The New Zealand horror comedy directed by Gerard Johnstone did pretty good in the reviews and apparently turned some heads over at New Line Cinema who recently secured the rights to create an American version of Housebound (2014). Peter Jackson himself gave Housebound positive reviews. Jackson reportedly helped Johnstone get in touch with New Line Cinema for the remake. The original Housebound is currently released on DVD / Blu-ray so make sure you check it out if you have not already.
Synopsis: 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 the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.
Housebound stars Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata and Glen-Paul Waru and is directed by Gerard Johnstone in his feature film debut. It was produced by Luke Sharpe for Semi-Professional Pictures, executive produced by Ant Timpson, Daniel Story and Chris Lambert and funded by the New Zealand Film Commission.
Synopsis: 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.
Directors: Gerard Johnstone
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Comedy
Writers: Gerard Johnstone
Producers: Michael Kumerich, Chris Lambert, Garett Mayow, Luke Sharpe, Daniel Story, Ant Timpson
Musicians: Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper
Editors: Gerard Johnstone
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