Already included in both the upcoming annual Fantasia International and Film4 Frightfest Festival’s is the fantastic fright flick HOUSEBOUND. The first US trailer has dropped and despite its very effective intensity, the film directed by Gerard Johnstone, is said to be as equally funny as it is fearful and clearly inspired by fellow New Zealander Peter Jackson’s earlier gorefests BRAINDEAD (aka DEAD ALIVE) and BAD TASTE.
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 not particularly thrilled about her return.
HOUSEBOUND stars Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird, Ross Harper, Bruce Hopkins, Ryan Lampp, Ian Mune and Wallace Chapman. We’ll be bringing you our review shortly!