So far there hasn’t been too much talk about this film yet but I am hoping it will soon make a big splash. This is easily the most surprising and entertaining horror film I saw this year. Yes, even over The Babadook (which I also loved). Housebound follows Kylie, a troublemaker with a growing arrest record who is forced into a court-ordered homebound sentence at her childhood home. To make matters worse, she is stuck there with her mother, a chatty woman who means well but annoys Kylie to no end. She harangues her mother for believing in something as silly as ghosts until one night when Kylie is awakened by weird noises and ventures into the basement and encounters something distinctly nonhuman.
The plot may seem straight-forward enough, but it is so much more. It’s more like a ghost/haunting/mystery/home-invasion/murder/creepy neighbor/secret past/claustrophobic horror comedy. This film has a little something for every kind of viewer with its many ‘jump in your seat’ moments and exploding plot twists. The dark sense of humor prevalent in this film is leaps and bounds beyond Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland. Its wry humor is comparable to Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers.
Amos, Kylie’s clumsy parole officer lives in the neighborhood and stops by to investigate this strange occurrence when Kylie’s ankle bracelet is tripped. He seems to be a believer of the supernatural and wants to help uncover the mystery. I like his character a lot as it brings in a slapstick kind of humor and lightness to the plot. Kylie is an angry and defensive character who is always giving her poor mother a hard time so Amos’s appearance is perfectly timed before the atmosphere of the film goes too dark. Another interesting character is Kylie’s counselor, Dr. Rhodes, who believes Kylie’s frantic claims are a product of her active mind in an inactive environment. The fact that Kylie can’t leave the house only adds to her anxiety and frustration. The meaningful character development easily matches this involved and intriguing mystery thriller.
I really can’t say much more about the plot without giving away major surprises in the film. I was 100% surprised and blown away by this highly unpredictable story! Housebound has an epic twist with one of the best plots I’ve seen in a very, very long time. There is sparse gore except for one fun, blood-spattering moment. Instead, prepare to hoot and holler and laugh in delight. Housebound is available to rent on Amazon Instant Video for now but when this hits Netflix I predict it being a big hit!
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