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Housebound (2014)

Housebound (2014)Starring Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru

Directed by Gerard Johnstone


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Housebound (2014)Starring Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru

Directed by Gerard Johnstone


When an attempted ATM robbery goes awry due to her bungling partner in crime, mad-at-the-world Kylie Bucknell (O’Reilly) finds herself sentenced to a spell under house arrest at her all-but-estranged mother’s large, creepy home. Seems the judge is more convinced that some forced time around her caring mother, Miriam (Wiata), would do more for her rehabilitation than being locked up in a prison cell – though Kylie quickly finds that she probably would have preferred that approach when her mother reveals that the house is haunted by a restless spirit!

Thus begins the hugely entertaining Kiwi romp Housebound. Initially dismissive of her mother’s seemingly wild claims, Kylie is thrust headlong into the ghostly mystery of the house following multiple spooky encounters. Aided by the super-lovable Amos (Waru), the security guard in charge of monitoring her electronic tag who just happens to also be a closet paranormal investigator/enthusiast, Kylie sets about investigating the secret history of the house in order to figure just who this ghost may be and how to put it to rest.

It isn’t that simple though, and as Housebound progresses, the twists and turns just keep coming, offering up surprise after surprise, the kind of which it would simply be rude to disclose here – and thus this will be short.

The likeability of Kylie in the early stages of the film acts as somewhat of a barrier to entry – her constant scowling, caustic attitude and misanthropic demeanour are difficult and wearing, but well balanced against her mother’s attempts to connect. As the story develops, so do the characters as they are forced to band together and appreciate each other’s input, every one of them blossoming all the while throughout a script packed full of razor-sharp dialogue and excellently defined characters – all of whom will hold a place in your heart by the end. The cast are uniformly brilliant, bringing real life to their individual characters with such success and chemistry that there really isn’t a weak link to be found among them.

Housebound packs in an eclectic variety of elements, being genuinely spooky at points, but also absolutely hilarious – even at occasionally inappropriate moments. It’s quirky, tense, scary and very, very funny, blending all of its ingredients in a manner that never feels less than organic and keeps the storyline moving along with captivating strength, bolstered by some excellent production design. Here is a horror/comedy mash that juggles multiple elements without dropping a single one and takes each of them completely seriously. There’s no stupidity or knowing self-referential attempts at humour to be found here – Housebound is a film with a story to tell that wants to frighten you, thrill you and entertain you. And boy, does it do all of those.

An action-packed final act sees every narrative element collide in a finale that blows straight off the scale in entertainment value to the extent that you’ll find it hard not to just start the whole thing over again, and when all is almost said and done, the film reveals that magical ingredient holding it all together: sheer heart. Housebound is brilliant. A triumph; absolutely intoxicating in its accomplishment. Avoiding simply reeling off a list of superlatives, let’s just leave it at this: Housebound is a genre fan’s dream – the best horror comedy in a long, long time and easily an instant classic. See. This. Film.

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Chiller Channel Will Be Discontinued This January

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Back in March of 2007, the Chiller horror channel was launched. The channel was filled with wall-to-wall horror movies and TV shows.

The channel even tried their hand at original scripted content recently with the series “Slasher, starring Kaite McGrath. The second season just premiered on Netflix.

But it seems like today we have bad news. The end of an era. NBC has decided to shut down the Chiller Channel effective beginning on January 1, 2018.

This news comes to us via the TV Answer Man, with an NBC spokesperson telling the site, “NBC Universal will discontinue Chiller as of January 1, 2018.”

The spokesperson didn’t give any further details on the decision but many believe it has everything to do with Verizon, Charter, and Dish dropping the channel earlier this year.

While those drops weren’t catastrophic, the final nail in the coffin came recently when Cox dropped the channel, effectively pulling it out of around 40 million homes.

Are you sad to see the Chiller channel canceled? How often did you watch content via Chiller? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below.

R.I.P. Chiller

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Another WolfCop Gets Another Poster via The Dude Designs

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It was only last week that we shared the bloody new trailer for writer-director Lowell Dean’s upcoming sequel to his hit horror-comedy flick WolfCop.

Today we have another poster for Another WolfCop.

This new poster comes to us from one of my current favorite poster artists, Tom “The Dude” Hodge. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, you surely know his work. To refamiliarize yourself, you can check out more of his posters right here.

Below you will find his new poster for Another WolfCop, along with the flick’s newest trailer. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments!

The film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, produced by Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, and Hugh Patterson, and distributed worldwide by Cineplex.

Another WolfCop co-stars Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, and Serena Miller. The film also features special appearances from Canadian music icon Gowan and legendary filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was executive produced by Sean Buckley, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Brian Wideen, Michael Kennedy, and Michael Hirsch.

The film is slated for a wide Cineplex theatrical release on Friday, December 8, 2017, with the film seeing a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018.

Synopsis:
A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime-fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.

Prepare for the next chapter of WolfCop that will be more dirty and hairy than the original! Consider yourself warned.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 140 – Pet Sematary 2

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Ahoy there, fuckos! This week’s episode is brought to you by none other than Chris Franco! That’s right, it’s a Chris pick! So you know what that means, we’re cranking the cheese factor up to eleven! This week we’ve got $5 Furlongs, naked women with dog heads, and accents that are more forced than a Bill Cosby sexual encounter! That’s right, we watched  Pet Sematary 2 so you don’t have to!

Ever wonder which of us knows more lyrics to Ice, Ice, Baby? Well, Patreon found out, but perhaps there’s more singing in the actual episode. Download to find out!

Sometimes, dumb is better. It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 140!

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