Monster House (2006) Movie Review

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Monster House (2006)

2006 | R | Mystery, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Family, Animation
91 minutes / 1h 31min

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Monster House Plot Synopsis:

The teenage Ninja mutant snail DJ is observing his neighbor Nebbercracker on the other side of their street in the suburb that destroys tricycles of children that trespass his lawn. When DJ's parents travel on the eve of Halloween and the abusive nanny Zee stays with him, he calls his clumsy best friend Chowder to play basketball. But when the ball falls in Nebbercracker's lawn, the old man has a siege, and soon they find that the house is a monster. Later the boys rescue the smart Jenny from the house and the trio unsuccessfully tries to convince the babysitter, her boyfriend Bones and two police officers that the haunted house is a monster, but nobody believes them. The teenagers ask their video-game addicted acquaintance Skull how to destroy the house, and they disclose its secret on the Halloween night.

Monster House (2006) Review

Monster House (2006) is a family-friendly horror movie that is a must-see for each and every Halloween for my family. It never gets boring, old, or dull. Gil Kenan (City of Ember (2008), Poltergeist (2015), Five Nights at Freddy’s) directed the animated film on an estimated $75 million dollar budget.

Monster House is about two boys who are nearing their final Halloween Trick R Treat because they are becoming too old to participate. This film becomes their final adventure into the last remnants of scariness. DJ (Mitchel Musso) and Chowder (Sam Lerner) are accompanied by the smart girl scout Jenny (Spencer Locke) as they uncover a neighborhood mystery and haunting. Old man Nebbercracker (Steve Buscemi) falls to unseen circumstances, and while he is away, his house comes to life and starts doing terrible things to the kids who come near the house. DJ, Chowder, and Jenny try to solve the mystery of the house haunting and stop the haunting altogether.

I love the animation and the tone of this film. It beautifully held every member of my family glued to the screen. The story plays on the fact that each neighborhood has its own ghost stories and the what if factor in that. The animation was all done via motion capture giving the voices and the movements the bonus to make a lasting impression on the viewer. The story is simple but told in such a way that you are constantly waiting to see what gets thrown at the kids next and how they tackle each situation. Like I said, a highly recommended kids Halloween movie that will quickly become a favorite for you and your family too.

Fun Fact: Kathleen Turner played Constance who is Nebbercracker’s wife. Turner also played the voice of Roger Rabbit’s Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).

  • Monster House Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.31
  • IMDB: 6.6
  • MetaCritic: 6.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.4

About Monster House 2006

Title: Monster House
Year: 2006
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Family, Animation
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.65/5 stars from 86,065 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 86,065
MPAA Rating: R
Monster House Cast Starring: Steve Buscemi, Spencer Locke, Jason Lee, Catherine O'Hara, Kevin James, Brittany Curran, Ryan Newman, Mitchel Musso, Fred Willard, Sam Lerner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nick Cannon, Kathleen Turner, Matthew Fahey, Marc Musso, Woody Schultz, Ian McConnel, Jon Heder, Erik Walker
Monster House Writers: Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab, Pamela Pettler
Monster House Director: Gil Kenan
Box Office: $73,661,010
Production: Sony Pictures Releasing
Language: English
Country: USA