This American fantasy film is directed by Eli Roth and based on the 1973 novel of the same name by John Bellairs. The film stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and Owen Vaccaro, and follows a 10-year-old Lewis Barnavelt who goes to live with his uncle Jonathan in a creaky old house which has a mysterious ticking heart. Recently orphaned, Lewis only wants to have a normal childhood but soon discovers it is going to be anything but that. Uncle Jonathan is a mediocre, but well-intentioned warlock, while his next-door neighbour and good friend Florence Zimmerman is a far more powerful good witch. A powerful clock is hidden somewhere within the walls of the house where it ticks eternally, trying to pull the world into a magical alignment to bring about the end of the world. Lewis must summon all his courage to prevent the evil sorceress Selena from finishing her husbands work, and attempt to contain the growing supernatural forces of evil that threaten to bring about Doomsday for the whole world.