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.
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…
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…
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…
“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 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.
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…
Because I'm dumb and watch a movie about a potentially haunted house that used to be occupied by crazy people, on the same day I'm alone in a new house where I just learned that the previous owner was a crazy man who got committed.
When a twenty-something hellion gets arrested for trying to rob an ATM, the judge responds by giving her the "stability" the so clearly needs. The sentence? - 8 months of house-arrest living with her mother and stepfather in their spooky old home, a former boardinghouse for troubled kids. After arriving and getting fitted with an ankle-bracelet, the young woman bust learn to stave off boredom, reconnect with her estranged family and learn all she can about the spooky old residence (which she's starting to suspect is haunted!)
Housebound is a tightly constructed New Zealand horror-comedy where the protagonist has an honest to goodness character-arc. In fact, most all of the characters seem to have unexpected traits which seem to humanize…
I really enjoyed this. It was a whole less predictable than I thought it would be and ended up having a great plot line. It was also comedic at times which surprised me but was a welcome addition. Would definitely watch this again!
The New Zealand horror movie is not only clever.Housebound is a horror film in its own genre. The film provided many clever scares, and a lot of funny moments that was straight up hilarious.Even though the movie played on comedy, it certainly provided the audience with many clever jumpscare's. This movie have created a new phobia with the name of "Eugene".
A smart and engaging horror comedy. Good stuff from NZ.
While the first act felt almost too understated, and the twist was just...bizzarre, the final act helps to balance out a movie that, otherwise , might not have warranted much attention.
Funny and scary. A real treat.
"What are you gonna do against a hostile spirit? You just gonna crack jokes?"
"No, I'm gonna smash it in the face."
I like a lot of quirky horror/comedies from DownUnder, but this one seems a bit unfocused and lacking enough laughs or scares to be really interesting.
A ghost story that wasn't really about a ghost. While zanily acted but wayward in its premise, both abusing and avoiding horror film conventions, Housebound had some novelty but barely enough to retain my interest.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
If there is any…
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…