Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
Terror Gets Domesticated
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…
“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…
2014 has been a disappointing year for horror films! Then I came across this underrated little gem! Boy oh boy did my eyes light up when I realized I had struck pay dirt!
I still can't wrap my head around the fact that this is Gerard Johnstone's directorial debut! With a great first time outing like this it tickles me to think "We haven't seen nothing yet" from this promising young director!
It pulls off a fantastic balancing act insuring the horror won't be undermined by its deadpan humor! Throw in some nail biting tension for luck and you have one hell of a viewing experience!
I love the fierce little minx Kylie Bucknell (Morgana O'Reilly)! She's tough as nails…
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…
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…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Really inventive horror comedy. I wasn't very taken with the movie for the first half, but once the plot shifts directions it really comes into its own. The last act plays out like an absurd gothic novel, with a strange man in hidden rooms, past crimes coming to light, and a rooftop climax.
An impressive little flick.
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Housebound is a laugh out loud hysterical horror pic with great tension and suspense, has one of the most badass horror heroine since Sharni Vinson, and great amounts of slapstick comedy and gore that brings homage to the earlier works of Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi.
Quirky tale that maybe isn't more than an R-rated "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" feature, but it remains fairly fun. Ok!
One word: Genius.
Housebound is at first thought a horror movie, but because it says "Comedy Horror", yess.. there is also quite a bit humor in there.
Morgana O'Reilly especially puts a lot of seriousness in her acting. She looks serious at all times, with her severe look, but that makes it funny!
I laughed a lot during the entire movie, so did others.
I somehow went into this not knowing it was a comedy and was pleasantly surprised by how freaking fun it was. I mean, any movie that can make urinating a simultaneously hilarious and terrifying experience is okay in my book.
Also, Rima Te Wiata is a freaking GEM and I wish she was in everything ever.
A worthy comedy horror film. This is possibly even equal to the great film Cabin in the Woods. If you love ridiculous violence and outrageous scenes then this film is for you.
2014 was great for New Zealand horror filmmakers. Jennifer Kent's THE BABADOOK was a master class in point-of-view horror, and Gerard Johnstone's HOUSEBOUND takes a Scooby-Doo mystery plot and turns it into a riveting comic ghost story that also happens to have a few terrific thrills.
Kylie Bucknell (Morgana O'Reilly) is an angry youth who is sentenced to house arrest at the home of her estranged mother after botching an ATM robbery. As with all haunted house stories, strange shit starts happening, but there is nothing she can do to leave. Her mother, Miriam (Rima Te Wiata) has been living in this place for 20 years or so, and despite her dedicated belief that the house is haunted, she seems…
"But anyone who says there's no such thing as a bad egg obviously hasn't worked in social services. "
after reading, hearing about, and watching the trailer; I finally got around to seeing Housebound. It was a strange gem from New Zealand, but I mean that in the nicest way possible.
The film follows Kylie Bucknell, who is abruptly forced to return to the house she grew up in after the court places her on house arrest. [for constant thievery, including an ATM at the beginning of the movie] Her fate is made more unbearable by the fact she has to live in the family home with her Mother - a well-meant blabbermouth who's convinced that the house is haunted.…
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
2014 promisses to be a good year for horror!
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Pernicious (James Cullen Bressack)
Zombie Fight Club