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House (1977)

A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which turns out to be haunted.
Orignial title: Hausu

(NR, 88 min.)

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

7:00 PM

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 mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally 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. [Janus]

Starring: Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Ohba
Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Genre(s): Comedy, Horror

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"For connoisseurs of the bizarre, House's revival is long overdue."

— Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times

"Movies as original as this one don't come along very often, so grab it while you can."

— V.A. Musetto, New York Post

"Delirious, deranged, gonzo or just gone, baby, gone -- no single adjective or even a pileup does justice to House."

— Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"That House was made at all is a minor miracle. That it has returned, to critical acclaim and a new generation of fans, is a major miracle. Truly, this is some kind of wonderful."

— Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle