Hausu (House) (1977)
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How to describe Nobuhiko Obayahshi's indescribable 1977 movie "House"? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of "Scooby Doo" as directed by Dario Argento? 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, only to come face to face with evil spirits, bloodthirsty pianos, and a demonic housecat. Too absurd to be genuinely terrifying, yet too nightmarish to
Sep 1, 1977 Wide
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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).
Delirious, deranged, gonzo or just gone, baby, gone -- no single adjective or even a pileup does justice to 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.
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 ...
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.
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