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.

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4.5 out of 5
75 Ratings
75 Ratings

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Critics Consensus: House is a gleefully demented collage of grand guginol guffaws and bizarre sequences.

Information

Studio
The Criterion Collection
Genre
Comedy
Released
Copyright
© 1977 Toho Co., Ltd.

Languages

Primary
Japanese (Stereo)

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