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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…
Clever film. Clever, clever film.
It seems that if you're looking for some fine modern horror/semi comedies, the best place to look is down under. Between the likes of "What We Do in the Shadows", "Deathgasm", and now "Housebound", the sub genre really hasn't been this genuinely smart in a long time.
While Gerard Johnstone's directorial debut mostly leans more towards the horror side of things, it still manages to keep a great amount of dark wit to add some levity to the more intense moments.
The classic "People trapped in Haunted House" scenario gets turned on its head for the sake of compelling mystery thrills with its lead characters. I don't really want to go into much of the…
“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.
Humor and horror make a surprisingly great team in this movie. I'd watch it again and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good haunted house mystery.
Very funny horror comedy with fantastic characters that becomes kind of convoluted towards the end, but always maintains it's wit and style.
Hilarious. This might be one of my favorite films of 2014 that I never saw.
Half horror, half dark comedy, and it works surprisingly well, for the most part. There was a moment an hour in that was so goofy that I began to question my willing suspension of disbelief (think dentures), but it quickly got back on track. Plenty of both disturbing and laugh out loud moments and well acted to boot. Definitely worth checking out.
Hoop-tober: Film #21
Not necessarily scary, or even creepy for that matter, but entertaining, and a fun way to spend 109 minutes overall.
Film #23 in 31 Days of Horror 2016
Viewed on Netflix
This started off as an interesting set up for a Haunted House movie before morphing into something else. As well as keeping me guessing, the whole thing is filtered through the New Zealand sense of humour. The unpredictable nature and hard-to-pin down tone meant it took me a while to get on board with this, but it turned out to be another very entertaining Kiwi Horror Comedy.
The good news is that Housebound holds up really well on a rewatch. You do notice a few sly little inconsistencies on a rewatch once you know what's actually going on, but I'm willing to give those a pass. (Granted, I'm mostly giving them a pass because I've discovered an appreciation for films that don't mind lying to the audience, even though this is a relatively minor example.)
So my prior review of Housebound hits on most of the important points: new phobia inducing, one of the few examples of being both horror and comedy that actually works as both horror and comedy, blah blah blah. Read that review, I guess or whatever.
There is one thing that review doesn't…
you know what, this was fun and scary.
I loved the comedic aspect to this movie.
The Mako Mori test is passed if the movie has a) at least one female character b) who gets her…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…