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.
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…
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…
Every year I look forward to Fangoria magazine's Chainsaw Awards nominees. Even with all the access to so many reviews, blogs, and online information for horror buffs, they still manage to squeeze in some titles I hadn't heard of. Housebound was one of these, earning nominations for Best Direct-to-Video/Limited Release, Supporting Actress, and Screenplay. All of those were deserved and this is one of the otherwise unsung bright spots for 2014 horror.
A New Zealand horror comedy with a central mystery that takes us in unexpected and often hilarious directions. Make no mistake, there are some dark and frightening scenes to balance out the humor. Exciting finale and good gore, too.
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 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.
Funny, just great
Kiwi Gabriel Iglesias is here to save the day...as is Eugene.
Where did this flick come from? This flick is exactly what the horror comedy needs to look to for inspiration. And it's a hella lot funnier than Shaun of the Dead.
A gritter, funnier, more heartwarming version of a top-tier Scooby-Doo episode. It doesn't always nail the tone it wants to achieve (ideally, this would be a comic-Gothic story about mental/physical/legally-mandated isolation), but works extremely well in fits and starts. Buoyed by a lightness of touch and very charismatic performers. A fun one.
Best poster ever!
Well, that was a really funny and scary movie!
Great horror with a few dashes of dry Brit humor and physical comedy. You can see the influence of Edgar Wright and Sam Raimi here but in a great way! Not too overbearing with its comedy.
This was released in 2014.
Everyone speaks (moderately) clear English.
New Line Cinema announced a US adaptation earlier this month.
Let that sink in.
Bonus: They misspell Peter Jackson as Pater Jackson in that link.
An okay story with a few minor flaws. Entertaining nonetheless.
- 13 Sins
- 100 Bloody Acres
- The ABCs of Death
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
- The Babadook
- Wolf Creek 2
- Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
- The Sacrament
- [REC]⁴ Apocalypse
2014 promisses to be a good year for horror!
Not on letterboxd:
Pernicious (James Cullen Bressack)
Zombie Fight Club