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Monster House (2006)

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Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

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Gil Kenan

Writers:

Dan Harmon (screenplay), Rob Schrab (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Whitney Newman ... Little Girl (voice) (as Ryan Newman)
Steve Buscemi ... Nebbercracker (voice)
Mitchel Musso ... DJ (voice)
Catherine O'Hara ... Mom (voice)
Fred Willard ... Dad (voice)
Sam Lerner ... Chowder (voice)
Woody Schultz ... Paramedic #1 (voice)
Ian McConnel Ian McConnel ... Paramedic #2 (voice)
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Zee (voice)
Jason Lee ... Bones (voice)
Spencer Locke ... Jenny (voice)
Kevin James ... Officer Landers (voice)
Nick Cannon ... Officer Lister (voice)
Jon Heder ... Reginald 'Skull' Skulinski (voice)
Kathleen Turner ... Constance (voice)
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Storyline

13-year-old DJ is observing his neighbor Nebbercracker on the other side of the 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 heart attack, 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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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There Goes The Neighborhood. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for scary images and sequences, thematic elements, some crude humor and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zemeckis/Spielberg Motion Capture Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,217,226, 23 July 2006

Gross USA:

$73,661,010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,175,006
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The first theatrically released animated film for Kevin James. Later he'd go onto voice Otis the Cow in Barnyard (2006) and Frankenstein in the Hotel Transylvania films. See more »

Goofs

After Nebbercracker is put in ambulance, and the ambulance door is closed, the camera closes in on the back of the ambulance - you can see the taillights at the top of the door. Then DJ's image appears in the window as an outside reflection. Yet when the ambulance pulls away, the perspective is as if the camera is inside of the ambulance pointing back through the glass as DJ is left behind. See more »

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[first lines]
Little Girl: Hello, fence!
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There are no opening credits after the title has been shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two versions were released in theaters a standard format and a "REEL 3D" digital format See more »

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Thou Art Dead
Written and Performed by Gil Kenan
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3D Makes All the Difference....
21 July 2006 | by elispaulSee all my reviews

First of all, let me establish that I have never been impressed by the 3D process. The best that I had previously seen was "Ghosts of the Abyss", but there were still too many glitches for my eye to really buy into the process. I never had a chance to see "Polar Express" in 3D, but wasn't really anxious too because of my previous lackluster responses to the 3D experience. Then came "Monster House"....

I have NEVER seen anything like this before. The story itself is entertaining and very reminiscent of the type of movie that Steven Spielberg would have made in the early 80's, but the 3D element makes it an EVENT! If you have a choice to see this in a regular theater or in 3D, do not hesitate to see it 3D! From the moment the title comes on screen, I knew I was going to see a level of realism in the 3D process that I had never experienced before. In fact, seeing "Monster House" in a regular theater might be akin to seeing all of "The Wizard of Oz" in black and white. It would severely diminish the potential impact of the film. "Monster House" was obviously envisioned as a 3D experience and the technical process envelopes you in the story and the world in which it takes place in a way that is so immediate and palpable.

Lest you think that only the technique is worthy of praise, let me mention that the script, the performances, the direction, the score are all of the fun, adventurous spirit of all the best movies I remember from my youth. It has the feel of "E.T.", "The Goonies", even a little bit of "Poltergeist", just a lot more kid-friendly. The movie isn't extraordinary, but it's a heck of a lot of fun. So a giddy 8 stars for the movie, but an enthused 10 stars for the experience. PLEASE, do yourself the favor of seeing this on a 3D screen!


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