Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Review of "Housebound"

As a man who likes and has dedicated his life to horror, as I’m sure you have guessed by now, I think it’s safe to say that what I say goes.

Fair enough? Of course it is!

Now, one of the key elements in horror, I think, though not necessarily needing it to be forced into every single horror flick out there, is comedy.

Not too much, but just enough to get the old grins going so to lead you into a false sense of security before the BANG!

Whoa! Scared you, didn’t I?

Look at you, you’re fucking petrified!

Now, dry your eyes and wipe your seat because New Zealand filmmakers have pumped out a number of decent films, and Housebound can definitely be named among the ranks.

This comedy horror follows out leading lady Kylie (wonderfully portrayed by Morgana O’Reilly) who is a ne’er do well substance abuser and petty thief who has just been put under house-arrest in her old family home with her kooky mum and stepdad, leaving her housebound (oh shit, I just got that!) in a house that seems to have some spooky goings on.

The characters in this film are brilliantly written and just come to life on the screen in front of us which is so refreshing in today’s indie-film market, from the Mother who can talk for England (or New Zealand, in this case), to the fumbling Parole officer/amateur paranormal investigator Amos who just seems to steal the show every time he comes on screen with a phenomenal back and forth with Kylie, giving this movie a classic double act.

Now, this film may not be for everyone as this is a Black Comedy and the humour is very dry in places which I’m sure may well just fly over a lot of people’s heads.

For me, though, this was probably the best film I watched all summer as I sat downstairs in the dark with my cat Junior and was absolutely howling with laughter almost throughout.

Also, it’s worth noting that not only is this film very funny, but it is actually very well written and is a toast to independent storytelling.

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Rating: This is definitely a film to watch with friends, but is also one that can be enjoyed alone with some snacks and the lights turned down low. – 8/10


Aaron James Waters is a best-selling Pulp Fiction writer who has written more books than he's actually read.

He's also the rotten apple of the group who thinks this whole Star Wars thing needs to hurry up and die already.

You can find Aaron's debut novel on Amazon!





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