We have some promissing horror movies this year. It seems a good year for sequels as I believe and hope…
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.
Horror-Comedy time with Gerard Johnstone's Housebound wherein a serial offender, Kylie (Morgana O'Reilly), gets a slap on the wrist for blowing up an ATM with a nine month house arrest sentence.
A nine month !!!HAUNTED HOUSE!!! arrest sentence.
The biggest flaw with Housebound is its run-time, clocking in at an unnecessary 107 minutes the film takes seemingly forever to get started. The first 45 minutes or so contain little to no comedy, only establishing (over and over again) that Kylie is an ungrateful, disrespectful asshole, but then some supernatural shit hits the fan at the feet of 3/4th Jesus and we are a rolling.
Glen-Paul Waru's Amos character jumps into action as the supernatural ghost detective or whatever they call…
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!»
So far the festival's gem, and I already know that this will be (the) one to remember when it's over. A totally charming New Zealand production which manages to put something new into the Haunted House subgenre of horror films. It is also, and even more so, a horror comedy.
A young girl, Kylie, is sentenced to eight months of house arrest at her mother's house after committing several petty crimes. Kylie used to live there earlier too, but she has been away for several years and her memories of it have faded. But when she by accident hears her mother on a phone-in explaining about how her house must be haunted, it all starts coming…
A perfect blend of horror and comedy. Tough girl/thief gets probation and is under house arrest for 8 months. This puts her face to face with her haunted past and her creepy house. Great characters with a screenplay and direction that makes them all shine. I think it's one of the most just pure fun movies I've seen this year. Also whoever has that "Hello Moto!"ringtone should be shot in the face.
Amos: "The close minded are the worst offence against the paranormal Kylie. What are you going to do against the hostile spirit, are you just going to say jokes?"
Kylie: "No, I'm gonna smash it in the face"
I wasn't particularly excited about seeing this picture, i knew little about it, i had only heard of some good buzz. It is October though and this has been a pretty weak year for horror films, so i thought i would give this one a chance and maybe, who knows i would even leave off surprised.
Housebound is Directed by and it stars Morgana O'Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird and Ross Harper.
"Kylie Bucknell is forced to…
Things go bump in the night in this Kiwi ghost story where there are good scares but the comedy rules. The comedy rests on the mundane and everyday as well as the cast's delivery of a sharp script. Special mention to Rima te Waiata as Miriam, committing grand larceny on every scene she's in - with the laconic drawl of John Clarke mixed with the expressive eyes of Shelley Duvall. A complete hoot from beginning to end.
This is an awesome horror/comedy from New Zealand (I don't think I've ever seen a film from New Zealand before until now). Some of the dialogues are hard to understand, but it's visually amusing, so I didn't mind the accents, and has some wicked, inventive scares. There are moments in the film where I couldn't stop giggling, then it shifts to horror—like what the fuck—and then back to gaiety again. So awesome.
One of the most inventive and pure fun horror movies of the year. It gets a bit muddled in places but can be forgiven for it's sheer exuberance. Goes in many different directions that keep the audience on their toes throughout. Manages the very difficult task of being scary and shocking and still very funny.
No se parecen en nada, pero viendo Housebound me recordó mucho una de Michael J. Fox, Muertos de Miedo (letterboxd.com/film/the-frighteners/), la ví en un ADO yendo a Cancun.
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…
Fairly decent horror-comedy from NZ, didn't really live up to all the hype it got over here though. Some nice moments I guess.
This was fantastic. Really great mix of comedy and horror. All of the performances were on point. Felt like a really great mixture of The Innkeepers, Shaun of the Dead and The People Under the Stairs. Must watch for sure.
So. Much. Fun. And I'm definitely adding a grater to my items of survival.
- The Babadook
- Wolf Creek 2
- Dead Snow 2
- The Sacrament
- [REC] 4: Apocalypse
- Two Days, One Night
- Inherent Vice
- Listen Up Philip
- Abuse of Weakness
- Goodbye to Language
no order in particular (that's (partially) a lie). not necessarily films I know I'll like, just things I'll watch. click…
- No Blade of Grass
- The Last Wave
- 1990: The Bronx Warriors
- Miracle Mile
This is a compilation of all feature films that have played at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX from 2005 through…