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 the heroine -- whose every screen appearance is heralded by special lighting, gentle breezes, and a soft camera focus -- to find out what is going on. … More
- Horror , Art House & International , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy , Special Interest
- Directed By:
- Nobuhiko ďbayashi
- Written By:
- Chigumi Obayashi , Chiho Katsura , Nobuhiko ďbayashi , Chico Katsura
- In Theaters:
- Sep 1, 1977 Wide
as Gorgeous's Aunt
as Keisuke Tougou-sense...
as Oshare's Father
as Ryouko Ema
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Critic Reviews for Hausu (House)
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
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.
If you crashed a teenage girls' pyjama party after necking some bad acid, this is probably what it'd feel like.
Daffy and brilliant in equal measure, single-minded in its devotion to every wacko trick available to an analog director.
Takes its good, sweet time in getting to the ostensibly scary stuff. But you won't be bored.
Is it good? The question seems to miss the point. It's like nothing you've every seen...
compelling in its own right, even if it is impossible to take seriously as anything more than a delirious, envelope-pushing experiment
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.
It's about equal parts brilliant, baffling, ridiculous, and unwatchable.
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.
So Sam Raimi, Dario Argento, Russ Meyer and Roman Polanski all walk into a bar ...
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).
Won't appeal to mainstream appetites, but it's an exotic dish for enlightened palates.
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.
Plenty of films throughout the years have been called "nightmarish" but never has the statement been more true than in the case of Hausu.
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.
Delirious, deranged, gonzo or just gone, baby, gone -- no single adjective or even a pileup does justice to House.
Audience Reviews for Hausu (House)
How does one describe House to someone who has never seen it? Picture Sid & Marty Kroft - on acid - remaking Susperia - in Japan.More
"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.
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