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Exclusive: Morgana O’Reilly Talks Housebound




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!

Morgana O'Reilly

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.

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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Did You Catch Chucky and King Kong’s Cameo in the Trailer For Steven Spielberg’s New Movie?



You may remember a few months back there was a kick-ass trailer for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure flick Ready Player One that sported a quick glimpse of not only Freddy Krueger, but Stephen King’s Christine as well.

If those slick horror nods weren’t enough for you, today we have the new trailer for the film and guess who shows up? Yep, you guess it (from the headline) but Mr. Charles Lee Ray lends a helping knife to a battle, and the king of the jungle, Kong himself!

Very cool.

The cameos in the trailer is one of those “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” things, but let’s hope he has a bit more screentime in the actual movie. By the way, is Ready Player One reminding anyone else of the “Imagination Land” episode(s) of “South Park”…?

You can check out the trailer below and then make sure to let us know what you think!

The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Ernie Cline, and stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, T.J. Miller, Hannah John-Kamen, and Letitia Wright.

Ready Player One hits theaters March 30, 2018.


In the near future, outcast teenager Wade Watts escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When the eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first.

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The Shape of Water Scores 7 Nominations at This Year’s Golden Globes



Earlier today we let you know Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller Get Out scored nods at this year’s Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture and Best Actor – both in the Comedy category.


That said, another film from our beloved genre is getting some love in the form of writer-director Guillermo del Toro’s new creature feature The Shape of Water.

The film was given nominations in a staggering 7 categories including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for Sally Hawkins, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for Octavia Spencer, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for Richard Jenkins.

Del Toro also scored nods for his work as director and co-screenwriter for the film.

You can check out the full list of nominations right HERE.

The film is directed by Guillermo del Toro, written by Vanessa Taylor and del Toro, and stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stulbarg, and Doug Jones.

The Shape of Water is currently playing in theaters.

In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

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Get Out Scores Golden Globe Nominations… as a Comedy



It was a few weeks back now when we let you guys in on the rather puzzling news that the Golden Globes was considering Jordan Peele horror-thriller Get Out as a nominee…

As a comedy.

As strange as that news was, it seems it wasn’t a joke in its own right as Jordan Peele’s Get Out has scored a nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The news broke this morning with the full release of this year’s nominations via EW.

You can check out the full list HERE.

One cool thing is that actor Daniel Kaluuya also scored a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – again, Musical or Comedy. Sad and borderline ridiculous that Peele didn’t score nods as director OR screenwriter. For shame, Golden Globes.

What do you think of this news? Are you just glad Get Out got SOME love from this year’s Gloden Globes, or could you care less about awards season? Let us know below!

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship; but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could never have imagined.

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