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Rated PG · 2006

Action/Adventure, Animation, Family
Leave it to the nakedly cunning executive producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis to fashion a digitally animated scare show for kids predicated on what may be the most blatant evocation of vagina dentata in movie history: a spiteful, devouring haunted house driven by the angry spirit of a circus fat lady. The three neighborhood kids who venture inside this toothy trap are wittily conceived (as are other characters, like a goth babysitter), but though the overall conception suggests Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle, the frenetic pacing seems as American as an apple pie in your face. Gil Kenan directed; among the voices are those of Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Kathleen Turner. PG, 87 min.
Official Site: www.monsterhouse-movie.com
Director: Gil Kenan
Writer: Gil Kenan, Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab and Pamela Pettler
Producer: Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey and Jason Clark
Cast: Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mitchel Tate Musso, Jon Heder, Kevin James, Jason Lee, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Catherine O'Hara and Kathleen Turner

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