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Hausu (House) (1977)

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This satirical murder mystery pits a woman who is the epitome of glamour (played by Haruko Wanibuchi) against a clever murderer during a holiday stay at a strange ghostly mansion. Seven young women, who have chosen as nicknames the brand names of much-advertised consumer products, begin to disappear in a decidedly suspicious manner. Are they fashion victims? How else can one explain the eerie coordination between their pastel outfits and the pastels of the rooms in which they appear? It is up to

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Gigglers and cultists, pony up.

October 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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While there's a dweeby midnight-movie inventiveness about the look of all this, there's also an awful lot to forgive artistically (or to drunkenly roll with, as the case may be).

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Delirious, deranged, gonzo or just gone, baby, gone -- no single adjective or even a pileup does justice to House.

January 15, 2010
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Bizarre ghost story.

January 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

House suggests that the nitrous-oxide hyperdrive of Japanese pop culture-as vivid now as ever in entertainments like Takashi Miike's Yatterman, for instance-is a brilliantly imagined, if not in fact transcendental brand of therapy

October 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Pushed the boundaries of the depiction of terror on screen and reveals the interest in the language of experimental filmmaking in genre and mainstream cinema of the time.

October 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep

If you crashed a teenage girls' pyjama party after necking some bad acid, this is probably what it'd feel like.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Daffy and brilliant in equal measure, single-minded in its devotion to every wacko trick available to an analog director.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Takes its good, sweet time in getting to the ostensibly scary stuff. But you won't be bored.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: FEARnet
FEARnet

Is it good? The question seems to miss the point. It's like nothing you've every seen...

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

compelling in its own right, even if it is impossible to take seriously as anything more than a delirious, envelope-pushing experiment

November 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Really the Damndest Thing: a gleefully chaotic DayGlo haunted house movie (Sam Raimi has to have seen this) that suggests the Sid and Marty Krofft universe gone mental. Ok, mental-er.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

It's about equal parts brilliant, baffling, ridiculous, and unwatchable.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

So Sam Raimi, Dario Argento, Russ Meyer and Roman Polanski all walk into a bar ...

May 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Won't appeal to mainstream appetites, but it's an exotic dish for enlightened palates.

April 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

There are quite a few slow spots, head-scratching moments and oddities that make this an endurance test for all but the most determined of movie fans.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Plenty of films throughout the years have been called "nightmarish" but never has the statement been more true than in the case of Hausu.

February 17, 2010 Full Review Source: cinemaobsession.com
cinemaobsession.com

too smart and funny, too self-aware and post-modern, to be truly scary - but its trippy energy and surreal unpredictability make it a film that takes up long-term residence in your consciousness anyway.

January 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

All the more awesome for being so totally inexplicable, Hausu may not be ultimately be classifiable as a "good" movie, but it's certainly one that must be seen to be believed.

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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Audience Reviews for Hausu (House)

What the hell did I just watch?
October 19, 2011
axadntpron
Reid Volk

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Weird, weird, weird. Like a girl gets eaten by a piano weird.
May 29, 2011
kenstachnik

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How does one describe House to someone who has never seen it? Picture Sid & Marty Kroft - on acid - remaking Susperia - in Japan.
March 26, 2011
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Randy Tippy

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"Mac, you sure look tasty, being round and all."

The acronym WTF was invented for House.

I was warned beforehand that this movie was off the wall, but hey, 75% of the Japanese movies I've seen have been crazy. It started off as certainly a quirky movie, with unconventional screen translations from scene to scene, wacky editing, bubbly Japanese school girls with names like Gorgeous (she's very pretty), Kung Fu (she knows Kung Fu), and Melody (in a shocking twist, she's musically inclined), and just loads of that particular kind of flavor that some Japanese movies have.

Then the six main characters took a trip to visit one of their aunts at her home (the house of the title), and the horror aspect of the movie set in. What specific kind of horror? The kind that involves a severed head appearing and biting a girl on the butt, and then rubbing up against it. Stunningly, the movie only escalates from there.

House is fun, but it's clearly insane. An affinity for the weird and zany is a must, or this will be a waste of time for you. This movie has creativity coming out of the wazoo. How many times have you seen someone viciously attacked by feather pillows and mattresses? The special effects are also great, especially for the seventies. This was probably the most psychedelic movie I've ever seen.

Is House a frightening movie? No. But if you have the right kind of sense of humor for it, you'll have a ball getting together with like-minded friends and watching this. There's a lot of comedy, of both the intentional and unintentional varieties. It's all very tongue-in-cheek. Even the soundtrack is hilarious, if you pay attention to it.

House gets a hearty recommendation from me. It's an entertaining, inventive spin on the haunted house formula, with a lot of uniquely Japanese craziness thrown into the mix. It's worth owning, in my opinion.
February 2, 2011
lewiskendell

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    1. Gorgeous: The Girls will be awake soon...they are hungry!
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