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Cast: Morgana O'Reilly, Rima Te Wiati, Glen-Paul Waru
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.
I was really looking forward to seeing this after reading all the good buzz it got. I am not a big fan of horror/comedy but this one looked really good. I am not going to go into major plot details here so not to ruin the film for those of you wanting to see it but I will tell you how I felt about it.
The film wastes no time in getting to the story as it introduces us to its main character, Kylie, a troublesome young lady. Instead of putting her in a correctional institute the judge instead sentences her to eight months of home arrest hoping that going home will get her straightened out. What happens after she is home is something you will have to find out when you watch the film. I liked the story right from the start but I did not think it was as good as advertised but then around the third act the story really picks up and several twists and turns are introduced and there is even a good amount of action, suspense and tension that lasts till the film's final frame.
Right from the start I liked the setting with the old creepy looking house and the atmosphere that was created from that but it was not till that third act that I really started to enjoy the film. After that you are at the edge of your seat until the very end.
Another thing that made the film so good was the cast, everyone in the film did a great job but I was really impressed with Morgana O'Reilly who plays Kylie and Rima Te Wiata who plays her mother.
"Housebound" was a horror/comedy I really enjoyed. There were some very funny moments of interaction from the characters that I loved. I also thought that the story slowly got better and better as it moved along. There were some good scares as well that I enjoyed. I highly recommend this to all horror fans, try to avoid reading spoilers before checking it out and you will find it to be as original and fun as I did.
Available on DVD and Blu-ray with Special Features that include:
Commentary by the Filmmakers
Released by Xlrator Media
**** Out Of *****