Lewis Barnavelt, after losing his parents, is sent to Michigan to live with his uncle Jonathan. He discovers his uncle is a warlock, and enters a world of magic and sorcery. But this power is not limited to good people: Lewis learns of Isaac Izard, an evil wizard who constructed a magical clock with black magic, as long as it exists it will keep ticking, counting down to doomsday. He died before he could finish the clock, but he hid the clock in his house, where Uncle Jonathan now lives. Now Lewis and Jonathan must find the clock before it finishes its countdown and ends the world.
Kyle MacLachlan played Cary Grant in Touch of Pink, and Cate Blanchett played Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator. Grant and Hepburn appeared together in Bringing up Baby and The Philadelphia Story. See more »
Florence uses the phrase "24-7", a saying that didn't come into use until the mid-1980s. See more »
Dear Lewis: Enclosed, please find one bus ticket and two silver dollars for your trip to Michigan. I'm really sorry about the loss of your parents. Your mom was my sister, so that makes you family. And I'll do my best to make you feel right at home. As Einstein said, life is like a bicycle. To stay balanced, you got to keep moving forward. And so will we. I look forward to meeting you. Your Uncle Jonathan. PS Sorry for the stain on the letter. That's chocolate.
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The closing credits sequence are filled with with characters and objects from the film, in the artwork of Edward Gorey (a Goth artist who collaborated on John Bellairs novels).
At the end of the closing credits, the film's cast wave goodbye. See more »
Theatrical versions of the movie are longer by 10 seconds, with a bumper for Universal Parks and Resorts placed before the Amblin Partners logo. this is removed from home video releases however, instead cutting directly to the Amblin Partners logo after the credits. See more »
People are too easily scared and scared for their children
Why are people saying this movie is not for kids?
I don't understand, it's perfect for kids, we had way more scary movies when I was younger, and we grew up fine.
Teach your kids the difference between movies and real life, you'll see, it works.
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