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.


Gerard Johnstone
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgana O'Reilly ... Kylie Bucknell
Rima Te Wiata ... Miriam Bucknell
Glen-Paul Waru ... Amos
Ross Harper Ross Harper ... Graeme
Cameron Rhodes ... Dennis
Ryan Lampp Ryan Lampp ... Eugene
Mick Innes ... Kraglund
Bruce Hopkins ... Officer Carson
Millen Baird ... Officer Grayson
Wallace Chapman Wallace Chapman ... Hollis
David Van Horn ... Justin
Nikki Si'ulepa Nikki Si'ulepa ... Leslie
Ian Mune ... Judge
Kitty Riddell Kitty Riddell ... Elizabeth Chalmers
Lila Sharp 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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Actor Glen-Paul Waru, who played Amos, previously collaborated with writer-director Gerard Johnstone on an episode of The Jaquie Brown Diaries'(2008-2009). See more »


Dennis: I realise how difficult this is for you. But if you can just imagine for a moment that the danger you think you are in may not be as real as it seems. Are you familiar with the term dissociative identity disorder?
Kylie Bucknell: Oh, get fucked.
Dennis: Do you ever lose track of time?
Kylie Bucknell: No, I do not.
Dennis: Do you sometimes hear voices?
Kylie Bucknell: This is ridiculous.
Dennis: What about your menstruating pattern?
Kylie Bucknell: I beg your pardon?
Dennis: A hallmark of the disorder in women is that each personality has its own menstrual cycle. This would mean that your periods ...
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Features Coronation Street (1960) See more »


Written by Alastair Riddell (as A Riddell)
Performed by Alastair Riddell (as Space Waltz)
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Unpredictable and genuinely funny
3 September 2014 | by leominosaSee all my reviews

Delinquent serial-offender Kylie is sentenced to nine month's house arrest at her family home in a small town on New Zealand's Twin Coast Highway, forcing her to move back in after many years with her slightly loopy mother, who we learn has long been convinced that the house is haunted. Initially more than a little sceptical, Kylie soon begins to experience unexplained phenomena herself, and before long local security contractor/probation officer Amos (who is principally responsible for ensuring Kylie doesn't leave the premises) offers his services as an amateur paranormal investigator.

Part ghost story, part murder mystery, it would be counter- productive to know any more about the plot before viewing, as various revelations and red herrings keep the mystery quotient high. There are also underlying themes relating to family and loss that lend the film a welcome human dimension.

One slight negative is that the many twists and turns stretch out the runtime beyond the ideal for this sort of film, and there are times when it starts to drag. Also one particular character is presented in a manner that pushes the film firmly into farce territory; one of a couple of aspects that could have been executed slightly more believably, as absurd as that sounds in relation to a film of this type.

The performances are all top notch; Morgana O'Reilly has great fun with Kylie's mardy persona, Glen-Paul Waru is perfect as likable doofus Amos and Rima Te Wiata excels as Kylie's dotty but ultimately caring mother. Refreshingly, the main characters all develop convincingly over the course of the film, which is far from a given when it comes to horrors, comedies and indeed horror-comedies. You'd have to be pretty hard-hearted not to care about them by the end.

Horror-comedies are difficult to pull off, and it's rare that a film strikes a genuine balance without ending up as a full-on horror with a darkly comic edge, or an out-and-out comedy with horror themes, but Housebound gets very close to doing so. At time it leans more towards comedy and farce, and the tone is often light-hearted, but there are enough moments of tension – and violence – to ensure that there are plenty of thrills among the laughs.

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4 September 2014 (New Zealand) See more »

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