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House (1977)

Hausu (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | September 1977 (USA)
A schoolgirl and her six classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways.

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Kimiko Ikegami ...
Angel / Angel's Mother
Miki Jinbo ...
Kunfû
Kumiko Ohba ...
Fanta
Ai Matsubara ...
Mieko Satô ...
Makku
Eriko Tanaka ...
Merodî
Masayo Miyako ...
Suîto
Kiyohiko Ozaki ...
Keisuke Tôgô
Saho Sasazawa ...
Angel's Father
Asei Kobayashi ...
Farmer Selling Watermelons
Mitsutoshi Ishigami ...
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Ippei Hara
Tetsuo Kanai
Shôichi Hirose
Yasumasa Ônishi
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Oshare (Gorgeous) is excited about spending summer vacation with her father, until she finds out that his beautiful, freakishly serene girlfriend Ryouko would be going as well. Oshare decides she will be going to her aunt's house in the country instead. She brings with her her friends from school - Fanta (who likes to take pictures, and daydreams a lot), KunFuu (who has very good reflexes), Gari/Prof (who is a major nerd), Sweet (who likes to clean), Mac (who eats a lot), and Melody (a musician). However, the girls are unaware that Oshare's aunt is actually dead and the house is actually haunted. When they arrive at the house, crazy events take place and the girls disappear one by one while slowly discovering the secret behind all the madness. Written by BT

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House (1977) represents Nobuhiko Ôbayashi's feature-length film debut. Before directing House (1977), Ôbayashi directed commercials for Japanese television. See more »

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Gari: She eats unmarried young girls. It is the only time she can wear her wedding gown.
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Don't watch this on drugs or you might die
13 March 2009 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This film is impossible to describe, or review, or assign an arbitrary number out of ten. In fact, calling it a film throws up the very idea of what constitutes a film. It is filmed, yes. As far as I can tell, the actors knew they were being filmed and were probably paid (in drugs maybe), but yet I struggle to define this as a film. It just doesn't seem right.

Hausu is an experience. Quite an experience. You can actually pinpoint the moment where the film-makers got bored and began ingesting large amounts of LSD. It's about the time the floating head appears, followed by the girl-eating piano, and then the malevolent cat spirit that gushes blood, and the carnivorous lamp. This, of course, assumes that the film- makers were clean to begin with. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is no doubt in my mind that the film-makers started on some type of cannabis, explaining the nonsensical edits, preeeety colours and crazy scene involving a man and a bucket. Then they moved on to something harder, perhaps skunk. That would explain the talking watermelon (at at least, I think it was a talking watermelon). By the time we get to the 'Hausu' in question, dear readers and viewers, it is clear that we are being directed by hypomanic drug fiends, so tweaked on psychoactive hallucinogens that they've lost all concept of reality, rationality and reason. The orgy of drugs that precipitates throughout the crew eventually spills on to the filmed scenarios, where our hapless (and one can only assume drug-addled) girls are being subjected to a series of criminally insane scenes of violence, comedy and epilepsy-inducing flashes of colours.

The experience eventually ends, rather solemnly I must say, although after at least 20 minutes of non-stop psychotropic hallucinogenia, it acts as a welcome buffer zone as you gravitate back into reality. Hausu is an astonishing experience. I kinda want to watch it on drugs, but I value my life too much. If someone does manage to, and lives, please post a comment describing your experiences. I'm sure many will be fascinated.


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