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Housebound (2014)



Critic Consensus: Alternately hilarious, gross, and simply diverting, Housebound is the rare horror-comedy that delivers on both fronts.

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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-intentioned 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 & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & 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.(c0 XLRator

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Morgana O'Reilly
as Kylie Bucknell
Rima Te Wiata
as Myriam Bucknell
Ryan Lampp
as Eugene
Mick Innes
as Kraglund
Bruce Hopkins
as Officer Carson
Millen Baird
as Officer Grayson
Ian Mune
as Judge
Kitty Riddell
as Elizabeth Chalmers
Lila Sharp
as Young Kylie's Voice
Andrew Dickens
as Radio Host
Louise Mills
as Fitness Host
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Critic Reviews for Housebound

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (10)

Housebound does ghosts in the walls with the same wacky panache as the recent Wyrmwood did Aussie zombies.

July 2, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Johnstone is one to watch.

July 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Housebound winningly sticks two fingers up to tired genre persuasions, effecting a barnstorming crowdpleaser populated by people you want to root for and tension you can chew. It's the stuff Friday nights at the movies were made for.

July 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/5

First-time director Gerard Johnstone may not possess the wild visual invention of his patron Peter Jackson, but he's ruthlessly proficient at old-school scares.

June 30, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An extremely confident and promising debut.

October 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The mishmash that results is by turns creepy, silly, inventive, darkly funny and, at one point, mind-blowingly bloody.

October 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Housebound


Didn't find the execution & blending of genres well enough. O'Reilly was irritable & not an appropriate choice for the character. Although hardly similar, the movie reminded me of Rear Window. Could have been better!

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familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


A highly diverting blend of gory horror and hilarious dark comedy that works delightfully well on both ends, and it is great to see how it easily moves from one genre to another and from one twist to the next while remaining always fresh, surprising and unpredictable.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A great example of how horror-comedy differs from "horror" that filmmakers couldn't be bothered to put enough effort into it so they don't take it seriously and hope that counts. Housebound is definitely in the first camp, and is the best horror-comedy I have seen in a long while. The Kiwis are really nailing the genre, and Housebound has one of the biggest single laugh out loud moments I've seen recently. Unfortunately as an overall package it doesn't have the non-stop delivery you can want in a top-tier film, but the moments are worth it most definitely.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

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