Late Phases (2014) Nick Damici (Mulberry Street, Stake Land) plays a blind veteran who moves into a retirement community. His first night there, his next door neighbor is mauled to death by a werewolf, and he himself barely escapes with his life. No eye witnesses to the attack, which is blamed on wild animals, but Nick keeps his mouth shut and starts a countdown to the next full moon, and this time he will be prepared. Tina “Ginger” Louise plays one of the three gossipy old tenants that give Nick a hard time, and Tom Noonan plays a reverend. Argentine director Adrián García Bogliano, who made the outstanding Here Comes the Devil in 2012, makes his first English speaking movie here, and well worth a watch.
Housebound (2014) New Zealand horror-comedy about bad-girl Kylie, a young woman put under house arrest in her mother’s home, where she hadn’t lived for years. Mum calls local radio talkshows to gab about the ghost that lives in her house, and Kylie remembers why she left in the first place, but then the bumps in the night begin. Her parole officer, a paranormal aficionado himself, and they soon uncover the mystery of a decades old murder, with plenty of laughs and violence along the way. Nice debut from director Gerald Johnstone, recommended.