Tom Humberstone


horror month - day 18

Housebound (2014)

"What are you gonna do against a hostile spirit? You just gonna crack jokes?" "No, I am going to smash it in the face."

Quick summary: After a failed attempted robbery, Kylie Bucknell is sent to live with her mother for eight months with an ankle monitor which alerts the police if she leaves the house. But is her mum right that evil spirits are living with them?

*Deep, relaxed sigh*

I needed a bit of light relief after the intensity of the past couple of films, and this New Zealand horror comedy was just the ticket. It's got an enjoyably twisty plot that keeps everything moving at a brisk speed, and the right balance of genuine scares versus laughs.

The cheese-grater armour moment is sublime. As is the laundry basket cage. In fact, everything in that final act gives it a sort of Home Alone: The Horror Years vibe.

The production design and the way technology and lived-in spaces are shot reminded me of Jeunet and Caro's City of Lost Children and Delicatessen. I'm looking forward to seeing more by the director.

Lewton Bus Moment: Finally! A film that has one. With a fun minor car crash to introduce the mum.

One Last Scare: But of course. With a brilliantly explosive end.

Tonight: Going for documentaries this evening with The Nightmare (2015) and Fear Itself (2015) if I have the time.