That description is merely a rough sketch of what Housebound has to offer viewers. The film is really so much more - a beautiful combination of comedy and horror that gives fans exactly what they want on both ends of the spectrum. I had almost forgotten how funny ghost movies could be, and Housebound gave me what I feel like I have been missing recently. Despite the film's somewhat longish runtime, I hardly noticed it. I was completely intrigued the whole time, as the movie took me around every turn in the plot. Indeed, when you first start Housebound, you are probably never going to guess where the movie ends up by the conclusion.
Most of Housebound's comedy during the meat of the story come from the characters. Lead girl Kylie, played by Morgana O'Reilly, is the perfect angry, punk young girl with a sarcastic and biting mouth that she's not afraid to use on her mother or the cops. Her mother (Rima Te Wiata) was equally interesting and hilarious - her attitude reminded me a bit of Shaun's mom from Shaun of the Dead actually. Amos, the security guard in charge of monitoring Kylie's ankle bracelet, is an adorable, sweet goof who spends much of the movie bumbling around and you can't help but love him.
So if you've seen the movie Housebound mentioned a lot lately as one of the best horror films of 2014, I would tell you that that's a very fair assessment. As the first horror film I watched in 2015, I really couldn't have asked for anything better. It is beyond words awesome with its beautiful filming, dead-on acting, and perfectly planned plot twists. See this one soon.