10/20/14 – 2014 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #20 – Housebound.


Oh New Zealand. Please tell me you’re back in business with another batch of fantastic horror comedies. Back in the day, New Zealand gave lil’ adolescent me the gift of Peter Jackson and his amazingly disturbing films, Meet the Feebles, Bad Taste and Dead/Alive (or Brain Dead, depending on what part of the world you’re in.) Now, once again there’s another little, twisty-turny, macabre, horror comedy on the horizon with Housebound. Recently released, I saw this the other night on VOD and had an absolute blast with it. Housebound is about a woman arrested after a botched robbery and put on house arrest at her childhood home with her aloof mother and inept stepdad. While this is already her own version of a personal hell, it further gets complicated when her house may very well be haunted. From here, I’ll let the movie speak for itself because there are so many twists and turns, you honestly have no idea what’s going on, or what’s going to transpire next. That’s what I enjoyed the most about the movie. From one moment to the next, you honestly have no clue what’s really happening. It doesn’t feel contrived or cheap, it’s just a good old roller coaster ride that keeps you guessing. And it manages to balance some great scares with some really entertaining comedy all along the way. For me, a main reason why this film just works so well is the acting. The characters and cast are just pitch perfect. From the security man with a secret passion for the supernatural, to the mother who makes me laugh with almost every line or facial expression. But honestly it’s the main star Morgana O’Reilly’s movie. She is just fantastic and I could honestly watch her in anything. It’s a bit long, and probably could have lost a good 15-20 minutes in the editing room, but it’s still a jolly good time. It has one hell of a great 3rd act, and a diabolically fulfilling climax. Plus, any time you know there’s a movie that features an all out battle with an evil Teddy Ruxpin-like teddy bear, you know you’re in for a good ride. Enjoy.


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