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…
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…
One of the many reasons I love Letterboxd is the films you can discover here. I like many of you have found some very good films on the site that I might not have otherwise heard of if I wasn't a member. Housebound from writter/director Gerard Johnstone, is another one of those films. It's a gem of a horror/comedy set in New Zealand that delivers a solid amount of laughs if horror on the funny side happens to be your thing. I didn't know it was a horror/comedy going in, as far as I knew it was a straight up horror film, but the comedic tone is set in an opening seen that features maybe the worst attempted robbery of…
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 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.
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…
Absolutely hilarious with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing all throughout. A refreshing horror-comedy treat with likeable characters and excellent writing. What starts off as a haunted house film spirals out of control and into uncharted territory. You just never know what's going to happen next! Highly recommended!
This was kinda a disappointment. Very smart but lacked characters to care about
Funny, scary, clever, tense, random -- Housebound has all these wonderful elements. A little messy at times, and can also feel as if cobbled together from two or three different shooting scripts, but performance wise and action wise, a pleasure to watch.
Also, is it just me or does that font look reminiscent of the original film, House, from 1986??
This film was included on my 2014 Favorites list. You can read the full post here: obsessivemovienerd.com/2015/01/23/favorite-films-of-2014/
this film was made in UK. so .. even it have a good rating, you need to lower your expectation. it has a good story line, misteriously interesting and i found it difficult to guess who is the killer till the end.
A dash of mystery, a hint of horror, and gobs on gobs of some of the driest humor I've seen in ages, Housebound is not only ridiculously hilarious, but genuinely fun in its frights.
One of those movies that I wished I had watched it sooner so that I could have included it on my best of 2014 horror list.
Pretty impressive first movie by New Zealand director Gerard Johnstone. Maybe half an hour too long but that doesn't keep Housebound from being a satisfying mixture of comedy and horror. I'm looking forward to Gerard's next movie!
Equal parts hilarious and scary. The movie is filled with so many great twists and turns without turning into a convoluted mess. It's akin to Evil Dead 2 and fantastic.
Dazzling, funny, yet creepy.
- 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
- The One I Love
- The Babadook
- Under the Skin
Taken from this Slashfilm article and Letterboxd-erized here, for my convenience (and yours).
Edit: I re-ordered them so the films…