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When Kylie Bucknell is sentenced to home detention, she's forced to come to terms with her unsociable behaviour, her blabbering mother and a hostile spirit who seems less than happy about the new living arrangement.

Actors: Morgana O'Reilly , Rima Te Wiata , Glen-Paul Waru , Cameron Rhodes , Millen Baird , Ross Harper , Bruce Hopkins , Ryan Lampp , Ian Mune , Wallace Chapman
Directors: Gerard Johnstone
Release: 2014-09-04
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  • Drew McWeeny

    Housebound is that rare film that manages to be funny without defusing any of its scares.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    Housebound is a tad long, and its murder mystery a bit of a muddle, but that doesn’t matter. The final third is virtuoso.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Richard Kuipers

    Separating Housebound from most films of its type is super-smart plotting and confident tonal control, as Johnstone’s screenplay throws one terrific curve ball after another and never allows its goofy humor to compromise its genuinely scary components.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Rooney

    Gerard Johnstone, a first-time writer-director from New Zealand, demonstrates a sly command of deadpan humor along with an assured grasp of seasoned horror tropes.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Josh Kupecki

    Housebound nimbly jumps through the hoops of horror tropes, inventively subverting them along the way. The fact that it sticks the landing is a testament to Johnstone’s solid script and direction.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Sheila O'Malley

    Housebound is a standout, though, because of its satirical mood and its multiple scenes of almost screwball comedy. Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    The mishmash that results is by turns creepy, silly, inventive, darkly funny and, at one point, mind-blowingly bloody. Still, some smart streamlining would have sharpened the focus and amped up the power of this well-shot and edited spookfest.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Housebound, a horror comedy from New Zealand, tries another tack: Its protagonist doesn’t leave because she legally can’t. The movie doesn’t get nearly as much mileage from this concept as it might have, getting bogged down in an increasingly silly plot having nothing to do with house arrest, but the premise does at least justify a hilariously antisocial leading lady.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A clever and claustrophobic thriller that will trip you up and leave you with a wicked, blood-stained grin.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    You grow to feel as if you're arbitrarily changing the channel back and forth from a diverting horror film to a promising odd-couple comedy.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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