A world of magic awaited us at the world premiere for Eli Roth’s family-friendly movie The House With a Clock in its Walls which was held this evening in London.

Attending the premiere were Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro And Director Eli Roth. The film also stars Twin Peaks’ Kyle MacLachlan, Lorenzo Izzo and Coleen Camp. It is written by Eric Kripke from the acclaimed novel by John Bellairs.

Roth talked to us about creating the world so beloved by many, and how he saw the two lead actors illuminate each other’s performances. Jack Black takes us on a tour of a magical moment in his life (it involves a crow), and Cate Blanchett teases the epic and intimate nature of the film.

The House With a Clock in its Walls is released in the UK and the US on the 21st of September. Scott Davis and Colin Hart were our timekeepers on the red carpet this evening, here’s how they got on.

The House with a Clock in its Walls World Premiere Interviews


Lewis Barnavelt, after losing his parents, is sent to Michigan to live with his uncle Jonathan. He discovers his uncle is a warlock, and enters a world of magic and sorcery. But this power is not limited to good people: Lewis learns of Isaac Izard, an evil wizard who wanted to cause the Apocalypse so that he could see what happened afterwards. To do this, he constructed a magical clock with black magic, as long as it exists it will keep ticking, counting down to doomsday. He died before he could finish the clock, but he hid the clock in his house, where Uncle Jonathan now lives. Now Lewis and Jonathan must find the clock before it’s too late, and before Isaac’s wife, Selena, gets to it.