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Housebound (2014)

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A young woman is forced to return to her childhood home after being placed under house arrest, where she suspects that something evil may be lurking.


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Mick Innes ...
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Wallace Chapman ...
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Kitty Riddell ...
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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 - a well-intentioned blabbermouth who's convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam's superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she's inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who's less than happy about the new living arrangement. Written by Luke Gerantson

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4 September 2014 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

Areszt domowy  »

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NZD 350,000 (estimated)

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Won the "Fresh Blood Audience Award 2014" at Germany's Fantasy Film Festival. See more »


Officer Grayson: All right, all right. First thing we need to do is to make a statement.Now, what exactly is this in relation to?
Kylie Bucknell: I was vacuuming in the house, and then I put the vacuum back in the cupboard, and I saw that there was this recess and it led to a secret room. And there was this guy in the walls. And he was pale. He has got black lips and a bung eye, and he is fucking crazy. I swear to God, he tried to kill me and that is why I took off. And then I could not...
Officer Grayson: Hold on, hold on. You are going too ...
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Written by Alastair Riddell (as A Riddell)
Performed by Alastair Riddell (as Space Waltz)
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A Wonderful, Refreshing Surprise!
19 October 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

After the endless, mind numbing, clichéd, regurgitated rubbish one has to sift through these days, just hoping to find something truly enjoyable and a bit original; stumbling across this great little gem returns my faith a bit. It's great to be reminded that fresh and inspired ways of telling a story ARE still out there! It may be harder to find them now, but when you do, it's like a breath of fresh air to a movie lover like myself.

There are only two movies to have done this for me very recently, "NO ONE LIVES" and now, HOUSEBOUND. Although two very different movies, it's the fresh and entertaining take on the genre that really stands out. It proves once more that you don't need famous actors, big directors or massive budgets;just talented vision and good story telling.

For what it was trying to achieve within the genre, HOUSEBOUND was a perfect film for me. I laughed, I cringed, I was intrigued,I cared about what happened to all the relevant characters and the production quality was good. The Kiwi's don't do it often,but when when they do, they do it well. I won't say anything more about it, just watch it and see for yourself.

I hope to see more from this film maker in the future!

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