-> '''DJ:''' Zee, it's true there's something evil going on across the street.
-> '''Zee:''' That's excellent. I'm really happy for you.

Monster House is a 2006 computer animated and motion capture film. It was produced by Creator/StevenSpielberg and Creator/RobertZemeckis and written by [[Website/{{Channel101}} Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab]].

The movie focuses on DJ Walters, a boy who is convinced that there's something strange about the house across the street, and believes the house across the street from him is alive. When his parents go away for the weekend, he tries convincing his babysitter that there is something wrong about the house. She does not believe him, so DJ enlists the help of his best friend Chowder and Jenny, a girl selling Halloween candy (and who nearly gets eaten by the house). Together, the three of them try to destroy the monster house, along the way figuring out its secret.
!!This movie provides examples of:

* TheEighties: Though never mentioned, many signs throughout the film pinpoint the film as being set sometime in the mid-to-late 1980's. It's most likely 1987, due to Halloween falling on a Saturday that year.
* AdultsAreUseless: With the exception of [[spoiler: Horace Nebbercracker (and, to a degree, Skull)]], pretty much every grown up in the film is some combination of stupid and oblivious.
* AllCGICartoon
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Elizabeth/Zee and Bones. [[spoiler:Subverted in the end when she starts going out with the resident nerd, Skull.]]
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese dub has [[http://facedl.com/fvideo=eaiaoinixqini "Seishun no Tobira"]] as its theme song.
%%* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Chowder shows signs of having ADD or ADHD.
* AxeCrazy: The house. [[spoiler:Constance also shows signs of this in life. After all, when angry, she wanted to chase off two kids that were harassing her with an axe.]]
* BabysitterFromHell: Subverted with Zee. Though largely apathetic to DJ, she calls off Bones when he continues harassing her charge, and even gives the kids some halloween candy.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Jenny's entrepreneurial skills are so good, she manages to sell a lot to a very satisfied Zee, who kept trying to shoo her away.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Chowder, DJ and Jenny.
* BraidsOfAction: Jenny's hairstyle, which becomes this once she's brought on the adventure.
* BrokenGlassPenalty: Chowder guilt trips DJ into retrieving his new ball after it is lost on Nebbercracker's yard.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The heavy machinery at the dig site, specifically the crane.
** The house's uvula.
* ChekhovsSkill: During the main character's break-in inside the house, a photograph in the house reveals that Mr. Nebbercracker was a veteran engineer during (perhaps) the Second World War. [[spoiler:This proved instrumental with destroying the house using dynamite during the climax.]]
* ChildHater: Nebbercracker as part of his JerkassFacade. [[spoiler:Constance in life was this, due to the fact that kids made fun of her during her time as a circus freak, and were throwing stuff at her house.]]
* CruelToBeKind: [[spoiler: Nebbercracker had to scare all the children away, or else the house would eat them.]]
* DemolitionsExpert: An old picture shows that Nebbercracker was evidently a former military demoman, which explains [[spoiler:why he keeps a crate of dynamite in the house]].
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:The house is possessed by Constance, who resides in her cage in the basement.]]
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:Even after chasing the kids halfway across the town (presumably), battling a bulldozer, falling off a cliff, and being destroyed by the fall, the house still won't stop trying to kill them. See OneWingedAngel below.]]
* DyingTown: Debatable since they're obviously getting new development where the showdown occurs at the end.
* {{Egging}}: While the titular house was under construction, children threw eggs and rocks at it, which caused Constance to try and attack them.
* EldritchAbomination: The titular house, (aka [[spoiler: Constance]]) and its/[[spoiler: her]] final form.
* EldritchLocation: The titular house. Especially when [[spoiler: Constance starts to affect the insides more.]]
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler:The dynamite that finally finishes off Constance, as well as the construction equipment.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: For a certain extent of evil. Zee can only watch Bones bully DJ for so long before telling him to lay off.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* FatAndSkinny: A few examples. DJ is a very thin boy while his friend Chowder, while not exactly fat, is somewhat chubby, and then there's the two cops, Landers (fat) and Lester (skinny). And although they don't interact until the end, Skull (fat) and Bones (skinny) used to be in a band together.
* FatBastard: To a degree, Constance, although she's more sympathetic than most because of her FreudianExcuse.
* FavouritismFlipFlop:
-->'''DJ:''' Questions?\\
'''Chowder:''' Yes, umm, are you nuts? I don't wanna steal drugs from my Father, I don't wanna go inside a monster, and I don't wanna die!\\
'''Jenny:''' I say it's worth a shot.\\
'''Chowder:''' Yes I agree. Let's do it.
* FictionalVideoGame: ''Thou Art Dead''.
** {{Defictionalization}}: [[http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/monsterhouse/site/game_tad/index.html As seen here.]]
* FirstKiss: DJ's MotivationalKiss from Jenny also seems to have been his first, much to his joy.
--> '''DJ:''' "''I kissed a girl''. I kissed a girl on the lips."
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** [[spoiler:The whole joke about Jenny mentioning the house's uvula, with Chowder mishearing it and claiming the house is female.]]
** Before he collapses at the beginning of the film, Nebbercracker [[spoiler: is clearly about to call the house "her."]]
** Zee's shirt when Jenny is selling candy to her reads "Skull Bones". Bones is the name of her boyfriend at the start of the film. [[spoiler: Skull is the name of the guy she dates at the end.]]
** The Monster House wakes up after Nebbercracker breaks his arm and passes out. Cracks appear on the windows to signify that the house is upset.
* TheFreakshow: Constance was trapped in one until she was rescued by Nebbercracker.
* FreudianExcuse: The titular Monster House [[spoiler:is possessed by the angry spirit of Constance, a woman who was mocked her entire life because she was obese and used to be exposed as a circus freak[[note]]probably against her will, or at the very least while being mistreated, as she had to sleep in a cage[[/note]] until Nebbercracker helped her escape. Constance died while trying to chase off two kids that were pranking her and her spirit never forgot that kids used to mock and harass her.]]
* FunHatingConfiscatingAdult: {{Justified|Trope}} and {{Subverted|Trope}}: Nebbercracker cultivated the "scary, cranky old man" image, and would snatch the toys that ended up landing on his lawn [[spoiler: to protect kids from trying to retrieve them, because his house was sentient, possessed by the vengeful spirit of his wife who had big issues with nasty, pranking hooligan children and couldn't tell them from non-malicious children being playful. The truth is that he was a kind-hearted sweet old man who was happy to give the toys back once the danger was over]].
* {{Geek}}: Skull.
* GeekyTurnOn: [[spoiler:At the end, when Zee starts dating Skull.]]
* GeniusLoci: The house, of course.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** When Zee tells Jenny she's just a babysitter, Jenny decides to "cut the crap" and get straight to business.
*** The Croatian dub translates the word "crap" as "sranje" (and the whole sentence is translated as "Dosta sranja"). In Croatia, the word "sranje" is generally recognized as a strong word closer to "bullshit" (or just "shit") than "crap" - though all three of those translate the same - and as a result we have a case of someone (and a kid, nonetheless) actually saying something that would translate back as "Enough bullshit".
** After Jenny notes that the house has an uvula, Chowder states that it's a "girl" house. It was even featured in the trailers.
** The Latin American dub actually went further than the original, with Chowder confusing uvula (being the same word in Spanish) for ''óvulo'' (Spanish for egg cell), and then saying that the house is ''monstruating''.
** How on earth did this one slip past the censors?
-->'''Chowder:''' Whoa. Look at all these toys!\\
'''Jenny:''' This must be where Nebbercracker keeps his stash.\\
'''Chowder:''' ''(under breath)'' [[HehHehYouSaidX Heh]]. Stash.
** Chowder's parents. Very subtle.
--->'''DJ:''' Chowder, where are your parents?\\
'''Chowder:''' My dad's at the pharmacy and my mom's with her personal trainer at the movies.[[note]] Though there is no indication to suggest that said personal trainer isn't a woman[=/=]friend[[/note]]
** When DJ corrects Bones of his stuffed rabbit's gender, Bones pretends to make out with the rabbit.
** Bones is seen tackling Zee and trying to make out with her, but she resists and kicks him out of the house, after which he mutters "prude".
** At one point, Chowder asks DJ if he has any beer.
** Bones is actually seen drinking beer and appears to be drunk when he approaches the house.
* GirlishPigtails: The little girl at the beginning of the film wears these.
* GirlsHaveCooties: Subverted. Both DJ and Chowder develop crushes on Jenny the moment they see her.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:Nebbercracker is not as evil as he initially appears to be.]]
* GrumpyOldMan: Nebbercracker. [[spoiler:At least this is what he pretends to be.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: The house can get angry with minimal provocation.
* HauntedHouse: Played with; obviously the house is haunted, but the poltergeist [[spoiler:Constance]] ''is'' the house.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Chowder and DJ towards Jenny.
* InkSuitActor: Many of the characters bear very good likeness to their voice actors. Maggie Gyllenhaal as Zee being among the best examples.
* IronicEcho: One of the main gags advertised in the film is when Jenny points out the House's uvula, and Chowder, mistaking the word for [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar something else]], exclaims "Oh, so it's a ''girl'' house!" Turns out, [[spoiler:it is.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Bones.
* JerkassFacade: Nebbercracker. He does this to [[spoiler:protect the children from his [[IncrediblyLamePun house/wife]] Constance.]]
* JustAKid: Why no one will initially believe DJ.
* [[KidHero Kid Heroes]]: DJ, Chowder, and Jenny.
* KidsAreCruel: This could all have been avoided if not for cruel kids teasing Constance and eventually [[spoiler:causing her to fall to her death in the foundation of her new house.]]
* LivingStructureMonster: The titular creature is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a monstrous, animate house.
* TheLoad: For most of the film, Chowder does nothing but screw up and slow DJ and Jenny down.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Horace Nebbercracker, who acts angry and crazy towards people [[spoiler:but turns out not to be such a bad guy.]]
* MoralityPet: [[spoiler:Nebbercracker is this to Constance. She never tries to harm him until he tries to blow up the house with dynamite.]]
%%* MotionCapture
* MotivationalKiss: At the climax, DJ is faced with the task of climbing up a crane and dropping a stick of dynamite down Constance's chimney, destroying her once and for all. When he says that he doesn't think he can do it, Jenny loudly proclaims, "Yes, you ''can''!" before kissing him on the lips.
* MovingBuildings: Especially at the end of the film.
* NeverLiveItDown: In-universe. Constance never forgot the kids that used to tease her.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The funny scene where the house eats the police car whole was different in the movie. Not only were the two cops swallowed separately, but the kids were the only ones inside the car.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Yes, Nebbercracker, saving Constance is a ''wonderful idea'' that will ''not'' come back to bite you in the arse...
** Nebbercracker's modus operandi is to terrorize kids away from the house and confiscate their toys to keep them away...[[spoiler: but this allows the house to use the toys as lures and temptations so it can eat more victims.]]
* ObjectTrackingShot: The leaf at the beginning of the movie.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:The titular house, who turns out to be Constance's vengeful spirit merged with it, becomes more and more monstrous the more times it attacks until eventually she's using two trees in the front yard as legs. After Constance is destroyed, she reforms into a gigantic, bloodthirsty orb of broken wood with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily supported by two trees she uses for legs, becoming a ClippedWingAngel.]]
* OperationJealousy: It's heavily implied the reason [[spoiler:Zee hooks up with Skull is to get back at Bones]].
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:The house is possessed by a malevolent spirit that ''eats'' people who come too close to it...]]
* PacManFever: {{Averted|Trope}}. Uber-nerd Skull is a purported master of ''Thou Art Dead'', an arcade game at the pizza joint he works for. [[WordOfGod According to]] [[http://www.robotoperatormanuals.com/film/monsterhouse/MHTAD.html a designer on the film]], it was heavily inspired by ''[[VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins Ghosts 'n Goblins]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaI Castlevania]]'', and made sure to recreate the 16-bit look of games from the period.
* PoliceAreUseless: Though, in fairness, there's only two cops in the movie, one of whom has only been on the job for under a week. Oh, and Judy back at the station.
* ProductPlacement: The people in this movie sure like Mr. Clean.
* ProperlyParanoid: Nebbercracker [[spoiler:wanted to make sure the children leave his house so that it wouldn't provoke Constance's wrath]].
* RabidCop: On the one hand, children should learn to respect the law and shouldn't throw stones at people's houses. On the other hand, DUDE DID YOU JUST THREATEN TO SHOOT SOME KIDS?! Police who behaved that way in Europe would lose their badge on the spot, first week or not, but in America it makes for a good joke because it's not happening to you right now.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Chowder is indeed right about [[spoiler: the spirit possessing the house being a female, but it's not because it has an uvula in its mouth (which he probably heard as "uterus"]].
* SeniorCreep: Mr. Nebbercracker, whom the others don't like due to his scary demeanor and habit of taking everything that ends up on his lawn.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Jenny.
* StealthPun: It is revealed that the house [[spoiler:is possessed by the vengeful spirit of Constance, Mr. Nebbercracker's wife]]. Which makes it a [[spoiler:house-wife.]] Made much clearer when DJ uses the term unironically at the end.
* StylisticSuck: The animators tried to go for a StopMotion feel when animating this movie, to attempt to avoid UncannyValley feel of pieces the team did before, like ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress''. Despite being from 2005, this makes the aging of the movie seem less apparent to most.
%%* ThreeAmigos
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler: The House once we find out it's possessed by Constance who died tragically because of some cruel kids who was harassing her.]]
%%* TwoDecadesBehind
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: The main trio.
* UndeathAlwaysEnds: [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, the house is finally destroyed, setting Constance's spirit free.]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: There's a BIG, LIVING GODDAMN HOUSE stomping its way through the middle of a suburban neighborhood, and NO ONE comes out of their house to see what's going on.
* UrineTrouble:
** A dog pees on a jack-o-lantern, putting out its flame.
** Don't forget the [[{{Squick}} squick bottles]].
* UnstoppableRage: Constance was not happy about the circumstances of her death and her treatment in life, and [[{{Understatement}} she ain't at rest.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Subverted with everyone eaten by the house, who appear during the end credits.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Constance was forced to be part of a circus as TheFreakshow and was mercilessly mocked by the public and probably mistreated by the owner of the circus. (She ''did'' have to sleep in a cage.) Then she found happiness when Mr. Nebbercracker rescued her and married her, only to die tragically by falling to her death in the foundation of her house when she tried to chase off the kids that were harassing her. Her angry spirit then became part of the house, unable to pass away.]]
* WrongInsultOffence: When DJ accidentally kills his neighbor in a fight [[spoiler:([[NotQuiteDead or so he thinks]])]], Chowder reassures him that he's not a murderer - after all, killing someone accidentally is called manslaughter.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:Constance, a.k.a the house. If anyone disrespects her house, trespasses near her or tries to take her husband away, she'll gobble them up.]]
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: When the kids tell two police officers about the house.