Monster House

Movie Madness: Week Six

Monster House is a movie I’m sure we all vaguely remember. From the scary story of a possessed house to the awkwardly stylistic visuals; Monster House leaves an impression on its viewers. Despite its weird renders of 3D characters, the story stands out from the rest of what Sony Pictures has produced. A suspenseful movie for kids is not something that hasn’t really been done in the states since the early 2000s (with the exception of Paranorman). However, the animation in the movie falls flat. Whenever you see characters run there’s not as much weight or sure speed defined. The energy behind the character’s actions seemed lifeless and not snappy enough to fool the eye. The facial expressions are also a bit questionable. The faces expressed between characters didn’t seem to fully sell the interaction. I understand that the style of the film doesn’t fully lean into the cartoonish expressions we are used to. However, I think they could’ve gotten away with a bit more exaggeration. Despite its faults in clunky animation, the voice actors, character dynamics, and overall story really save it. If you’re a person who likes suspense and a fondness for something that looks like a hybrid of claymation and 3D- this is a movie for you.

Final Thoughts

What did you think of the visual style for this movie?


The movement matched with the animation style was really weird and a little unsettling. That being said, I still found it to be overall funny


Visually, the movie isn’t that appealing and can be very weird, however the sheer amount of comedic value that the animation style adds is very good, if you want to make fun of a movie.


Personally, I don’t really enjoy this movie a lot due to the weird visual styles of the characters. The hair seems especially jarring.

3 Replies to “Monster House”

  1. It’s been years since I have watched Monster House, but in todays standards I would probably agree with you on the animation aspect. I remember really enjoying the movie overall as a kid though and was probably not really digging to deep into the animation as I would now. You guys should check out the movie 9 I would like to see what you think of it.

  2. For a lot of people, Monster House is a beloved movie that the more you think about it, the more disturbed you are by it. It’s a classic for most people our age. Regardless of the quality of the movie in comparison to animation of today, back in the day it was scary and everyone loved it.

  3. I love this movie to death! This was the first piece that introduced me to the mind of Dan Harmon and I’ve been in love with his work since

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