31 Days of Horror: Monster House

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Monster House (2006)

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family

Starring: Steve Buscemi, Fred Willard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jon Heder, Kevin James, Kathleen Turner, Nick Cannon.

 

Neighborhood kids face against a neighbor they believe to be evil and hiding something terrible within his old house.  The truth is far more bizarre and dangerous than they could have imagined.

 

Monster House is one of those Halloween themed movies that works wonderfully for me. It may be enjoyed by kids of the 2000’s and beyond, but it seems set in the 1990’s. Things like cassette players, cordless landline phones, and kids actually playing outside were a thing then.  Flying kites, playing basketball, riding bikes around the neighborhood without adult supervision  (Amazing we survived right?) It reminds me of my childhood which I’m pleased to say was overall positive.

The film has a unique sense of humor that someone who is an awkward teenager could appreciate. Talks about crushing on girls, being unpopular in school, and trick or treating. Common complaints of the preteen/young teenager age.

Then there is the creepy old house. Chances are that if you grew up in a small town, there were always a couple places that were considered haunted or cursed (or “off”).   This is kinda following in the footsteps of such tales.

Listen, Monster House isn’t the end all be all of Halloween movies, but if you like animated films and like a film fitting of October, few are like it.

This film has interesting characters, a good sense of itself in its humor, some heartfelt moments, and a solid list of voice actors. Worthy of kids today and adults who experienced life in the early to mid 1990’s.

 

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