After his parents leave town on Hallowe’en, 12 year-old DJ (Musso) and chunky chum Chowder (Lerner) become increasingly fascinated by the imposing-looking house across the street owned by Mr. Nebbercracker (Buscemi). When Chowder’s basketball goes AWOL on Nebbercracker’s premise, the boys, along with fast friend Jenny (Locke), have no choice but to investigate.
A kind of Goonies for the Noughties, Monster House is a visually dazzling thrill ride that scales greater heights through its winning characters and poignantly etched emotions. A scary, sharp, funny movie, this is the best kids’ flick of the year so far.
Reviewed by Ian Freer
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