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Someone who isn't Shirley, surely saw the first test screening of MONSTER HOUSE!

Hey folks, Harry here with a report on the first screening of MONSTER HOUSE... The report is short on details on the film, and is more concerned with the physical quality of the animation and general feeling about the story as it compares to films like GOONIES, MONSTER SQUAD and LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW. Hopefully we'll get a more detailed report on the film, but I've got a very good feeling about this film... I love the look and style of it as we've seen thus far. Here ya go...

Hey Harry, etc.,

Last night my Sister and I attended what we were told was the first ever test screening of the new Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg produced, computer animated film MONSTER HOUSE and I must say I was quite impressed. It's been a long time since I've seen a truly good family horror film but this flick definitely fits the bill.

While I was impressed in part with the technology behind THE POLAR EXPRESS I don't mind admitting I felt it still had it's issues the biggest of which being that it was REAL thin on plot. Not only is MONSTER HOUSE leaps and bounds ahead in story and plot but the animation is also way above what they accomplished in THE POLAR EXPRESS.

All in all I would recommend this movie to pretty much everyone but really little kids because they might find some parts of the fill really intense. If I had to compare this flick to anything I'd say this very much along the lines of MONSTER SQUAD or the great Disney short THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW with maybe a little bit of THE GOONIES thrown in for good measure. I'm really hoping that they don't change anything because this film was pretty much flawless as it was. While there was about 25% of the movie that still needed to be finished what was done looked great and played really great to pretty much the entire audience. If the studio releasing this plays their cards right they should have a pretty substantial hit on their hands and I'm already reserving a spot for this sucker on my DVD shelf so really what higher praise can you pay a film.

As a little aside before I sign off I lucked up and ended up sitting right next to the head animator of the film during the screening and I was actually able to talk to him for a couple of minutes. When I complemented him on their work with this and THE POLAR EXPRESS (Since he had his hands in both of them) he told me that while MONSTER HOUSE is leaps and bounds above what they did in THE POLAR EXPRESS it's NOTHING compared to what they're doing in BEOWOLF. If this film is any indication of how high they're trying to set the bar then BEOWOLF should be absolutely mind blowing... not that I really expected anything less.

If you use this call me anything you want... just don't call me Shirley.

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  • April 12, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST


    by HyperKnight

    I wanna see this movie.

  • April 12, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST


    by HyperKnight

    I wanna see this movie.

  • April 12, 2006, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Looks like a good flick.

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • April 12, 2006, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Unless there are kids cursing...

    by modlight

    It won't measure up to the glory that was 80's kids horror movies. Wake up America, kids talk like sailors. You did, your kids will and their kids will. Its cooler and healthier than smoking and it makes for really great kids films if there is mild foul language.

  • April 12, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Want really Cool news?

    by indiephantom

    The SNAKES ON A PLANE full trailer will debut with prints of UNITED 93. Awesome campaigning!!

  • April 12, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Beowolf: Now THAT should be cool

    by pencil-man

    Is that box office poison Chrisopher Lambert reprising his shit-ass role for that one? Allah, I hope not.

  • April 12, 2006, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Mo-Cap blows.

    by jimmy_009

    Thank you Pixar for pure animation.

  • April 12, 2006, 2 p.m. CST

    A halloween movie, in the summer?

    by Steve_Dooku

    I read the script, and it's ok. The kids are cute, with the "nobody believes me" kid, the stereotypical fat kid and the equally stereotypical brainy girl. The overall look of it is stylish but I still can't get over Sony releasing a Halloween movie in the Summer. Seems like Open Season would have been a better choice for summer, with Monster House to follow up in the Fall. Maybe an October DVD release is what they have in mind?

  • April 12, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Can't be scarier than Polar Express!

    by brycemonkey

    The Hanks digitized and playing ALL the parts. That really puts the shits up me... Seriously though, it makes for a glimmer of hope for Beowulf.

  • April 12, 2006, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Snakes On A Plane: GREEN ALERT

    by CaptDanielRoe

    GREEN ALERT is the worst! Stock up on duct tape to keep the snakes out. Oh and as for Christopher Lambert, give the guy a break. It's not so much that he is posion to a film's chances but rather that films with no chance cast him as lead. Greystoke and Highlander were it. Perhaps it's time for Greystoke: The Quickening.

  • April 12, 2006, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by TheDoctor73

    Plant. Pure plant. Look at the animation in this and compare to Cars, or the Incredibles, or Finding Nemo, or Shrek 1 & 2. This is nothing compared to those films. Animation should imitate Life, not recreate it.

  • April 12, 2006, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by El Scorcho

    "It's been a long time since I've seen a truly good family horror film." And I'm out.

  • April 12, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Just rename United93 "Terrorists on a Plane"...

    by AnimeJune

    ...and then they have a certified hit on their hands, Indiephantom. Anhoo - with Monster House: didn't they already do something like that, with Katey Segal as like a crazy robot house that won't let her inhabitants leave cause she wants to go all "Mommy Dearest" on their asses?

  • April 12, 2006, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab

    by seeitattheskyway

    The brains behind Channel 101 and HEAT VISION AND JACK, these guys are only getting warmed up. MH marks their first major screen project, but definitely not their last. If you are in the know, you'll know them. You really already should.