Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam, a well meaning blabbermouth who's convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam's superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables and small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers and strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she's inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who's not particularly thrilled about her return.
Housebound is a 2013 New Zealand comedy horror film that was written and directed by Gerard Johnstone, and his feature film directorial debut. The film had its world premiere on March 10, 2014 at South by Southwest and stars Morgana O'Reilly.
The Great thing about this movie is that it completely works as both a horror movie and a comedy movie. The comedy is sometimes subtle but is always organic and blended into the scenes perfectly. If i had to compare it to something I would almost be tempted to call it the "Shaun of the Dead, of haunted house films." There are plenty of twists and turns and a mystery that slowly unravels to a great ending. The haunted house aspect of the film is pulled off better and in a more interesting way than many of the similar films in the sub genre that focus only on the horror aspect. The characters are all great and fit their roles perfectly with dialogue that is expertly written and delivered bringing a lot of life into this film. I say put this on your must see list for 2014 because it's one you certainly do not want to miss.
XLrator Media will be releasing HOUSEBOUND in Theaters, VOD and iTunes on October 17th.
If you haven't seen the trailer for this movie do yourself a favor and watch it now!