Described as “bloody brilliant” by horror legend Peter Jackson, Housebound follows a woman dealing with the triple threats of house arrest, potential ghosts, and having to live with her mother. Morgana O’Reilly (TV movie Safe House) is the criminal facing eight months home detention with an annoying Mum (Rima Te Wiata). Jaquie Brown Diaries director Gerard Johnstone’s film debut won near universal praise, and the remake rights sold to New Line in the US. Fangoria loved its mixture of "fantastic comedy" and mystery and it was nominated for ten Moas, including Best Film.
I wanted the protagonist to be someone that wouldn't scare easily. That way, when she does finally fall victim to fear, it's much more palpable. Thankfully Morgana (O'Reilly) looks a little bit like a young gypsy-witch nursing a hangover but she's also incredible at playing scared.– Gerard Johnstone in the Austin Chronicle, 11 March 2014