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Movie Review : ‘Housebound’ (2014)

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Kylie (Morgana O’Reilly), a young woman  has gotten herself into a bit of trouble. She now finds herself living with her estranged mother (Rima Bucknell) and step father Graeme ( Ross Harper) in her child home home. Kylie discovers that the house was once a half-way house for the mentally disturbed and that a girl named Elizabeth (Kitty Chalmers) was murdered in her bedroom. To make things worse, Elizabeth is haunting the house, but Kylie isn’t the type to running screaming into the night, she’s a fighter. Security man/paranormal investigator Amos (Glen-Paul Waru) , aims to help Kylie solve the mystery of who murdered Elizabeth. Their main suspect is Kylie’s reclusive neighbor, but things are often not what they appear to be.

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There’s nothing worse than being woken up in the middle of the night by a possessed teddy bear , or is there?

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This horror, thriller was written and directed by Gerard Johnstone, who also wrote and directed the series ‘The Jaquie Brown Diaries’.

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‘Housebound’ borderlines on a horror-comedy, but I must say, I rather enjoyed it. Even though there was a good bit of comedy in the movie, it still had plenty of spooky scenes and high tension moments that all balanced out well. There is  nice twist in the story, to keep you on your toes. Gerard Johnstone really did a great job on this movie and Morgana O’Reilly played her role as a Kylie, perfectly.


‘Housebound’ is available on DVD and on Netflix Streaming.


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