House (Hausu)

Director

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

Showtimes

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 9:15pm

Cast

Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Ohba

Special Notes

Introduction by Andrew Campana (Asian Studies)


Release year/country

1977 Japan

Format

Blu-ray

Runtime

1 hr 28 mins

Series


image from the film HOUSE (HAUSU)

How to describe Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’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 Ôbayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet.

website: janusfilms.com/films/1341

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