Monster House is a 2006 animated supernatural horror comedy film directed by Gil Kenan. The film stars the voices of Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kevin James, Nick Cannon, Jason Lee, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara and Kathleen Turner.The film features human characters animated using live action motion capture animation, which was previously used in The Polar Express (2004).
Produced by Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, the film was released theatrically by Columbia Pictures on July 21, 2006 to generally positive reviews from critics and grossed $140 million worldwide against a production budget of $75 million.
When no adults believe three youths' assertion that a neighboring residence across the street is a living creature that means them harm, the trio must find a way to destroy the structure before innocent trick-or-treaters meet ghastly ends.
Why It Rocks
- The idea of a possessed house that turns household objects into nightmares and eats people is very original.
- The animation is a rather unique blend of motion-capture and stop-motion, which adds to an overall creepy-like atmosphere.
- Likable and charming characters, such as DJ, Chowder and Jenny.
- While it doesn't get gory, there's a diverse range of creepy visuals that actually warrant the PG rating.
- Excellent musical score by Douglas Pipes.
- Plenty of funny jokes like the scene where Chowder gets hit in the face with his basketball and DJ says "You're a dork!".
- Mr. Nebbercracker's backstory of how his wife turned into a monster is very touching, as well as the scene where he says goodbye to her spirit at the end.
- "I won't be seeing you later."
- The story itself is predictable.
- The character animations get really awkward at times, especially when they move.
- Not for kids who are easily frightened
- Some mean-spirited moments from the adults.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 74% approval rating, based on 160 reviews with an average rating of 6.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Monster House offers adults and children alike into a household full of smart, monstrous fun." On Metacritic the film has a score of 68 out of 100 based on 32 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.