ByTiffany Hopkins, writer at
I love things and stuff of a thingly nature. Don't take me seriously, I just like to have fun.

Horror comedies are pretty much hit or miss with me. The best ones have to have just the right mix of comedic antics and suspense or scares. New Zealand has been churning out some pretty epic flicks in this genre that would make Peter Jackson proud, and Housebound does not disappoint. Housebound made it’s US debut at the South By Southwest film festival on March 10, 2014. This is also the first feature film for director Gerard Johnstone. The atmosphere of the film is very modern and has a sense of tension about it that will keep you hooked. Housebound is not your typical haunted house story. You know the formula, house has a dark and mysterious past unknown to it’s owners (or at least one of them). Weird things start to happen until one pinnacle event occurs causing all Hell to break loose. I mean, it does have those elements, but not all is what it seems. Kylie Bucknell (Morgana O'Reilly) is a feisty, self-centered rebel who’s latest criminal escapades finally catch up with her. The punishment is house arrest at her childhood home with her loopy mother Miriam (Rima Te Wiata) and stoic stepfather Graeme (Ross Harper). Once in the home, almost immediately Kylie begins to experience strange events but very swiftly dismisses them with a tough-girl disregard. One night’s event brings Kylie’s home detention security officer, Amos (Glen-Paul Waru), into the mix, after her mother expresses her belief that it’s a paranormal occurrence. Amos finds this as the perfect opportunity to delve into his hobby of “ghost hunting”. As the film unfolds, the hauntings become more frequent and mysterious. Amos and Kylie soon find themselves cracking the case open on a 20-year-old murder. The humor in Housebound is so brilliantly subtle. Not only does it have some chilling, suspenseful moments but also a couple of hilarious “gore” scenes. With a runtime just over an hour and a half you’ve got nothing to lose. If you’re a fan of horror comedies you definitely need to give Housebound a chance, especially for it’s intelligent little twist toward the end of the film. For AmazonPrime or Vudu subscribers it’s only $9.99 (standard definition)! You can also view it on Google Play.


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