Housebound ★★★★½

Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to her childhood house after being put on house arrest, after commenting and number of petty crimes, her stay is made worse by the relationship with her mother and stepfather as well as the apparent paranormal activity taking place.

This turn out to be a very pleasant surprise, more comedy than horror through the first two acts, with a few jumps sprinkled in for good measure, but then the final act turns into something very interesting indeed, with the horror and thrills being pushed to the forefront. The plot is strong enough, and keeps you guessing till the end with plenty of red herrings along the way.

The humour could have been dialled down a little in the first half, this would have added to the tense, and there wouldn't have felt such a big shift in tone, as there was going into the final act. But that's nothing major, and wouldn't say it was a problem that distracts from the overall content.

Highly recommended.

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