Critic Consensus: Alternately hilarious, gross, and simply diverting, Housebound is the rare horror-comedy that delivers on both fronts.
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Critic Reviews for Housebound
First-time director Gerard Johnstone may not possess the wild visual invention of his patron Peter Jackson, but he's ruthlessly proficient at old-school scares.
The mishmash that results is by turns creepy, silly, inventive, darkly funny and, at one point, mind-blowingly bloody.
If Housebound is ultimately much more funny than scary, it's because O'Reilly's pugnacious performance runs so counter to the genre's usual treatment of women in peril.
Hard to categorize -- horror-comedy? mystery-thriller? -- but lots of fun to watch.
Audience Reviews for Housebound
Didn't find the execution & blending of genres well enough. O'Reilly was irritable & not an appropriate choice for the character. Although hardly similar, the movie reminded me of Rear Window. Could have been better!
A highly diverting blend of gory horror and hilarious dark comedy that works delightfully well on both ends, and it is great to see how it easily moves from one genre to another and from one twist to the next while remaining always fresh, surprising and unpredictable.
A great example of how horror-comedy differs from "horror" that filmmakers couldn't be bothered to put enough effort into it so they don't take it seriously and hope that counts. Housebound is definitely in the first camp, and is the best horror-comedy I have seen in a long while. The Kiwis are really nailing the genre, and Housebound has one of the biggest single laugh out loud moments I've seen recently. Unfortunately as an overall package it doesn't have the non-stop delivery you can want in a top-tier film, but the moments are worth it most definitely.
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