How good is the low budget New Zealand horror film Housebound?
Well, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has hailed it as “Bloody brilliant!”—and the man knows what he’s talking about, having started his career with such minimally financed but fabulous splatterfests as 1987’s Bad Taste.
Written and directed by Gerard Johnstone, Housebound stars Morgana O’Reilly as a young woman named Kylie Bucknell who, according the official synopsis, “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 and small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers and strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.”
Housebound is released in cinemas and on VOD and iTunes Oct. 17. Watch both the film’s trailer and an exclusive clip from the movie below.