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…
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…
“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 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.
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…
One of my favourite horror movies in recent years, this one. Kind of unfair to compare it to a movie like Braindead just because its origins are familiar. If a movie could be both anarchic and dry at the same time, I guess that's how I would describe Housebound. Walking the fine line between ghost story and crime mystery, it's actually kind amazing how well Housebound manages to spin so many proverbial plates in terms of keeping the right tone to make all of the elements seem plausible, whilst still being a wildly entertaining film. For a relatively low budget film from New Zealand I think this is absolutely worth seeking out.
Guys, guys: watch Housebound as soon as you can. Utterly fucking delightful NZ horror comedy that's both scary and hilarious; so well done.
I didn't want to watch Housebound. Anyone who reads my write-ups (not that I expect anyone to) knows that I'm done with the whole haunted house genre of horror. (Not that I've really done a good job of sticking to that ideal, as per the fact that I've reviewed a ton of haunted housey movies this year.)
It's not worth explaining why I made an exception for Housebound. But let's just say that I'm really glad I did.
Housebound paints-by-numbers through the first quarter of the movie. You've got yourself a regular ol' haunted house, right? There are some genuinely creepy moments (basement scenes will always be creepy, even in bad haunted house horror movies--just saying), but you can pretty…
This was a lot of fun. It doesn't do anything revolutionary, but it was constantly surprising me by going left when I expected it to go right. Ultimately more funny than creepy, but it never stops taking itself seriously as a thriller despite the subversive humor.
I'm not even sure if I can really review this film. I blind bought it because it was: cheap, had an interesting cover to me, and was a horror flick. That's all. That doesn't always work out, but in this case- HOLY SHIT. This is definitely on my short list of favorite new films of this year. Completely original, great acting, and amazing cinematography/sound design, I was completely unprepared for how much I was going to love this film. I'll have to come back at a later date, after watching it a few more times (I'm at only two viewings right now), so that I have better stuff than "wow, it's good, I love it, huzzah." What a shit review. Just watch it.
If I had to- for fans of:
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Housebound is a curious little film from New Zealand in which a trouble young woman is sentenced you house arrest and strange things that may or may not be some kind of haunting occur. The film actually spins off from that and involves a lot of investigating; nothing as is simple as it seems of course and to mention the path it takes would be serious spoiler territory.
I do have to say that I wasn’t a big fan of some of the twists in Housebound. Some of them just felt a little too farfetched and silly – taking me out of the movie in the process. The film has a bit of a following and I can see why;…
Refreshingly unpredictable with satisfying plot twists featuring very enjoyable characters all round.
Funny and rather adorable.
Wow! Scary, funny, surprising! What a great ride! I'll be evangelizing this one at work :)
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…