Welcome Scribbler fans! We’ve got horror by the truckload this week in celebration of Halloween. Old Man Feind took a chance on some foreign horror the other night so let’s see how it works out when we are…
The other night I was just trying to chill out hoping I could find something horrible to watch. I went through title after title of flicks that just looked like complete trash to me before finally deciding to try something called Housebound. I knew nothing about it then a couple things caught my eye. The first thing I noticed was that it was made in New Zealand then I saw in the description “horror” and “comedy” which immediately made me think of the little hunk of awesome that Cult found called Fresh Meat also a Kiwi film. There was hope, maybe I had found something that wouldn’t be a stinker. It’s always a 50/50 proposition when you go into a film you know nothing about but half the fun for me is finding those little diamonds in the massive piles of total shit. So would Housebound be that diamond or just another turd in the punchbowl?
Housebound begins with rebel girl Kylie (Morgan O’Reilly) getting herself in trouble for the umpteenth time finding herself with a sentence worse than jail. She is to be under house arrest at her parents home! She absolutely can’t stand her mother, Miriam (Rima Te Wiata), and honestly it’s easy to see why in very short order. Miriam talks incessantly about nothing while her husband (Kylie’s step father) rarely says a single word. What a fun house to spend the next 8 months in unable to go more than a few feet outside without setting off the fashionable ankle bracelet. The “comedy” or humor in Housebound is never over the top being more of the subtle/dark variety which compliments the tone of the film perfectly though there are some nice laugh out loud moments or at least there were for me.
Things take a turn to the strange when Kylie hears her mother talking on the radio about the house being haunted. Kylie finds her mother completely ridiculous until she begins hearing noises she can’t explain. Toss in a reclusive and strange neighbor and paranoia begins to take hold. After an incident in the basement we find that Kylie’s probation officer, Amos (Glen-Paul Waru), is also an amateur paranormal investigator inducing several sarcastic comments from Kylie that cracked me up since I could imagine myself saying the same things. Psst there are no such things as ghosts, sorry all you amateur paranormal investigators out there.
Meanwhile as part of the agreement of Kylie’s house arrest she has to meet with a psychiatrist as well. Dennis (Cameron Rhodes) seems to be a rather droll and boring psychiatrist who is about as helpful to Kylie as a tick on her ass or, in other words, not at all. As the investigation continues into who might be “haunting” the house things spiral a bit out of control as Kylie learns her mother’s house was once a juvenile insane asylum where some pretty terrible things happened with the house being dubbed the “House of Horrors”. She also thinks she learns who the spirit is that seems to be haunting the house, a young resident who was brutally stabbed 67 times in her very bedroom. Kylie’s investigation, with the help of her probation officer Amos, turns to who killed the girl as the killer was never caught. This leads to several funny moments as the pair suspect the odd neighbor and set about finding any proof
In the end Kylie and her mother bond as they finally discover who the killer is but is it too late? And who is really haunting the house? The spirit of a murdered girl or is it something else entirely? I can’t tell you shit without spoiling it but what I can say is this movie was awesome! The humor is fitting and never slapstick which it could have easily fallen into ruining the film. The balance of horror with subtle dark humor is done to perfection so that in the end Housebound is fun to watch and makes you want to keep watching all the way to the end. It passed The Scribbler Clock Test with flying colors so you know that Housebound is most definitely…
Check it out if you get a chance Scribbler Fans then let us know what you think in the comments below.
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Feind loves watching movies of all kinds so if we watch it, we tell whether you should as well. I'll share mostly horror but I also enjoy everything from big Blockbusters to micro-budget Independent films.
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