Housebound

New Zealand| 2014 | 109 mins | English
Comedy | Horror | Thriller

One Screening Only
Date: Friday September 26th, 2014
Time: 9:30
The Broadway Theatre
$10 (Admittance restricted to persons over 19 as this will be a licensed event)
Film contains sequences of bloody violence, language and horror.
Certifications: N/A

Director: Gerard Johnstone
Screenplay: Gerard Johnstone
Cast: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata and Glen-Paul Waru
Producer: Luke Sharpe
Company: Films Distribution

IMDB Profile

Screens with short film: THE LAST HALLOWEEN

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Synopsis

Ill-tempered delinquent 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. Unable to go beyond the front gate, she’s forced to wait hours on end to use the telephone while listening to her mother’s ludicrous theories that the house is haunted.

Kylie initially dismisses her mother’s superstitions as nothing more than a conscious distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables and small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers, strange bumps in the night and a creepy teddy with a penchant for inappropriate small talk, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her mother’s overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.

Help comes in the form of Kylie’s ghost-obsessed home detention security guard Amos who regards paranormal matters with the casual grace of a plumber diagnosing a leaky pipe. Together they begin to unravel the secrets that lie within the walls. As the mystery unfolds, Kylie is drawn into a tangle of terror that forces her to reevaluate her belligerent behaviour as well as her fractured relationship with her mother.

Awards

  • Nominated Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2014
  • Nominated for Audience Award at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014

Buzz

Housebound is a breath of fresh air for the often stale haunted-house genre; a smart, finely acted, appropriately silly and yet totally sincere horror movie made for people who have seen it all and want something a little different” – Movies.com

“Sometimes you walk into a room knowing nothing, sit down, and get your skull punched in by a movie that is calibrated perfectly, that knows exactly what it wants to do, and that seems almost unnaturally confident considering it was made by a first-time feature director” – Hitflix

“Quickly tears apart the classic haunted-house movie piece by piece, and then reconstructs it on the fly with fresh new materials, garnished with oodles of blood, dark comedy, strong characters, and genuine suspense” – Twitch Film

“A wonderful Scooby-Doo yarn through the filter of a dysfunctional indie-family-comedy that defies expectations and bursts with life and joy and energy”  – Horror-movies.ca

Programmer’s Opinion

HOUSEBOUND is one of this year’s greatest surprises in the world of genre films. Out of New Zealand from first time feature film director Gerard Johnstone is a haunted house thriller that turns most of it’s own conventions on it’s head, and succeeds in not giving us what we expect. Permanently scowling Kylie (Morgan O’Reilly) has been sentenced to house arrest after an unsuccessful ATM robbery, a fate worse than jail when having to deal with her ridiculous mother (Rima Te Wiata) and step-father (Ross Harper). Kylie has no intention of intergrating herself back into the family, especially after hearing her mother’s cockamamy stories that the house might be haunted, that is until she starts experiencing this supernatural activity herself. Trapped in the house thanks to a court sentenced ankle monitor, Kylie decides to face this head on, and thankfully Amos (Glen-Paul Waru), the security guard monitoring her whereabouts lives nearby and is something of an amateur paranormal investigator.

HOUSEBOUND hits many of the usual tropes in this situation, a dysfunctional family, a house with a dark past, a creepy neighbour, but handles it in a fresh way, with deadpan humour and an exhilarating escalation towards a thrilling climax that you won’t see coming. – Steven Landry

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