Pssst, want to check out Housebound in our new look?
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new zealand origin aside, this film has a lot in common with peter jackson's early movies (particularly, braindead). some simple humor, a likeable cast, and a fresher take on the trapped-in-house horror of late
What is it with New Zealand? Does it ONLY make Middle-Earth pictures and horror comedies? Yet another example of the latter is Housebound, about a truant girl sentenced to house arrest in her mother's apparently haunted house. What follows is a cheeky exercise in horror music and cinematography that, more often than not, leads to nothing sinister. It's a hilarious takedown of those easy "jump scare" tropes, like Scream, you could say, but done through style rather than dialog. Which is not to say there aren't monsters out there, and part of the fun is figuring out what's real and what's a red herring. There's a lot of character humor too, playing with the folksiness of small town people - the mother is a particular joy - without being condescending. Okay New Zealand, I'll let you make a few more like this.
Surprisingly good story - during the second act, at least - and, naturally, a good bit of Kiwi splatter-comedy. I especially loved the cameo by
Boo Radley, apparently.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!