10 Movies That Could Be The Major Surprise Hits Of 2018

10. The House With A Clock In Its Walls

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The Movie: Eli Roth's adaptation of John Bellairs' 1973 horror novel, The House With A Clock In Its Walls will follow Lewis Barnavelt, a recently orphaned 10-year-old boy who discovers that his uncle's old house is hiding a dark, magical secret.

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett will star, and though Black's inclusion makes it seem like the movie will lean heavily on the comedy, the fact that Roth - who is known for the Hostel series - is directing suggests this will be both scary and funny.

Why It Could Be A Hit: The House With A Clock In Its Walls is a fantasy-horror based on a popular "scary" book that's aimed at kids.

And as it happens, Jack Black recently starred in a fantasy-horror based on a popular "scary" book that's aimed at kids, a movie he propelled to box-office and critical success - Goosebumps.

Sure, the Goosebumps brand probably helped, but its popularity proved there's an appetite for this type of movie. The House With A Clock In Its Walls is also opening in a quiet September, something that's benefited scary movies in the past (like IT last year).

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