Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
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…
Where the hell did Housebound come from? Is it an alien from outer space? I did not know planet earth was still capable of movies that are this good. This new horror-comedy from New Zealand spells out serious trouble for the mediocre logs of bargain-bins flicks that North American filmmakers shit out into both these genres. How rare is it to watch a good comedy these days? Isn’t it impossible to find a horror movie that scares just as much as it entertains? Gerald Johnstone’s directorial debut is a Godsend for both genres. Alien? Godsend? I should make up my mind. The best way to compliment Housebound is by saying that it accomplishes everything that it attempts to accomplish. It…
Hilarious horror comedy from New Zealand that has been conquering audiences throughout horror festivals around the world. Every bit of praise towards the film is well deserved, in which is one of the most fun films of the year.
'Housebound' had me trying very hard not to laugh at the introductory segment. I had had a bad day and I was adamant to bloody well shred the movie to little bits of film reel. It did not work, I smiled; not yet ready to let the film amuse me. Sometimes I wanna brood forever and put on a film to help me with the state of mind. Knowing it was a black comedy - that would not help the 'despondent' cause of wallowing in self-pity by relating to a character - I clicked play anyway, having watched 'Deliver us from Evil' and 'The Brood' just days earlier this was the closest option. Plus 'Jason' in cloth mask on extreme…
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…
You can't punch ectoplasm.
After the disaster that was the Alien viewing on Halloween night my step daughter asked the next day what was the best NEW horror film I had seen. Housebound was the answer without a doubt. As good as the first viewing and looking forward to watching it yet again. Also realized this was one of the rare occasions of a modern horror film NOT sexualizing it's female protagonist and she ends up being the most memorable one in recent memory. Again, loved Morgana O’Reilly in this.
Excellent horror thriller that plays with the genre, and has some wickedly funny laughs along the way.
Bloody marvelous!!! Funny, Scary, brilliant!!!
I wasn't into this at all. Another day, perhaps.
A hidden gem I just ran across. Solid thriller with comedic elements. Great performances make this movie shine. Morgana O'Reilly is incredible. She is beautiful as well as tough, her facial expressions really were priceless. Rima Te Wiata as her mother and Glen-Paul Waru as Amos really worked well with Morgana. There are a few slow spots that drag the movie down but overall it moves at a good clip.
Alternatively predictable or implausible at first, but with fewer cliches than initially thought and a great final act.
Housebound is a ton of fun, a haunted house film that deals cheerfully with addiction recovery and family dysfunction. The tone flirts with wackiness at times, and the characterization sometimes threatens to veer into caricature, but the threat of wackiness/caricature is that you'll stop caring what happens to anyone, and the real affection the film inspires for its characters rescues it - credit especially to Morgana O'Reilly for that. The film grabs your attention and holds it and is entertaining all the way through.
It's like Girl, Interrupted by way of a haunted house. In New Zealand. Gross, funny and features - what has to be - an inspired nod to The People Under the Stairs.
It seems this Autumn season has provided a good crop of well-done horror/thriller films. This one is from New Zealand and it blends multiple genres - suspense thriller, horror and comedy - I don't think I ever laughed out loud in a thriller like this since 7 Boxes earlier this year. The newbie director, Gerard Johnstone, wrote & directed this one about a backslider young woman, Kylie (Morgana O'Reilly) who gets housebound about her family's house instead of going to prison. It's not the normal penalty, but she's diagnosed as a bi-polar, unstable person who needs stability. Her daily lifestyle is mundane and boring - eating, watching tv & arguing with her mom, but things quickly change as they come to terms…
What if I told you that What We Do In The Shadows was the second best horror comedy to come out of New Zealand in 2014? You'd probably say I was lying but the good news is I'm not and Housebound takes that mantle. A terrific haunted house film that plays it perfectly for both laughs, scares and the occasionally gory setpiece, this film has a more refined, pre-hollywood Peter Jackson feel about it and that is in no way a bad thing.
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
- 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
- Inherent Vice
- Abuse of Weakness
- Goodbye to Language
- The Duke of Burgundy
a) movies yet to be distributed that I want to see
b) movies yet to be picked up…