Here we go again with another horror-comedy, coming to us from New Zealand (Deathgasm, Black Sheep). Intersting thing about Housebound is that it’s equal parts horror and comedy. This means that you will be scared shitless until you start laughing. This creates a very engaging atmosphere and gives Housebound a rather serious note, despite its humor. The main story resembles 100 Feet [2008], that is not a fetish porn flick starring Famke Janssen (although I would love to  watch something like that), up to a point where supernatural elements start to appear. The acting was phenomenal and with such a good script all of the characters came to life. The dialogues are especially funny with brutal one-liners.

Housebound-posterKylie is a troubled young girl. Addicted to drugs and alcohol, she was just caught trying to rob an ATM. Judge decides to help her and sentances her to eight months of house arrest. This means that her primary guardian will be her mother and this also means that she will have to go back to the house where she grow up. This wouldn’t be a problem if she didn’t see strange things there as a kid, and her mother kept seeing them…

Housebound is not just a movie about a haunted house and a troubled girl, but it also explores other subjects like maturity and relationships with aging parents. That infamous return home always reminds us of how life is just too fucking short and how things relatively quickly change. Plus the family itself is just a pure classic with overbearing mother, silent father and problematic daughter. This is just a part of the colorful characters that you will meet if you decide to check out this awesome movie. The story is not cliched with great twists and turns that keep you guessing what the fuck is going on in that creepy house.

Director: Gerard Johnstone

Writer: Gerard Johnstone

Cast: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Ryan Lampp, Bruce Hopkins

Fun Facts: Won the “Fresh Blood Audience Award 2014” at Germany’s Fantasy Film Festival.


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