The House with a Clock in Its Walls with Nathan Barr and Eli Roth
In the tradition of Amblin classics, where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls. The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead. Based on the beloved children’s classic written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is directed by master frightener Eli Roth and written by Eric Kripke (Supernatural).
Two-time Emmy®-nominated composer Nathan Barr has received critical acclaim for his versatility, incorporating eclectic instruments from musical cultures across the world. Barr most recently scored The House with a Clock in its Walls, and is currently scoring Amazon Studios and Legendary Television’s upcoming fantasy period drama Carnival Row, season 3 of Amazon’s Sneaky Pete, and season 2 of AMC’s The Son. In 2019, Barr will score Amblin’s upcoming film, The Turning.
Barr’s hallmark adaptability has led him to scoring an eclectic roster of some of television’s biggest shows, inclulding all six seasons of FX’s The Americans which earned him an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music. His music can also be heard in all seven seasons of HBO’s Emmy®-winning series True Blood, and Netflix’s Hemlock Grove, for which he earned his second Emmy® nomination for the main title theme. With these two nominations, Barr is the first composer to have two nominations in the Main Title category in the same year. Alongside his extensive career in television, Barr has scored nearly 40 feature films, he is a frequent collaborator with Roth, and scored Roth’s early cult-classics Cabin Fever and Hostel, as well as Jason Blum’s thriller The Boy Next Door, and Columbia Pictures’ sci-fi drama Flatliners.
Barr is known for his collection of rare and unusual instruments from around the world. The gem of his collection is a 3 manual, 19 rank Wurlitzer Theater Organ with 1,366 pipes. The organ lived on the scoring stage at 20th Century Fox from 1928-1998, and can be heard in dozens of scores by legendary composers such as Bernard Herrmann, Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith, and John Williams. It is now the centerpiece of Barr’s newly-constructed Bandrika Studios, an 8,000 sq. ft. scoring stage and recording facility conceived by Nathan as a permanent home for this history-rich instrument.
Filmmaker Eli Roth burst onto the film scene at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival, with his directorial debut Cabin Fever. Made independently, the film sparked a seven-studio bidding war, and went on to be Lionsgate’s highest grossing film that year. Roth’s critically acclaimed follow-up film, Hostel which he wrote, produced and directed, was a massive worldwide hit, and spawned the successful sequel, Hostel Part II, also written and directed by Roth.
Apart from The House with a Clock in its Walls, Roth also directed the reimagining of the classic film, Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis, the Sundance hit, Knock Knock, starring Keanu Reeves, and he co-wrote, produced and directed The Green Inferno. As an actor, Roth most notably portrayed Sgt. Donnie Donowitz in Inglourious Basterds, for which he and his cast members received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble, as well as the Broadcast Film Critic’s Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award.
Additionally, Roth produced the films, The Last Exorcism, The Man with the Iron Fists, The Last Exorcism Part II, Clown, and was an executive producer on Netflix’s Emmy® nominated series, Hemlock Grove, and WE TV’s South of Hell. He has been honored with the Visionary Award at the inaugural Stanley Film Festival for his contributions to independent horror cinema, as well as the Visionary Filmmaker Award at the San Diego Film Festival. In 2015 Roth co-founded CryptTV, a multi-platform digital label for horror fans, which averages 50 million views per month and has become the fastest growing label for millennial horror fans.