The Guardian opens a positive review with this: "This low-budget Kiwi offering is a rare thing: a horror-comedy with a premise that works both ways." Variety says, "This near-flawless mix of laughs and scares is one of the genre-related highlights of the year." Horror Freak News says, "Housebound actually manages to be the scariest haunted house film of the year. It’s also the funniest".
Roger Ebert's site says,
New Zealander Gerard Johnstone, in his feature debut (he also wrote the script), handles all of the horror tropes well, and has a lot of fun creating a mood of almost unbearable tension. "Housebound" is a standout, though, because of its satirical mood and its multiple scenes of almost screwball comedy. It's a strange mix. It works.Rotten Tomatoes has a critics consensus score of 95%.