Housebound (MIFF 2014)

Gerard Johnstone’s debut feature kicks off with an intriguingly original premise. After a botched robbery, Kylie Bucknell is sentenced to house arrest (complete with electronic ankle bracelet) with her ill-equipped Mother as warden. It’s a haunted house tale wherein the protagonist cannot legally leave.

It’s clear from the opening scene that this is not going to be a gritty, serious horror flick. The suburban comedy is so deft in fact, that it actually renders the scares a bit toothless at times. But despite the tonal balancing act at play, Housebound remains consistently funny, with the horror tropes adding shades to the unusual setting. Continue reading →