Housebound Reviews

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September 6, 2019
As the film gets more outlandish, everything about Housebound begins to feel either borrowed or silly.
September 1, 2019
There's a lot to be said for a low-budget premise that uses its budget as inspiration rather than limitation.
June 11, 2019
It's one of those movies where you will be grateful for a change from the modern every day "scary" movies.
February 28, 2019
It is not just in its writing and direction that Housebound excels; the production design is a feast for the eyes.
October 8, 2018
This film has so much to offer with it's amazing combination of horror and comedy.
June 21, 2016
This is a silly film, but it has some serious horror/thriller chops.
May 31, 2016
Definitely worth getting out of the house to see.
December 14, 2015
This New Zealand-made movie is essentially a whodunnit slasher comedy, with the laughs being stronger than the frights.
September 29, 2015
There's still plenty to enjoy about Housebound, especially with a crowd.
August 23, 2015
Covers an admirable amount of genre-friendly ground before winding up with a funny, suspenseful, and kinetic third act.
July 17, 2015
First-time writer-director Johnstone's ingenious script consistently wrong-foots the audience and shifts from one subgenre to another without ever once losing its grip on the comedic elements. It's creepy, tense and scary.
July 5, 2015
O'Reilly is terrific as the sneery discontent at the centre of the madcap maelstrom, while Rima Te Wiata walks a wonderfully fine line between pathos and aggravation as the long-suffering/insufferable mum whose forced smile is about to crack.
July 2, 2015
Housebound does ghosts in the walls with the same wacky panache as the recent Wyrmwood did Aussie zombies.
July 2, 2015
Johnstone is one to watch.
July 2, 2015
Housebound winningly sticks two fingers up to tired genre persuasions, effecting a barnstorming crowdpleaser populated by people you want to root for and tension you can chew. It's the stuff Friday nights at the movies were made for.
June 30, 2015
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.
April 20, 2015
It is never just any one thing. It is - often simultaneously - scary, exciting, suspenseful and very funny. The characters are unusual and unusually well-defined.
January 3, 2015
Housebound takes those well-honed horror conventions and flips them on their head, making us second guess every twisty move director Gerald Johnstone makes.
November 17, 2014
Housebound won't terrify you into losing sleep or split your side with its hilarity, but it will make you recoil with surprise and appreciate its wit
November 17, 2014
It's always great fun when a movie is this unpredictable.
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