I’ve seen ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ described as a mildly diverting Halloween appetiser that serviceably channels early Harry Potter and whilst I’d wholeheartedly agree with that summary, I’d go one step further and add some early Tim Burton into the mix too. Eli Roth isn’t a man known for tackling the family, fantasy genre, he’s made his name doing horror, so it’s perhaps not a surprise then that some of that seeps it’s way into this film.
Death Wish may not be another cultural milestone, but it is a lot of vicious, violent fun. And if nothing else, the film is a hell of a lot better than the godawful sequels Bronson finished his career with.
Kersey’s introduction into the darker world reminded me of Marvel’s Luke Cage introduction to his neighbourhood and the attention he was grabbing, even down to the hooded zipper as his disguise.