Before booting up M3GAN for producers James Wan and Jason Blum, Gerard Johnstone made his feature directorial debut on Housebound, an awesome horror comedy that’s brimming with bloody fun.
In the film, a young woman is forced to return to her childhood home after being placed under house arrest, where she suspects that something evil may be lurking.
If you’ve never seen this horror classic, it’s now streaming on the Bloody Disgusting-powered SCREAMBOX!
Megan previously wrote about Housebound a few years ago. Here’s her breakdown:
“Written and directed by Gerard Johnstone, Housebound is a brilliant feature debut that makes you wonder when his sophomore feature might be on its way. A horror-comedy can be a tricky enough thing to pull off- rarely are the scales of humor and horror in balance- but Johnstone infuses dark comedy with genuine suspense. There’s even some touching family drama to ground it all. Basically, if you want your horror-comedy to offer up genuine chills along with the laughs, Housebound has your number.”
Paul Lê also wrote about the film last year, which made several “Best of the Year” lists here on Bloody Disgusting back in 2014. All of us here at BD highly recommend this one!
Full Synopsis: “Kylie Bucknell is a bit of a troublemaker. Her latest brush with the law sees her placed under house arrest, a punishment made all the more unbearable by the fact that she’ll be living with her mother Miriam. Miriam can be a lot to handle, especially because she’s convinced her home is haunted. But when Kylie starts experiencing strange phenomena within the house, she wonders if maybe she’s inherited her mother’s overactive imagination – or if the house really might be haunted after all.”
The Key Players: Morgana O’Reilly takes the lead as Kylie, and Rima Te Wiata plays her superstitious mother Miriam. Cameron Rhodes is Dennis, the psychologist assigned to Kylie, and Glen-Paul Waru plays Amos, the security contractor keeping an eye on Kylie’s ankle monitor. Ryan Lampp is Eugene.
Also recently added to SCREAMBOX:
7 Below starring Val Kilmer (Top Gun) and Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Dawn of the Dead); the Soska Sisters‘ American Mary starring Katharine Isabelle (Freddy vs. Jason, “Hannibal”); Lovecraftian horror Banshee Chapter; cryptid found footage flick Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes; Indonesian action-horror Dead Mine; zombie-war hybrid Outpost: Black Sun; both Good Tidings and The Windmill; and even Sun Choke, the indie hit starring Barbara Crampton!
This month’s SCREAMBOX Exclusive titles include In Dreams, Dawning, Signal 100, and Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow as well as a collection of Severin Films cult classics from the likes of Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, and Jess Franco! Get all the deets here.