If box office performance was ever directly aligned to the quality of a film, then Monster House
surely would have romped home with far more money than it eventually seized in cinemas. For this is a gem of an animated film, bursting with animation and with some degree of edge to it, given that it’s not past throwing a few scares into its story. Not nasty ones, just enough to move it away from the cuddly, trying-hard-not-to-offend family features that seem to swamp cinemas with regularity.
On its previous DVD and Blu-ray releases, more and more have discovered just what lies behind Monster House’s cover, and to say too much would be to spoilt it. Instead, let’s just say that this is a real gem, and the kind of film that’s likely to be watched again once it’s been experienced for the first time.
It’s also one of the first films to benefit from a home entertainment 3D retrofit. This adding on of 3D after the event hasn’t been hugely successful with live action films, but in animation, it’s a different story. For Monster House is a digital film, and the re-rendering is far more authentic as a result. The 3D, therefore, is genuinely impressive if you have the equipment to support it, and don’t be surprised to see the disc on demo displays in retailers in the months to come.
The main reason to enjoy the film, though, remains the cracking main feature itself, which deserves to continually expand its audience. It’s the kind of film that Hollywood rarely makes for a younger audience, and it both warrants and deserves support. --Jon Foster
Three friends discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.