It recently occurred to me that I have never written a “Hey, Watch This!” post about any horror movies. How sad. How tragic. Horror movies, as I’m sure I have expressed before, are one of my favorite things. I like slashers, supernatural beings, psychological thrillers. Pretty much the entire gamut. A few nights ago Husband and I had a mini-marathon, watching what other websites have deemed the best of what Netflix currently has to offer in the way of horror movies. I was not even a tiny bit disappointed.
The best of the four films we watched was a surprising gem from New Zealand called Housebound. Wikipedia describes it as a horror comedy but it is all the things. I jumped, I laughed, I was a little grossed out. I will now and forever recommend this movie to everyone I know.
A young woman is placed under house arrest following a run in with the police. It just happens that the house she’s stuck in may be haunted.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH
This movie is chock full of hilariousness. From the opening scene when *SPOILER ALERT* Kylie’s partner in crime accidentally knocks himself out with a sledgehammer while trying to break into an ATM, the laughs in this one are genuine. It’s nice to see a horror movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously nor is it a pun-tastic cheese fest.
Kylie is deliciously snarky. I always love a character who can bring the sass. Snappy one-liners and comebacks are the norm for our hardass heroine. She can deliver a put-down like nobody’s business and I adore it.
Red herrings are everywhere. You think the movie is one thing but then it morphs into another, then another, and then yet another. The twists are clever and keep you interested in the film.
Inept cops. I used to want to be a police officer so I have mad respect for them, but bumbling cops will always be funny to me.
Eugene! Eugene is honestly the best character in this entire movie and he doesn’t arrive until halfway through. Just look at that face.
Most inventive use for a cheese grater. That’s all you need to know.
Secretly badass Mom. I love when a character seems weak and daffy but turns out to have a real inner strength. Miriam initially comes off as a real pushover, allowing housebound Kylie to control everything from the television to what they eat for dinner. She is set up to seem completely inept but does a 180 as shit in the house starts to get real. By the end of the movie you’re cheering for Miriam to help kick some ass and totally believe that she can do it.
WHERE HAVE I SEEN YOU BEFORE?
- Nicki on Sunny Skies
- Various characters on This is Littleton
- Various characters on Full Frontal
- Liz Arthur on Shortland Street
- Tumeke Space on The Barefoot Bandits
- Farmer Moggot in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
- Simon Carr in We’re Here to Help
- Tom on The Jaquie Brown Series
- Referee in Crackheads