Watchlist of movies that only you and your best friends might appreciate.
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When Kylie Bucknell is sentenced to home detention, she's forced to come to terms with her unsociable behaviour, her blabbering mother and a hostile spirit who seems less than happy about the new living arrangement.
Housebound is an unpredictable, suspenseful horror comedy and, to my delight, you can add hilarious and heartfelt to the ongoing list of adjectives. It's nice to know that the creative and unique horror comedy is alive and well in New Zealand.
Throughout the entire movie I never knew what was going to happen next and it was such a welcomed feeling of the unknown, it's not often enough that a genre film can keep me on my toes as I have a firm grip on my husband's arm, just in case the next scene sent me flying.
Kylie is a troubled young woman with a drug addiction that has landed her in and out of rehabs, after her latest run…
It shouldn't be surprising anymore that some of the best horror films come from Down Under these days. Housebound is no exception.
Crafted with a brilliantly off beat sense of humour, Housebound is a horror film that is not set out to scare you, but to entertain. It does so by unashamedly relishing in horror conventions, perfectly balancing scares with laughter and gore.
All this works so well because Housebound understands two things really well. You need a good story and you need great characters. And boy does it ever. The mother and daughter are characters that slowly grow on you. Not very relatable at first, but as the story progressed so did my appreciation of them. It even manages…
“Are you familiar with the term dissociative identity disorder?”
After having watched the hilarious New Zealand mockumentry, What We Do in the Shadows, I decided to follow it up with another Kiwi film written and directed by first time director Gerard Johnstone. Housebound is yet another brilliantly crafted film that manages to blend the horror and comedy genres together in such a way that the film excels at both things. Usually when you have a film like this, it is either more concerned in delivering on the comedy or on the horror, but very few times does it actually manage to do so on both ends. Housebound is a parody of horror films while at the same time maintaining a…
A horror comedy that mostly forgets its comic side, Gerald Johnstone's "Housebound" works mainly because of its ability to chill early on and its ever-so-slightly bizarre texture that sets in near the film'c climax. With effective jolts, strange reveals, and a refreshingly offbeat vibe, the Kiwi thriller makes for a solid and appealing viewing experience.
Built around a young woman who is sentenced to house arrest after some minor criminal misdeeds, "Housebound" follows as the woman encounters some strange goings-on during her incarceration. Mystery, things-that-go-bump-in-the-night, and long-kept secrets combine for a horror narrative that is more effective when it avoids its daffy side. Its light-toned moments may bring about some smiles, but they only distract from the film's solid sense…
A podcast listener suggestion, Housebound is a horror comedy from New Zealand by first-time writer/director Gerard Johnstone. Utterly enjoyable, with great Shaun of the Dead-esque dialogue and slapstick comedy tinged with just enough suspense payoff to keep it looped into the genre.
Discussed in episode #82, a Top 10 Last 10 podcast episode, in which we rank the last 10 films we've seen.
So are you happy to proceed with the story... that Mr. McRandle was attacked by a vengeful ghost?
Writer/director Gerard Johnstone comes close to doing for the haunted house film what Edgar Wright did for the zombie film. Not only does he pull off an excellent horror/comedy, but it ends up being one of the best horror films of the year.
The key is that like the best horror comedies out there Johnstone treats the horror seriously and never lets the comedy under cut it. He not only balances the horror, deadpan humor, suspense and dark comedy but he does so with ballsy confidence.
Instead of playing it safe, he not only pulls of a film with a…
This movie really grabbed my attention the first time I viewed it. I thought the New Zealand element was neat and fresh. Housebound had a great, rolling creepiness with fantastic camera work to use light and shadow. Kylie Bucknell (Morgana O'Reilly) is a troubled woman who has a drug habit and lives her life as a criminal. She has been in trouble many times, but this last time she is reprimanded to house arrest at her childhood home. Kylie is shrewd and ignorant to her mother, Miriam (Rima Te Wiata) and stepfather Graeme (Ross Harper). She overtakes the house acting rude every chance she gets all the while discovering strange goings on. Her mother stated that things disappear, the energy…
Check out my review at Film Club 3.0's blog!
at least it gives a reasonable damn explanation for why the protagonist stays in the creepy house
A quirky movie, with some genuinely scary parts. Also, the star, Morgana O'Reilly... she's a peach.
Nice and cleverly constructed little horror comedy.
a surprisingly decent comedy-horror
not good enough to
be an a-horror, not bad
enough to be b
Housebound is a good time, don't get me wrong, but it didn't live up to its buzz for me. I think I did it a disservice by seeing What We Do In The Shadows first -- the two movies are similar enough in tone that I kept comparing them, and it's hard to be better than WWDITS.
It's a quite competent dark comedy, but the skillful sense of humor would have been better utilized had they not rationalized the initially paranormal antagonist.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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Did one of these 3 years ago. So much has happened since, we're all different people yada yada.