Housebound

Housebound

Housebound

Ghostly Kiwi tale – fusing horror, mystery and comedy – sees Kylie (Morgana O'Reilly) sentenced to home detention and forced to return to her childhood home. There, Kylie finds herself not only sharing the house once again with her mum (Rima Te Wiata) – who's convinced the place is haunted – but also unsettling phenomena that force Kylie to consider that a ghostly being may not only exist, but also be pissed off about her presence. The directorial debut of Gerard Johnstone (TV's The Jaquie Brown Diaries).

2014Rating: R13, Violence, horror scenes and offensive language109 minsNew Zealand
ComedyHorror
92%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Tony Stamp

Flicks, Tony Stamp

flicks

What a pleasant surprise. Here’s a local effort that garnered raves overseas and lives up to the hype, a haunted house mystery with the DNA of an Amblin movie in its propulsive storytelling.

4.0

Really good genre film

I hate horror films and did not expect to like this one but it won me over with its humor and charm while I looked away during the gory bits.

4.0

Chills minus the thrills

This was a top notch horror could just have done with a few more hotties. Nothing new but I liked the humor.

4.0

So good Kiwi horror with humour

This was the best surprise because I love a good horror but I don't like to be scared which is not to make sense at all I know! But for the humour in this kept me feeling not scared and very entertained. I almost took my Grandma to see this but I'm glad that I didn't because she would have been shocked lol! I have been telling everyone to see this becuase...

5.0

Shaun of the Dead meets Mr Wrong and Brain Dead

A perfect mix of comedy and horror. Kylie (endearingly awful selfish willful kick ass girl) is sentenced to 8 months home detention with her Mum (irritating, brainless, hard working and loving). In a haunted house. At first Kylie thinks her Mum is nuts but stuff happens and soon she's begging the cops and her parole officer and her shrink to move her out....

5.0

New Zealand Film at its Best

This movie is gold! It is a perfect balance of scary, comedy and classic kiwi-culture! This is a movie not to be taken too seriously, but it really delivers almost 2 hours of great entertainment! I am proud to say that this is a New Zealand film

5.0

Brilliant!

It isn't often that I laugh out loud (very loud) at a movie, still less often that I'm still laughing long after it's ended: I certainly was this time! There's not a moment when the pace lags, the story takes several completely unexpected twists and turns, and it's just....hilarious! Brilliantly well cast and acted, and a coherent, wickedly funny script....

5.0

Hilarious!

I really enjoyed this movie. A perfect mixture of suspense, horror, action and comedy. It's a rare gem of entertainment!

5.0

Haunted House

New Zealand has some very talented people who make movies.These are equal,if not better than other movies which come in from overseas. This one is quirky,with a sense of humour even in the scary bits.Who would have thought that the villain,cutting through the door with a skill saw,would be wearing safety goggles and ear muffs. The tension builds with tried...

4.0

Horror for you and your mum.

Gerard Johnstone wanted a horror film he could take his mum to go and see and he has achieved just that. There a few jumps, a wee bit of gore and a surprisingly good amount of laughs. The film is kiwi in the wicked sense of humour and treatment of the more bloody elements; but it will rock it overseas as well. The kitchen sink type drama blended with a...

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

A marvelously entertaining combo of haunted-house thriller, murder mystery and domestic comedy. Marks a mighty impressive feature bow for Kiwi scripter-helmer-editor Gerard Johnstone.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The most exciting Kiwi film in decades.

5.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An oddball haunted-house thriller that balances tongue-in-cheek playfulness with more serious dramatic urgency.

Flicks, Tony Stamp

Flicks, Tony Stamp

flicks

What a pleasant surprise. Here’s a local effort that garnered raves overseas and lives up to the hype, a haunted house mystery with the DNA of an Amblin movie in its propulsive storytelling.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A marvelously entertaining combo of haunted-house thriller, murder mystery and domestic comedy. Marks a mighty impressive feature bow for Kiwi scripter-helmer-editor Gerard Johnstone.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The most exciting Kiwi film in decades.

5.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An oddball haunted-house thriller that balances tongue-in-cheek playfulness with more serious dramatic urgency.

Really good genre film

I hate horror films and did not expect to like this one but it won me over with its humor and charm while I looked away during the gory bits.

4.0

Chills minus the thrills

This was a top notch horror could just have done with a few more hotties. Nothing new but I liked the humor.

4.0

So good Kiwi horror with humour

This was the best surprise because I love a good horror but I don't like to be scared which is not to make sense at all I know! But for the humour in this kept me feeling not scared and very entertained. I almost took my Grandma to see this but I'm glad that I didn't because she would have been shocked lol! I have been telling everyone to see this becuase...

5.0

Shaun of the Dead meets Mr Wrong and Brain Dead

A perfect mix of comedy and horror. Kylie (endearingly awful selfish willful kick ass girl) is sentenced to 8 months home detention with her Mum (irritating, brainless, hard working and loving). In a haunted house. At first Kylie thinks her Mum is nuts but stuff happens and soon she's begging the cops and her parole officer and her shrink to move her...

5.0

New Zealand Film at its Best

This movie is gold! It is a perfect balance of scary, comedy and classic kiwi-culture! This is a movie not to be taken too seriously, but it really delivers almost 2 hours of great entertainment! I am proud to say that this is a New Zealand film

5.0

Brilliant!

It isn't often that I laugh out loud (very loud) at a movie, still less often that I'm still laughing long after it's ended: I certainly was this time! There's not a moment when the pace lags, the story takes several completely unexpected twists and turns, and it's just....hilarious! Brilliantly well cast and acted, and a coherent, wickedly funny script....

5.0

Hilarious!

I really enjoyed this movie. A perfect mixture of suspense, horror, action and comedy. It's a rare gem of entertainment!

5.0

Haunted House

New Zealand has some very talented people who make movies.These are equal,if not better than other movies which come in from overseas. This one is quirky,with a sense of humour even in the scary bits.Who would have thought that the villain,cutting through the door with a skill saw,would be wearing safety goggles and ear muffs. The tension builds with...

4.0

Horror for you and your mum.

Gerard Johnstone wanted a horror film he could take his mum to go and see and he has achieved just that. There a few jumps, a wee bit of gore and a surprisingly good amount of laughs. The film is kiwi in the wicked sense of humour and treatment of the more bloody elements; but it will rock it overseas as well. The kitchen sink type drama blended with...

5.0