a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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…
“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 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 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.
A comedy/ horror film that takes a bit to warm up to. However, the second half of the film is astounding and plays with standard horror tropes in the best possible way.
I may have enjoyed this even more on a second viewing than I did the first time. Such a fun, fun, fun horror film. And unlike most horror comedies, it is every bit as scary as it is funny. Also, I was delighted to see that the significant third act twist is much more well-developed throughout the course of the film than I thought it was the first time.
Great characters, unpredictable story, very scary, very funny, maybe just a hair too long, but otherwise I can't think of any substantial criticism.
This is an awesome film. It's incredibly creative and well-conducted with all the separate things going on. Also, the characters are well written and real, and hilarious. Also, it's a kiwi film so the humor is just so unique and spot-on. Enjoyed this a lot.
A surprisingly good movie, but this shouldn't be a surprise since most decent horror movies are coming outta New Zealand lately
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
While on the topic of feminist cinema (or not, I try and avoid that baitstorm as much as humanly possible) we have Housebound, (once again on Bluray region B thanks to Germany), featuring my all new favourite female protagonist, Kylie. Morgana O’Reilly is not just a woman playing a mans role and nor is she just a woman playing a female role trying so hard to be feminist its at the expense of all humanity, she’s a flesh and blood human whose gender happens to be female. She’s awesome.
Coming from New Zealand – the masters of cult cinema – Housebound is about as inspired as the stale modern horror genre gets today, its inspiration doesn’t really come from its…
Housebound is probably a much better film than I'm giving it credit for. I went into it wrongly expecting a scary haunted house film, and what I got was a silly comedy murder-mystery film. Maybe watching it again knowing what genre it intends to be might improve my opinion, but as it stands after first viewing, it didn't quench my horror thirst.
Had me surprised like The Babadook did, delightful but didn't hold up for friends that watched along with me, I do think it wasn't enough but still, a delightful popcorn watch with bits of suspense.
Housebound follows a troubled young woman named Kylie who, arrested for attempting to rob an ATM, is sentenced to serve an 8 month sentence of house arrest at her childhood home in the country with her mother and stepfather. At first Kylie finds herself bored out of her mind, but after a few strange occurrences take place she begins to assume that the old house is haunted. Thus begins Kylie's search for the truth about what happened to a young girl who was murdered in the house before her family moved in. Joined by her social worker Dennis, the two investigate possible leads before discovering that their haunting may not play out quite like they expected.
Housebound is a quaint…
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