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…
I'm by no means up-to-date on the horror genre, I love being scared occasionally and while I don't think this is a scary film, it was refreshing to see the lead character as strong women rather than a jittery damsel.
There are still the cliches that keep this film from being truly breathtaking, but it's a start for first time writer/director Gerard Johnstone.
Fun "horror" movie that should definitely keep you entertained.
Wow. Housebound is one great surprise of a movie. What started as kind of a slow, pretty uninteresting story with an obnoxious lead character (but still with some good and modest performances, a satisfying character development and a great sense of humor) turns by the third act to something completely different and from there starts in a full force one of the best acts I've seen in quite some time.
A great combination of fun and hilarious bits with suspenseful and chilling moments. And none of those-completely-opposite-qualities harms the other. Masterfully conducted script and direction by the writer and director Gerard Johnstone in his debut feature. Quite unbelievable.
Probably the most amazing thing for me is that what seems to…
One of the few horror comedies that manages to be both startling and hilarious at the same time. Loved this film.
As a sheepshagging Kiwi myself, I was pleasantly surprised to see we have some serious genre talent to contribute to the world of horror. Gerard Johnstone, whose only previous experience in the biz is writing comedic TV shows, has created a tense, funny haunted-house picture that effectively delivers a balance of laughs and scares.
Kylie Bucknell (a rough, dyed-up Morgana O’Reilly), is sentenced to home detention after a bank robbery goes horribly wrong. With nowhere else to go, she returns to the house she grew up in. Her mother (Rima Te Wiata), a sweet but blabby woman is convinced there is a ghost in the house. Kylie, not the type of person to be swayed by such nonsense, thinks her…
This is a solid and creepy paranormal mystery horror film from New Zealand. It's ultimately too slow, but it has great humor and some surprises. Reminded me a bit of THE FRIGHTENERS with a dash of REAR WINDOW.
My review: blueprintreview.co.uk/2015/07/housebound/
Juggles spine-chilling scares, Scooby Doo-esque mystery and quirky Kiwi comedy with great aplomb. Also: Rima Te Wiata is a name you won't soon forget.
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…