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Housebound (2014)




Horror, Comedy

Release Date

October 17, 2014 (Limited)


109 min.


XLrator Media

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Gerard Johnstone


Luke Sharpe


Gerard Johnstone


  • Morgana O'Reilly
  • Rima Te Wiata
  • Glen-Paul Waru
  • Ross Harper
  • Millen Baird
  • Cameron Rhodes


Ill-tempered delinquent 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. Unable to go beyond the front gate, she's forced to wait hours on end to use the telephone while listening to her mother's ludicrous theories that the house is haunted.

Kylie initially dismisses her mother's superstitions as nothing more than a conscious distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables and small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers, strange bumps in the night and a creepy teddy with a penchant for inappropriate small talk, she begins to wonder whether she's inherited her mother's overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who's not particularly thrilled about her return.

Help comes in the form of Kylie's ghost-obsessed home detention security guard Amos who regards paranormal matters with the casual grace of a plumber diagnosing a leaky pipe. Together they begin to unravel the secrets that lie within the walls. As the mystery unfolds, Kylie is drawn into a tangle of terror that forces her to reevaluate her belligerent behaviour as well as her fractured relationship with her mother.

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Morgana O'Reilly stars as Kylie Bucknell and Rima Te Wiata stars as Miriam Bucknell in XLrator Media's Housebound (2014)

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“..the movie doesn't get nearly as much mileage from this concept as it might have, getting bogged down in an increasingly silly plot..”
by Mike D'Angelo [A.V. Club]
“..the filmmaker isn't able to allow a sense of reciprocity to bloom between the threads, and, as the convolutions stack up on top of one another..”
by Chuck Bowen [Slant Magazine]
“..creepy, silly, inventive, darkly funny and, at one point, mind-blowingly bloody..”
by Gary Goldstein [LA Times]