Housebound

Housebound ★★★★

There's a clever scene in Housebound that left me in stitches. At one point, the power in the house mysteriously goes out. As one of the characters fumbles in the darkness to find the switch, the light comes back on to reveal a ghostly apparition standing behind someone. Before we and the characters have the chance to react, the light is quickly turned back off, rudely interrupting the musical cue for the jump scare. There are lots of these moments cleverly woven throughout the film that use horror tropes simultaneously for suspense and comedic effect. Housebound is the rare horror comedy that works effectively, balancing offbeat humour with genuine suspense, and enough twists and turns along the way to keep you invested. It's also a ton of fun.

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