Housebound

Housebound

DVD - 2014
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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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2014]
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 112 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD Hous

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mknoop2112
Oct 23, 2019

I am big fan of horror comedies, and this one hits the bullseye. It is very well cast, especially the duo of mother and daughter. Enough scares and plot twists to keep you jumping, enough dry humor to bring you back to earth. Not as gory as "Deathgasm" or "Black Sheep," not as slapstick as "What We Do in the Shadows," but another fine New Zealand horror comedy.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 03, 2018

This fantasy/thriller film is probably one of the better ones that I have seen in recent years. An almost thief is given back to the custody of her estranged mother who is dead-set in her belief that their family is haunted by an evil being. The acting in this movie was actually incredible and the director did a great job at building suspense and tension through imagery and sound effects. I even felt scared at times, which is an important thing to feel while watching a thriller or horror film. I would rate this movie 4/5 stars and recommend it to those who want to watch a horror movie that will actually leave them feeling uncomfortable and scared. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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ausnos
Jun 17, 2018

Unfortunately, I did not see the humour in this film at all. It had a good build-up, keeping my interest until just after the half-way mark in duration. At this point, to the conclusion, it lost its appeal.

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aaropender
May 30, 2018

Very funny throughout. Self-aware. Intelligent plot and effective pacing. Solid to great acting across the cast. Good sense of tension, fun horror elements that are not gratuitous in their violence. Totally worth the watch. Certainly worth watching again with friends to share it with them and to enjoy all over again.

MomoT Apr 07, 2016

Brilliant, dark, creepy, and funny as Kiwi horror.

Quimeras Sep 27, 2015

A series of misunderstandings, coincidence, and simply the absurd make this an enjoyable parody of haunted house films.

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JEM_LPL
Sep 15, 2015

Sullen teen runaway Kylie gets busted for trying to rob an ATM with her less than competent partner. She's sentenced to a fate worse than death--she has to move back in with her relentlessly chatty, cheery mother, who lives in a dark, dreary house with an even darker, drearier basement. What's worse, Mom believes the house is haunted--and it just might be.

What Simon Pegg did for zombie pictures in "Shaun Of The Dead", "Housebound" does for the late, great Wes Craven's under rated "The People Under The Stairs". There's no lack of suspects-from the Sean Bean look-alike next neighbor who skins animals to Kylie's goofy parole officer who doubles as a ghost hunter. The mystery and horror is tempered by a lot of dry British wit. When Kylie finds a ghost-like figure in a sheet, she cries out "Jesus!"--and a statue of the Savior is exactly what's under that sheet.

This is a great Halloween rental for tweens and teens who like their haunted house movies scary but not too bloody, and leavened with a lot of wry, dry wit.

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ROXYL
Sep 06, 2015

I loved this movie. Reminded me of Drag Me To Hell. It's funny in an outrageous way with impossible twists and turns and just the right amount of gore - when you least expect it. A must see.

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bosticweb
Aug 14, 2015

Unique...both scary and funny. Dark comedy.

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traceyeatlocal
Aug 05, 2015

I loved this movie. It was a little creepy, really funny and sorta strange. If you like creepy/funny, then you should see it.

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