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House (Hausu)

Genres: Foreign, Horror, Fantasy, Criterion Collection, Japan, Japanese Cinema, Foreign Horror

Cast: Kimiko Ikegami, Kumiko Ohba, Yoko Minamida

Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi

Synopsis: How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi's indescribable 1977 movie HOUSE (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt's creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via a series of mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equal parts absurd and nightmarish, HOUSE might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. Never before available on home video in the United States, it's one of the most exciting cult discoveries in years.

Language: Japanese

Country of Origin: Japan

Production Year: 1977

Reviews:

  • "Insanely entertaining.", The Seattle Times
  • "Must see now! Delirious, deranged, gonzo, or just gone, baby, gone—no single adjective or even a pileup does justice to House.", Manohla Dargis, New York Times
  • "The ultimate midnight movie.", Matt Singer, IFC.com

House (Hausu)
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