After releasing his first studio film earlier this month with Death Wish, Eli Roth is continuing to play within a bigger budget sandbox, this time taking on the PG-13 horror movie The House with a Clock in Its Walls. Based on the classic children’s book written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, the movie revolves around a 10-year-old boy named Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) in a creepy old house that is full of dark secrets. This is an Amblin co-production and looks to fall in the same zone as some of the darker “family-friendly” genre movies we grew up with in the ’80s, although it definitely has a sense of humour as well. Cate Blanchett, Kyle MacLachlan, Colleen Camp, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Vanessa Anne Williams and Sunny Suljic also co-star. The House with a Clock in Its Walls hits theatres on Sept. 21st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.