An Underrated Fantasy Movie Is Dominating Netflix Today
An underrated fantasy flop is rocketing up the Netflix most-watched list today, bringing in tons of viewers.
Eli Roth isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think of the ideal director to helm a whimsical family fantasy, but you could definitely make the argument that The House with a Clock in Its Walls is his best ever effort from behind the camera.
The filmmaker broke through at the turn of the millennium and was one of the driving forces behind the torture porn craze, moving from his breakout feature Cabin Fever to the first two installments in the Hostel series. He then went full meta for a while, directing Grindhouse trailer Thanksgiving and film within a film Nation’s Pride for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, before returning with Italian cannibal cinema homage The Green Inferno and Keanu Reeves erotic thriller Knock Knock.
It’s been a wild and crazy road for Roth to get to this stage of his career, and after moving into more studio-friendly territory with the Death Wish remake starring Bruce Willis, he landed the $42 million adaptation of John Bellairs 1973 novel. The House with a Clock in Its Walls surprised a lot of people in just how well the man famed for his typically gory trappings made the jump into kid-friendly humor and fantastical set pieces.
It helps that the movie boasts two standout turns from Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, propelling the movie to a solid box office haul of over $131 million. The House with a Clock in Its Walls is now rocketing up the Netflix most-watched list, having jumped over 30 places since yesterday to fifteenth position, and it’s now got the Top 10 in its sights. As for Roth, he’s currently assembling quite the ensemble cast for his Borderlands movie.