Monday, November 5, 2007

Monster House (2006)

Fear 0/5
Gore 0/5
Entertainment 4/5
Creepiness 0/5
Nightmares 0/5

Kind of a stretch to review this movie, given. Still, it is about a haunted house (kind of) and it has some scary moments (if you're a kid under the age of 12). But beyond that, it's simply a good movie with some really funny lines and amazing animation.

Every neighborhood has it's cantankerous old curmudgeon who confiscates kites and soccer balls that land in his yard. I remember being a small child in Carrollton, TX (where Cortez the Killer currently resides) living next to a cranky old fuck who owned an enormous trailer. I used to run around in his backyard barefoot all the time until I stepped on a board with a rusty nail poking up out of it which (I am told) was put there to intentionally keep people off his yard. Lesson learned bastardo.

Monster House starts with a cranky old man dying in his front yard as a kid tries to "rescue" his buddy's basketball. It's not after that his creaky, scary and old house begins to come to life and starts eating heshers and cops. And, of course, only a few kids realize this (as the adults simply laugh them off and then are promptly eaten). With Halloween coming up in a few days, the kids come up with a few clever ways to "defeat" the house before is eats all of the children that come up to knock on the door.

Like I said, the animation is amazing and the house is really cool when it comes to life. The acting is well done and there are some really funny lines going back and forth between the two main kids. The dynamic between these two was nice and really brought me back in a nice way. Sort of the way Superbad did except without all the titty jokes and shitty beer. Which is kind of how my childhood was anyway....So if you have kids or consider yourself a big kid, by all means check this out.

-Complaint Dept

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