The last thing you’d want to see is Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) maestro of the macabre near a children’s film, but his background gives just enough of a dark tinge to this fantasy fable.
Based on a popular book of the same name, this adaptation adds another wonderful entry into the the gothic family fantasy sub-genre.
Orphaned Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) is sent to live with his uncle Jonathan (Jack Black). His uncle happens to be a warlock, and soon enters a world of magic and sorcery. But this power is not limited to good people: Lewis learns of an evil wizard who wanted to bring about an apocalypse. To do this, he constructed a magical clock with black magic, as long as it exists it will keep ticking, counting down to doomsday. This clock is hidden somewhere in his house, where uncle Jonathan now resides. Lewis and his uncle must find the clock before it's too late, and before Isaac's wife, Selena (Cate Blanchett) reaches it. A deliciously wicked seasonal treat for the family. (Jack Whiting)