I'm just as surprised as you, but this is an Eli Roth movie that actually looks good! Playing in a similar key to Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, it's spooky but not super scary. The film is based on a 1973 children's book, though as an Amblin production, it definitely has a vibe similar to other kids-in-crazy-situations movies from Steven Spielberg's production company.
Owen Vaccaro (Daddy's Home 2) stars as Lewis, an orphan who goes to live with his eccentric uncle Jonathan (Jack Black). Though at first he finds him a little odd, he soon learns Jonathan is actually a warlock, and his neighbor Mrs. Zimmermann (Cate Blanchett) is a witch.
The title refers to Jonathan's home, where his evil predecessor (Kyle MacLachlan) implanted a countdown to the end of the world. Written by Eric Kripke (creator of Supernatural and Timeless) and directed by Eli Roth (Hostel), the film should have enough genuine scares to keep general audiences interested, but not enough to terrify little kids.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls opens Friday, September 21.