House

House

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. Bonus features include an experimental film, interviews, and an essay by Chuck Stephens.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2010
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781604653182
1604653183
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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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

After meeting Ryoko, her widowed father's outrageously serene fiancee, a pouty Gorgeous packs up her Electra complex and goes to visit her aunt, an elderly spinster living in the middle of a deep dark forest. Accompanied by her aptly named girlfriends Fantasy, Melody, Sweet, Kung Fu and Mac she tries to put some distance between herself and those confusing feelings of guilt and jealousy, but this is not going to be a simple family reunion for Auntie has some unresolved issues of her own. Still grieving over a doomed wartime love affair, the grey-haired woman's bitterness seems to permeate every corner of her rickety old home while her mysterious white cat displays all the mannerisms of a witch’s familiar. As her friends succumb one by one to the house’s evil ways (and the aunt’s peculiar appetites) Gorgeous experiences a profound transformation which sees her go from petulant teenager to enigmatic young woman thanks to a tube of red lipstick and a dusty wedding gown. 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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lukasevansherman
Apr 10, 2013

Ignore the negative reviews, this Japanese horror movie is one of the weirdest, most visually striking movies I've ever seen and essential viewing for fans of bizarre/batcrap crazy cinema. Criterion, as always, knocks it out of the park.

rufus_red4 Jun 27, 2012

Probably the cheesiest movie I've ever seen. This late '70's Japanese sort of horror movie tries very hard to be an American B movie but it just turns out to be a mess. The storytelling is of the 'put it in a blender and push high' kind, the soundtrack is acid trip wanna be and in the end, I didn't stick with it. I turned if off after about an hour or so.

Froster Jun 26, 2012

Just because it's experimental does not mean it's interesting. Just because it's ridiculous does not mean it's amusing. Just because it's child-like does not mean it's primal. And just because it's absurd does not mean it's camp. The only thing at all interesting here (although typical) is the Japanese patriarchal fascination with (and fear of) female sexuality. This is certainly someone's idea of a cultural relic, but it's not a terribly interesting or relevant one. Skip it.

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Mar 28, 2017

blessedOne thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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