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.
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…
A half-decent horror/comedy with some twists in the story.
It's more comedy than horror, although the humour isn't obvious at times, it's mostly deadpan kind of stuff.
The horror parts had a Pegg/Frost feel to them which I liked (especially the end).
Good gore effects are the best part of this otherwise lackluster horror-comedy entry. Perhaps the New Zealand accents lead some viewers to attribute more comedy or depth to this film. While it does have some very solid twists towards the end, the route it takes to get to those twists is so convoluted and contrived that it hardly matters at that point.
All hail Oceania--home of modern horror!!!
Between Housebound, The Babadook, How To Save Us, What We Do In The Shadows, Daybreakers and more--while all unconventional horror (except maybe Babadook)--I think that whole area where people say 'Feck" instead of "Fuck" should just be called "The New Pacific Theater" and be given all the money to make movies.
A perfect storm of horror, comedy, and mystery.
Housebound is a fun little indie flick from New Zealand. I tad bit of horror, plenty of humor, and some overall bizarre creepiness. Had a nice twist on the haunted house genre.
im a sucker for horror/comedy and this definitely hit the spot
As you might know from my review of Cabin in the Woods, I am not a really big fan of horror/comedy flicks, but that one definitely does it right. I love the way how Gerard Johnstone is playing with some of the most known clichés of the haunted house genre. You must not forget that this is his directorial debut. Props to Mr. Johnstone, well done. From the beginning of the movie, you have to know that you should not take everything too seriously. This is no movie that is supposed to scare you but to entertain you. Therefor, it has got everything that is necesarry. A great story, some likable characters, and some twists that keep this story alive. Maybe the script is a tad too long, but in the end I don't care about it. If you let yourself in for that movie, you will definitely have some good time.
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A surprisingly enjoyable horror comedy whose best aspects may be its cast which includes an oddly interesting and likable lead. I still feel a bit put off by comedic horrors in general, but this is probably the best I've seen since Shaun of the Dead, which I don't remember being as tense or scary as Housebound, just funnier. What made this work for me was its ability to be funny without simply poking fun at horror tropes as so many horror comedies do.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…