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on May 11, 2014
Yes, it IS, indeed, scary, but it's also fun, insightful, funny, whimsical, and in some Halloweeny ways, it's also charming. Three pre-teens investigate the strange goings-on in the house across the street. It's old, dilapidated, a bit creepy, and not very pretty--very much like the elderly "gentleman" who lives in it, and THAT'S why the kids are convinced that, after the "old man," Mr. Nebbercracker, dies, his spirit has brought the house itself to life. The scary stuff aside, "Monster House" is a tale of first love and of coming of age albeit, in a leisurely manner. No need to rush these things, you know. There is something of a twist in the tale, and I think you'll find it original. The animation is excellent and the voice acting is top of the line. It's a great Halloween treat for kids, say, 10 years and over or for adults under 150 years. Any older than that, and that pacemaker will give out, sure enough.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon January 15, 2007
No matter where you grew up, there was almost surely a nearby house that gave you the spooks. Maybe it was an abandoned, rotting hulk of a haunted house, or maybe it was the inhospitable dwelling of a scary old man you suspected of doing very bad things behind his dark walls. Both scenarios apply to the Monster House. Dare to even step foot on the lawn, and mean old Mr. Nebbercracker (Steve Buscemi) comes out of the front door like a banshee, yelling for you to go away if you don't want to be eaten. It's easy to see why DJ (Mitchel Musso) and his friend Chowder (Sam Lerner) are so scared of the place. From his window across the road, DJ has seen things no adult would ever believe. When Chowder's brand new basketball rolls into the yard, though, DJ bravely sets out to claim it before the house does. That leads to a confrontation with Nebbercracker, who keels over while shaking DJ around like a rag doll. That is when things really get bad. Nebbercracker may be gone, but the house is alive ' and it's Halloween.

Clearly, there's no way DJ and Chowder are going near the spooky old house again. Then they spy a cute girl strolling toward its door, oblivious to the danger she is in. Eager to impress Jenny (Spencer Locke), they decide that they have to do something before the house feasts on all of that night's trick-or-treaters. Adults, such as DJ's babysitter and the local police, are no help at all. The kids are going to have to do this on their own. After seeking the sage advice of the local video game wizard, they devise a plan to stop the house by destroying its heart (and they have a good idea of just what and where that is). Naturally, the plan goes awry, trapping the kids within the very mouth of the monster. There, they learn the secret of the killer domicile (which they never saw coming), but will they live to tell anyone about it? More importantly, will they be able to save Halloween for all the local children by ridding the neighborhood of this deadly menace?

When you talk about this movie, you have to start with the animation. It is truly something to behold; you might even be creeped out by how incredibly real everything and everyone looks -- especially in terms of the facial expressions that communicate the characters' emotions (especially those of fright) incredibly well. The house itself is a model of anthropomorphic CGI, particularly when it really comes to life and goes on the attack. This is a PG movie, but young children might get the heebie-jeebies from some of the house's more frightful manifestations. For the most part, though, Monster House is rollicking good fun, especially when subtlety is thrown out the window and the story becomes far too outrageous for even a wee little tyke to take seriously.

Here's the bottom line: children should get a real kick out of this film. Any possible frights should quickly be forgotten thanks to all of the humor built into the story. I think most adults will enjoy the film, as well. Monster House is certainly no Shrek, but it should prove pretty entertaining to one and all.
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on January 26, 2013
Extremely funny, occasionally sad and some scary moments make this one of my favourite movies
The effects are very good and the voicework is perfect.
An overlooked classic. Keep the little ones away from this one until they about 8 or older at least.
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on December 1, 2012
Totally worth owning! My daughter has had it for a week and watched it 20 times...she does not watch any television just movies. This is her new fave and Mommy and Daddy enjoy it too!
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on May 12, 2012
This movie is amazing. I have watched it countless times with my daughter, and by myself and I never get sick of it.
Definitely recommend that everyone watch it, it is worth it.
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on September 15, 2015
the movie was funny we all like it
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on January 16, 2016
Great 3D animation flick.
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on March 11, 2016
Everything is perfect
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on September 29, 2015
Nephew request.
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on November 17, 2015
Good and fast.
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