Cate Blanchett Joins Eli Roth's 'The House With A Clock In Its Walls' “The House With A Clock In Its Walls” is based on the 1973 book written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, that follows a young boy who discovers his Uncle’s house contains a deadly secret: an evil wizard built a clock that could cause the end of the world, and hid it inside the house. Jack Black and Cate Blanchette are signed on. I read the book as a child, and found it a great bit of goth fiction. This will be Roth's first family-level horror film, as well as his first Goth film; he's better known for contemporary slasher films like Hostel and Green Inferno. I hope they can keep Edward Gorey's fantastic Goth designs for the film.