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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…
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.
Suspenseful, creepy, unpredictable, funny and clever- what more could you ask for?
"...Until she hears the noises herself one night. Things get even worse when Kylie starts having her own sightings & observations of weird stuff happening. Desperate for help, she and her mother confides in Amos the security guard. Amos, a keen amateur paranormal investigator decides to look into things, which leads to them uncovering some rather creepy info about the house in the process. As the mystery deepens, Kyleigh, her mother and Amos all realise that they're gonna have to solve it before whatever it is that dwells in the house engulfs and destroys them all..."
Hooptober 2016, Film #4, Country 1: New Zealand
After an ATM robbery gone hilariously awry, petty thief Kylie (Morgana O'Reilly) is sentenced to house arrest at her childhood home, with her slightly daffy mother (Rima Te Wiata) and her basically mute stepfather (Ross Harper). It's a dismal, dilapidated place filled with musty old paperbacks, ample crawl spaces, dial-up internet and...a ghost? What do you do when you're in a possibly haunted house, but you can't leave due to the monitoring bracelet on your ankle? What's worse: the supernatural or prison?
"Housebound" has a strong, clever premise, which is the reason anyone would give this a go in the first place. I know it's what drew me in. (The fact that…
When a young girl on house arrest begins to experience strange happenings around her home where she's staying with her blabbermouth mother, she has to wonder whether if she's inherited her mom's overactive imagination or if there's a supernatural force wondering around the house who's none too pleased with the current residents. An New Zealand horror-comedy that's equal parts darkly funny and equal parts scary, "Housebound" is one of those surprises that you have to see to believe.
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The kind of low key horror comedy that works brilliantly. The set up is simple, a juvenile delinquent at least 10 years too old to be acting out is caught robbing an ATM thanks in large part to the her own incompetence of that of her partner. Sentenced to 8 months of house arrest Kylie finds that living at home isn't all that great given the presence of a previous occupant who has never left.
Housebound is very much of the Peter Jackson mold, it's dark and funny and features some great scares. The script is smart and repeatedly pulls the rug from under foot allowing viewer expectations to be repeatedly challenged. It's also the kind of film best experienced cold, knowing any in-depth plot points would rob the film of it's sense of the unexpected.
It's impossible for me to talk about Housebound without first discussing What We Do In the Shadows, director Taika Waititi's much-celebrated horror-comedy mockumentary about what happens when a group of vampires living together in a New Zealand house stop being polite and start getting real (okay, that's not quite what it's really about, but I was determined to make that Real World reference either way).
As ignorant as this sounds, outside of Peter Jackson and Flight of the Conchords New Zealand hadn't really registered on my pop culture radar before What We Do In the Shadows, which the internet seemed to fall in love with last year. As a film, Shadows is not without its flaws, but it is admirably…
All 1 1/2 stars are for Eugene.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This unusual horror-comedy from New Zealand is a nice blend of the two genres: the comedy is not so overpowering that it dilutes the horror, but it's actually very funny. The main characters are well-written, which allows us to become invested in the situation and to care what happens to them. Rima Te Wiata was terrific as the mother – she really made the movie for me. The middle does drag a bit as the film flounders while trying to decide what it wants to be, and I was quite surprised that the supernatural elements end up being downplayed in favor of borrowing heavily from the 70s TV classic Bad Ronald. (Not that I'm complaining, of course! I love Bad Ronald.) That said, I'm not sure this film is memorable enough to be a favorite. Maybe it'll grow on me even more when I watch it again.
I love how unpredictable this film was and how you were always on edge
Watchlist of movies that only you and your best friends might appreciate.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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