Monster House is a 2006 computer animated and motion capture film. It was produced by Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis and written by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab.The movie focuses on DJ Walters, a boy who believes the house across the street from him is actually a monster. 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.
Chekhov's Skill: 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. This proved instrumental with destroying the house using dynamite during the climax.
Child Hater: Mr. Nebbercracker as part of his Jerkass Fašade. 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.
Determinator: 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 One-Winged Angel below.
Dying Town: Debatable since they're obviously getting new development where the showdown occurs at the end.
The Eighties: 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. Further supporting this is the fact "Thou Art Dead" is actually the arcade game Barbarian, which was also released in '87.
Executive Meddling: Apparently producer Steven Spielberg and director Gil Kenan made the final product more scary in tone than one of the screenwriters Dan Harmon intended and also added the scene expanding on Constance's origin and death. Considering the film is in fact called Monster House and the backstory is actually very important plot wise, fans of the film would see their influence as a good thing.
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 its worth a shot. Chowder: Yes I agree. Let's do it.
DJ: "I kissed a girl. I kissed a girl on the lips."
Foreshadowing: The whole joke about Jenny mentioning the house's uvula, with Chowder mishearing it and claiming the house is female.
Fun Hating Confiscating Adult: Justified and subverted: Mr. Nebbercracker cultivated the "scary, cranky old man" image, and would snatch the toys that ended up landing on his lawn 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.
Ink-Suit Actor: Many of the characters bear very good likeness to their voice actors. Maggie Gyllenhaal as Zee being among the best examples.
Ironic Echo: One of the main gags advertised in the film is when Jenny points out the House's uvula, and Chowder, mistaking the word for something else, exclaims "Oh, so it's a girl house!" Turns out, it is.
Motivational Kiss: 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 mouth.
One-Winged Angel: The titular house becomes more and more monstrous the more times it attacks until eventually it's using two trees in the front yard as legs. After the house is destroyed, it reforms into a giant bloodthirsty orb of broken wood supported by two trees it uses for legs. Leading to a Clipped Wing Angel.
Pac Man Fever: Averted. Uber-nerd Skull is a purported master of Thou Art Dead, an arcade game at the pizza joint he works for. The game shown on the screen is actually the side-scrolling platform game Barbarian published for home computers back in 1987. So within the films likely setting, The Eighties, the game is wholly accurate. The in-movie name came from Barbarian's iconic Game Over screen featuring the skeletal Big Bad of the game leering at the player with the words "THOU ART DEAD" in flaming letters.
Police Are Useless: Though, in fairness, there's only two cops in the entire town, one of whom has only been on the job for under a week. Oh, and Judy back at the station.