Whimsical and terrifying. A departure for the maestro of gory horror movies, Eli Roth’s foray into children’s horror-lite cinema is a hit! Eli Roth’s expertise for visual storytelling makes every room just an interesting as the previous one. For a children’s gateway horror movie, it has some scares and twisted moments that are actually terrifying if you stop to think about it. Perhaps Roth does not bring his trademark torture porn and queasy horror to the screen in this children’s movie, but he does apply that same ability to scare us to the macabre puppets, man-eating topiaries, and demonic hand licking. That tongue was soooo Roth. Love it.