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How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movieHouse (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.
The under-appreciated CLASSIC
From beginning to end, HOUSE is sheer brilliance. Surreal, funny, frightening, and at times unbearable. Not a cult classic. Not a horror classic. IT'S A CLASSIC. PERIOD.
Let me first say how awesome it is to finally see Criterion titles on iTunes! Yay!
This movie is strange on such an epic scale it is hard to describe. The aesthetics are a level of psychedelic pop only the 70's could produce amplified by like, 100 million.
Just shut up and see it already!
Watch it with a friend.
Best movie ever
Love it. There is nothing this movie won't do. It's either most genius thing ever created or one big acid trip. Either way, it's amazing.