That is invaluable, that they’re daring each other a little bit to watch it. It feels a little dangerous; it’s not going to mess them up, but there are definitely some real jumps, and those were the types of movies that he created! It’s a real honor to sort of be carrying the flag forward on the tradition.
The House With A Clock In Its Walls definitely feels like a vintage Amblin film based on the marketing materials we have been shown so far. We will see how much Spielberg’s advice helped the film when it opens this Friday, September 21.