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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Steve Buscemi
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Jon Heder
Jason Lee
Catherine O'Hara
Kathleen Turner
Fred Willard
Directors
Gil Kenan
Screenwriters
Dan Harmon
Pamela Pettler
Rob Schrab
Running Time
91 minutes

Monster House
Superb and genuinely jumpy kids' animated thriller


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Monster House

Plot
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.


Verdict
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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