So, I was sitting there minding my own business when Eric says “Hey, did you ever see Housebound? I think you’d love it”. And because I live in England, and it takes about a million years for films be available here, I only just managed to get my mitts on it. And I can now say to Eric – so very yes!
It was worth the wait. This film is SO GOOD. I loved this film. I’m buying it (if I can find it in a region 2 DVD, that is). I can definitely see myself watching this again.
Anyway, we’re chucked right into the action from the opening scene as our erstwhile (anti)heroine Kylie attempts to rob a cash-point. She’s consequently sentenced to 8 months on house arrest which means going back to her childhood home, where her mum and step-dad still live. Kylie acts like a right spoilt cow. She stomps around the house like she owns the place, eating all her mum’s food, hogging the TV, causing a mess and generally being a total pain in the arse.
Being that she’s on house arrest she spends a lot of time on her own, queue strange noises and a feeling that something is in the house with her…
Housebound is a real gem of a film. Made on a paltry budget of 350k NZ dollars according to IMDB, which is about £174k (you can’t even buy a 1 bedroom flat for that where I live), these guys have really excelled themselves.
It looks great, the acting is good, the story is intriguing. The characters are well-drawn and believable. There are moments of real humour as well as chills, and honest to goodness what’s-going-to-happen tension. I thoroughly enjoyed Housebound, not least because I was so surprised that a little independent film, made with almost no budget, could be so damn good. Well done guys. Very well done.
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