New Clip from SXSW Surprise “HOUSEBOUND” is a Pisser
Two major American festivals into 2014 and it’s clear New Zealand horror-comedies may be back in a big way. Sundance saw the premiere of Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s ultra silly and absolutely wonderful vampire film WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. Now, SXSW has its own surprise: Gerard Johnstone’s HOUSEBOUND, a new clip of which is a real pisser.
A review is forthcoming, but suffice to say that HOUSEBOUND finds a sweet spot between an absolutely hilarious and properly eerie experience. Johnstone possesses some real chops as far as Gothic atmosphere and comedic timing are concerned, and lead Morgana O’Reilly is magnetic and likely has the best facial reactions onscreen this year. That’s evident in this silly little excerpt in which Kylie (O’Reilly) finds herself questioning strange noises midst a late night bathroom trip.
In HOUSEBOUND, “Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if thehouse is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.”
HOUSEBOUND also plays Tuesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 13 down at the ongoing SXSW Film Festival. If you’re in town, it comes highly recommended.