This house isn’t worth a visit. What passes for a plot has Arye Gross move into the house in which his parents were murdered 25 years earlier. He hears about the existence of a skull filled with jewelry, supposedly buried with the body of one of his ancestors, so he and entrepreneur pal Jonathan Stark exhume the 170-year-old corpse, played by Royal Dano, unrecognizable under disfiguring makeup.
The oldtimer wants to have fun now that he’s alive again, but an evil spirit wants that skull, and soon the trio are transported through the walls of the house into another world – a primeval jungle – to do battle.
Director Ethan Wiley is determined to be cute rather than scary. He intros some cuddly creatures – a baby pterodactyl, plus a critter who’s a cross between a dog and a caterpillar – but they don’t add anything to the pic’s charm. Action scenes aren’t very thrilling or suspenseful.