Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Housebound (2014)

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housebound-posterAfter a failed attempt to steal the safe out of an ATM, Kylie is sentenced to eight months house arrest under the care of her mother. Frankly, Kylie would rather be in jail. Kylie’s life is now a vision of Hell, with her hovering mother, her out of touch step-father, the badgering technician who tracks her ankle monitor, and a condescending social worker who is handling Kylie’s “recovery”. However, as bad as it may seem now, the situation is about to get much worse… because Kylie’s house is haunted.

This film is about as heartwarming as a horror movie can get, and I call it the “most horrifying family film ever”. Every character is just so lovable, despite their glaring faults. The relationship between Kylie and the people around her is especially beautiful, and watching them bond over ghosts, and historic murders is glorious. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a coming of age drama, there is more spooky violence and comedy than there is sappy mother/daughter bonding. Kylie’s growth is very subtle, but it is an integral part of the story, it adds a very human element that keeps the comedy and horror from becoming overly cheap. All in all, Housebound is scary, funny, and the perfect film to watch with your parents.

Check the PPLC Catalog for Housebound.

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