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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
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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Merodî: My fingers are gone.
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Oddly amazing, and amazingly odd.
2 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Mac, you sure look tasty, being round and all."

The acronym WTF was invented for House.

I was warned beforehand that this movie was off the wall, but hey, 75% of the Japanese movies I've seen have been crazy. It started off as certainly a quirky movie, with unconventional screen translations from scene to scene, wacky editing, bubbly Japanese school girls with names like Gorgeous (she's very pretty), Kung Fu (she knows Kung Fu), and Melody (in a shocking twist, she's musically inclined), and just loads of that particular kind of flavor that some Japanese movies have.

Then the six main characters took a trip to visit one of their aunts at her home (the house of the title), and the horror aspect of the movie set in. What specific kind of horror? The kind that involves a severed head appearing and biting a girl on the butt, and then rubbing up against it. Stunningly, the movie only escalates from there.

House is fun, but it's clearly insane. An affinity for the weird and zany is a must, or this will be a waste of time for you. This movie has creativity coming out of the wazoo. How many times have you seen someone viciously attacked by feather pillows and mattresses? The special effects are also great, especially for the seventies. This was probably the most psychedelic movie I've ever seen.

Is House a frightening movie? No. But if you have the right kind of sense of humor for it, you'll have a ball getting together with like-minded friends and watching this. There's a lot of comedy, of both the intentional and unintentional varieties. It's all very tongue-in- cheek. Even the soundtrack is hilarious, if you pay attention to it. 

House gets a hearty recommendation from me. It's an entertaining, inventive spin on the haunted house formula, with a lot of uniquely Japanese craziness thrown into the mix. It's worth owning, in my opinion. 


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