House

House

Hausu

DVD - 2010 | Japanese
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After learning that she will be sharing the summer with her father's new girlfriend, a young girl invites some friends to join her at her aunt's house instead. With a sick aunt, a bloodthirsty cat, and evil spirits lurking around, the girls find that it might have been better to stay at home.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, 2010
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781604653182
1604653183
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet
Alternative Title: Hausu

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mercipourleslivres
Apr 13, 2018

I brought this for a "bad movie" night with a mixed group of people and we all ended up having a blast because of just how ridiculous it was. Even the people who claimed to hate it couldn't tear themselves away. Where else are you going to see a carnivorous piano?

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zerfer
Mar 30, 2018

Pretty bad. Acting story effects a lump of chee-zu. Meant to be "camp". Obviously done by a director of tv commercials--correction, Japanese commercials. Quite annoying. And that awkward moment when the director chooses to get pervy with underage schoolgirls. Stick to old Peter Jackson.

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RoryODwyer
Nov 03, 2017

One of the most bonkers movies I have ever seen.

The composition & editing are unique and close to being one-of-a-kind.

The appeal of this film is in the viewing experience. The plot & story are just there to give a narrative thread to loosely tie all the visual insanity together.

This is very much a "love it or hate it" film.

I loved it.

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Kagamusha
Jun 19, 2017

Wow. Not scary. Not coherent. If his daughter actually thought of the idea, we would have been better off if she had directed it. I believe that to make this rot enjoyable, you need to take LSD - the director obviously did. (the only weird thing is that I remember the girls names ; Go Prof!)

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darlnnik
May 04, 2017

Great review! This film is one of my favorites.

PimaLib_JB Apr 26, 2017

Hausu manages to be everything to every horror fan at once: campy, weird, and even actually scary. Whether you feel like giving a movie the MST3K treatment, or want to get past the silliness to the terror, you'll enjoy giving this Japanese classic a try!

JCLJessecaB Mar 29, 2017

Legend has it that the director had his young daughter make up the story for House, which would explain the surreal and child-like qualities of the film. I don't have anything more to add that other reviewers haven't already said: It's a lot of fun and very visually striking. It's a true original and one of my favorites.

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blessedOne
Mar 28, 2017

This is one of the craziest movies I've seen in a long time, if ever. That said, I'm glad I watched it during the day.

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Nursebob
Dec 17, 2014

Steeped in dark fairy tale imagery, Nobuhiko Ohbayashi’s trippy take on the trials of puberty employs a fascinating array of cinematic tricks from hand-painted trompe l’oeil backdrops and matte sunsets to primitive animation and silent B&W film footage. Not completely comfortable in a horror film niche, House’s psychedelic effects and pop-up book sets play more like a day-glo psychodrama. Add to that a whole host of sexual symbolism; one girl is stripped bare by malevolent mattresses, another is attacked by thrusting logs, and a third finds herself floating on a sea of gushing blood, and you have one hell of an adolescent allegory. In one especially telling scene aboard a train bound for Auntie’s house the girls compose a shopping list including, among other things, “...love and dreams...” while in the next seat a nun and priest doze unawares. Bullseye!

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em_ily
Jun 22, 2013

Bizarre, original and fun. Highly recommended for those with unconventional tastes.

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Mar 30, 2018

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Mar 28, 2017

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