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About the Movie
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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 29
- Fresh: 26
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Delirious, deranged, gonzo or just gone, baby, gone -- no single adjective or even a pileup does justice to House.
Fresh: Gigglers and cultists, pony up.
Fresh: Movies as original as this one don't come along very often, so grab it while you can.
Fresh: Strange in the best way possible.
Pianos, cats and watermelons...oh my!
Don't expect The Grudge or Ringu. Funny, weird, spooky, ridiculous, surreal...this is how someone would describe "House". No, the word "this" isn't a grammar error; that's just to serve how difficult it is to identify this movie. Probably the best multi-faced "horror" film since The Wicker Man, House is one unique experience so SEE IT, if you're into that sort of thing.
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.
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.