Hey kids, get ready for the next No. 1 movie in America — brought to you by the guy who made “Hostel.”
That’s right, filmmaker Eli Roth, who rose to fame as one of top purveyors of ultra-violent horror in the mid-2000s, has emerged from his torture chamber to direct Amblin Entertainment’s spooky adventure “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.”
Roth’s foray into children’s entertainment is a surprising career switch, even in an industry in which Wes Craven made “Music of the Heart.”
But if it works, the film will represent a return to form of sorts for Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin Entertainment, for which live-action...