Does the idea of a teenage delinquent going toe-to-toe with a ghost interest you? If so, we’ve got good news. If not, maybe this trailer for Housebound will change your mind. The directorial debut of Gerard Johnstone, Housebound is a comedy-horror film from New Zealand. Based on the trailer, it looks tonally similar to fellow Kiwi director Peter Jackson’s comedy-horror work like Bad Taste, The Frighteners, and Dead Alive – pure, unflinching horror with a comedic undertone, rather than straight-up parody.
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 less than happy about the new living arrangement.
Housbound premiered at this year’s SXSW in March. It’s set to receive a wider U.S. release October 17th.