Housebound opens in Toronto

Raven Banner Entertainment

A film by Gerard Johnstone

Opens in Toronto
Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St.)
Friday January 16


2014 SXSW MIDNIGHT Official Selection

Raven Banner Entertainment is thrilled to be releasing the New Zealand genre hit film Housebound  in Toronto, this coming Friday, January 16 at the Carlton Cinema.

Housebound tells the story of Kylie Bucknell (Morgana O’Reilly), an ill-tempered delinquent 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 (Rima Te Wiata) – 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. The film also stars Glen-Paul Waru and Millen Baird.

The film has had a super successful international festival run that includes premieres at SXSW, Toronto After Dark, Vancouver International Film Festival, and Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival 2014 where Housebound  won the HR Giger ‘Narcisse’ Award for Best Feature Film, and the Dead by Dawn Horror Film Festival in Scotland where it landed an Audience Award. 

The film has been wowing genre fans and critics alike.

“A marvelously entertaining combo of haunted-house thriller, murder mystery and domestic comedy. One of the genre-related highlights of the year.”Variety

Housebound manages to balance consistent, fantastic comedy with a properly eerie mystery, and what should be a star-making turn from lead Morgana O’Reilly.”Fangoria

quickly tears apart the classic haunted-house movie piece by piece, and then reconstructs it on the fly with fresh new materials, garnished with oodles of blood, dark comedy, strong characters, and genuine suspense.”Twitch Film

Tomatometer – 96% – Certified Fresh

For more details about the film visit the official website:

About Raven Banner Entertainment
Raven Banner Entertainment is a sales, distribution and production company, based in Toronto, specializing in genre films for the worldwide market. Through its expertise in strategic project management and campaigns, RBE can also assist in any and all capacities of production, from acquisitions, representation, negotiations, marketing management and plans, and sales.  Recent releases include: Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, E.L. Katz’s Cheap Thrills, Jeremy Lovering’s In Fear, and Stephen Sommers’ Odd Thomas.