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…
“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…
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…
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…
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 highly diverting blend of gory horror and hilarious dark comedy that works delightfully well on both ends, and it is great to see how easily it moves from one one genre to another and from one twist to the next while remaining always fresh, surprising and unpredictable.
Hilarous; scary. And that's all I want to say. Just see it.
The only way this movie could have been more Kiwi is if it had been narrated by Rhys Darby.
The perfect combination of comedy, horror, action, suspense. God bless New Zealand for this movie.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
- The house arrest idea is pretty genius.
- Unfortunately it often leans towards the goofy side more than the horror side when I found myself more in sync with its scares than its sense of humor.
- I've seen a lot of reviews that complain about the unlikeable protagonist, though I liked that. So often horror movie heroines have the same sweet, banal personality. Having your heroine be so brutally bratty seemed like a bold choice to me.
- The guy in the walls was incredibly creepy, but it lead to some horror movie frustration as to why she didn't just show the cop the passage behind the vacuum cleaner, though I guess it's possible he boarded…
Funny and a little spooky, winning characters, but a few too many twists and about twenty minutes too long.
A clever plot in a great setting with an excellent supporting cast of interesting characters is almost sabotaged by the direly unsympathetic protagonist. It's very difficult to care about Kylie's plight when just enduring her onscreen presence is a serious chore. The thriller side of the film is good, and I love an unpredictable mystery, but unfortunately the comedy side is very prevalent and not nearly as funny as it thinks it is. Not so much so that it's actively insulting, like so many horror "comedies", but just a bit flat.
A gosu film. With a gosu lead. GG WP!
Joe Dante by way of New Zealand. Juggles horror, suspense and comedy in a way that seems effortless. Whereas other throwback horror movies try to nail the slower pace or even stilted acting of the past, this is more alined to making a familiar/classic horror movie that isn't afraid to be very goofy, while not making fun of itself.
The story starts off simple but quickly begins pulling back the curtains (or walls in this case) to expand this small playground the main character is in. She begins as misunderstood burnout, trying to explain away her side of the situation and ends up as a misunderstood hero, trying to explain the facts on deaf ears. Everything soon goes to shit when house arrest turns into a murder mystery party.
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
2014 promisses to be a good year for horror!
Not on letterboxd:
Pernicious (James Cullen Bressack)
Zombie Fight Club