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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kylie Bucknell
... Miriam Bucknell
... Amos
Ross Harper ... Graeme
... Dennis
Ryan Lampp ... Eugene
... Kraglund
... Officer Carson
... Officer Grayson
Wallace Chapman ... Hollis
... Justin
Nikki Si'ulepa ... Leslie
... Judge
Kitty Riddell ... Elizabeth Chalmers
Lila Sharp ... Young Kylie (voice)


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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Comedy | Horror | Mystery


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Release Date:

4 September 2014 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

Arestata la domiciliu  »


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NZD 350,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Won the "Fresh Blood Audience Award 2014" at Germany's Fantasy Film Festival. See more »


Kylie Bucknell: You honestly think this house is haunted?
Miriam Bucknell: I do not want to get into this with you, Kylie. Obviously, you are just going to make fun of me.
Kylie Bucknell: There is nothing funny about having a mother with dementia. You realise they put me on house arrrest to get some stability.
Miriam Bucknell: Well, obviously, you have got a very selective memory.
Kylie Bucknell: What is that supposed to mean?
Miriam Bucknell: I am not the only one who thought there was a ghost in this house, Kylie. I fact, you used to be so terrified you could not sleep.
Kylie Bucknell: Yeah, I also used ...
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


Written by Alastair Riddell (as A Riddell)
Performed by Alastair Riddell (as Space Waltz)
Courtesy of EMI Music
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Cartoonish black humour and genuine suspense under the same roof.
23 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

And these are only two of the ingredients that will make Housebound at least a cult and hopefully a classic. It's hard enough to make the public laugh, the most difficult thing to achieve in fact. Now imagine that you can never guess if the next minute will crack you up or alarm you. How much fun that is !.

One aspect of Housebound that I particularly enjoy is the fact that the characters are as multi-layered as the story itself. They start with one facet, one role, and naturally reveal more of their humanity all along the way. They can bring as much surprises as the events do. It must have been a pleasure for the actors. Who, by the way, are excellent.

There are no scream queens here. Watch Housebound and you'll find yourself rooting for a brat or the housewife next door, between two guffaws.

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