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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

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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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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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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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2.35 : 1
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There is a back story involving Skull (played by Jon Heder) and Bones (played by Jason Lee) being in an amateur heavy metal band. When we first meet Zee (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal), she is wearing a top with "Skull 'n' Bones" written on, and later puts one of their cassette tapes on called "Live! at the Smell". She is also dating Bones in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Before DJ, Chowder and Jenny went to Nebbercracker's house to try out their dummy plan, the scene focuses on a picture DJ took, which is of the tree outside the house. When the scene changes and becomes real, it showed the three of them walking towards the house, which was on the right side of the screen. If DJ had taken the photo from his house, they should have been moving towards the other side where the house should have been. See more »

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Little Girl: Hello, fence!
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Alternate Versions

On Cartoon Network, when DJ says "I'm going home. I suck," it was changed to "I'm going home. I'm serious." See more »

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Written and Produced by David Sardy (as D. Sardy)
Performed by Ralph Saenz, David Sardy (as D. Sardy), John Shmersal, and Bobby Jarzombek
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A Nutshell Review: Monster House
26 August 2006 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

In almost any neighbourhood, there is always that one house, or that unit of apartment, which has spiritual connotations attached to it. It could be because of tragedy, or rumours, or just for the simple reason that it's unoccupied, or has some elderly, probably unkindly, strange looking old folk living in it, that gives the creeps to anyone under the age of 10.

In Monster House, it uses a familiar urban legend, and plays up the nastiness associated with such a location. DJ (Mitchel Musso) stays opposite a creepy looking house, and bears witness, through his telescope, of the things that go bump in the night, and the horrible things that it does. Natually, because he's a kid, nobody believes him, save for good friend cum resident fat-kid loser Chowder (Sam Lerner).

The story's kept tight by having set a day before Halloween, and despite the children being stereotyped, Chowder actually stole the show from DJ with his at time innocent, at time crafty and sly antics, and there's a nice tango for attention between the two boys and their crush of the moment - Jenny (Spenser Locke). So while the three of them get set to unravel the mystery of the Monster House, it doesn't disappoint, with the bickering, laughs and budding romance, chemistry like that between Potter, Ron and Hermione. Hmm.. now that I mentioned, it looked more like a Harry Potter clone.

The graphics require some getting used to, given that it's deliberately not done in a cutesy manner, thereby coming across at times as quite stiff. Come to think of it, there isn't an artificially created "cute" character in the movie, as it adapts "real life" as best as it could, in an animated form. And for a horror movie, it put its real life counterparts to shame, especially in its anticipatory build up in mood and atmosphere.

Anyway, the trailer doesn't give much away except to whet your appetites, so I'll keep it at that rather than to inadvertently reveal any surprises. And if you're undecided between the two animated flicks on offering this week at the local cinemas, then my advice would be to pick Monster House over Barnyard. Here, the story is clearer superior. And that's what matters, really.


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