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Kylie Bucknell (Morgana O’Reilly) is in trouble again. She’s been given quite a few breaks, being young and bright, but this time the judge has had enough: Unrepentant Kylie is sentenced to house arrest, ankle-bracelet and all, and forced to live with her nattering mum, Miriam (Rima Te Wiata), and stoic stepdad, Graem (Ross Harper).

That’s worse than prison as far as Kylie’s concerned. She settles into a sulk, doing nothing but zoning out in front of the TV set, eating her parents out of house and home, and basically not lifting a finger. But Kylie soon learns she’s not the only Housebound (review) soul… someone else is forced to stay within the walls of the creepy, creaky old homestead. Someone who may or may not be alive.

We had a chance to chat with this enchanting lead actress and find out what it was like to play someone who goes from zero to hero in the course of an hour and a half.

Dread Central: Which aspect of Kylie did you enjoy playing most? She has such an arc in the film!

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Morgana O’Reilly: I loved her fire! She’s eternally pissed off, which for me was hard at first, only because I find that darkness very easy to access so it can spill into my own life too easily. It took me awhile to learn how to tame Kylie, but once we figured out how to play nice together, she was heaps of fun.

DC: You and Rima Te Wiata have such great chemistry! Did the two of you know each other before shooting? Did you do anything to get into mum and daughter mode?

MO: We didn’t know each other, but I knew who she was; she’s a super iconic actress in New Zealand and Australia! But we got on straight away, we have a similar sense of humor, so would spend most of the time giggling like mates as opposed to mother and daughter. The mother and daughter relationship was written really well so it wasn’t hard to find. But shooting a low budget horror/comedy in the middle of a New Zealand winter really gets you bonding.

DC: What did you think when you first read the script for Housebound? There is just so much to it.

MO: It was so long ago now I can hardly remember! But I think I thought it was rad? I wanted the work more than anything! But after we’d been chipping away at the film for a long while, I started looking at some of Gerard’s cuts. That’s when I could see what the film was capable of being; that’s when I got excited.

DC: What do you think horror fans in particular will like best about the movie?

MO: Gerard (Johnstone, director) is a perfectionist so be ready to be truly honored as a horror fan, because if he’s decided to make it right, he will. The comedy comes from the characters and the lines; it’s never really a dig at horror movies, only the situation. It’s good times.

Housebound Release Details
XLrator Media is handling US distribution of the horror-comedy HOUSEBOUND and will release the film October 17, 2014, on its acclaimed “MACABRE” genre label in theatres and on VOD and iTunes.

HOUSEBOUND is Gerard Johnstone’s 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
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 and small town gossip. However, when she, too, becomes privy to unsettling whispers and strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her mother’s overactive imagination or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.

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Jamie Lee Curtis Says Blumhouse Halloween Will Make Us “Very Happy and VERY Scared”

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Bring. It. On.

It was only last week that we let you guys know that Jamie Lee Curtis had wrapped filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

And today we have another Instagram post from the legendary scream queen where she not only shows us a creepy-ass painting of Michael Myers, but she lets us know that Blumhouse’s Halloween is going to make us all “very happy, and VERY scared.”

Hoo-ray!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to just go ahead and trust Jamie Lee Curtis on this one. She’s been around the Halloween block more than a few times and I trust her judgment… other than Halloween: Resurrection.

You can check out her post below and then let us know how excited you are for Laurie Strode’s return!

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael “The Shape” Myers. They are joined by Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and Judy Greer. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer of the film as well as the composer.

The anticipated release date is October 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Get a Behind-the-Scenes Peek at Pre-Production for Marcel Walz’s New Film

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The Blood Feast remake directed by Marcel Walz has been generating quite a buzz (read our review here) so we’ve been wondering what’s next for him, and over the weekend Walz provided us with an answer… sort of.

He sent over the following photos for us to share with our readers, some of which also appeared on his social media accounts.  Marcel is in pre-production on a new film that will start shooting in Los Angeles next month.

Right now the title and primary cast members are being kept under wraps, but you can expect an official announcement soon.

In the meantime check out the images, and let the guessing games begin!

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Death House Theatrical Release Delayed One Week Due to Black Panther Success

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If you were excited to see Death House this week, you’re going to have to pump your brakes as the film’s theatrical release has been postponed one week due to the success of Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther.

Eric Pakrinson, C.E.O. of Hannover House, who is distributing Death House in theaters, states, “Obviously, we are very disappointed to find such pressure from the exhibitors to hold-over multiple screens for ‘Black Panther’ but we are happy for the success that this film is providing to theatre owners, and we know that the slight delay we are implementing for ‘Death House’ will ultimately pay big dividends for the film.”

The plan is to now launch Death House on Friday, March 2nd, with a special media event and public opening at the Regency Plant 16 in Van Nuys, California, where 20 cast members, along with additional crew, will be present. From there, the film will spread to other markets on March 9th and March 16th. If performances are strong, additional markets will be added following those dates.

This shift in release also pushes back the home video and digital release dates to July, although no official date has been locked.

Director Harrison Smith recorded a video asking the horror community to turn out in droves when the film hits their market. You can see it below.

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