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House -- House is a 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! Equally absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet.

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Director:
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Chiho Katsura (screenplay)
Chigumi Ôbayashi (original story)
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Release Date:
September 1977 (USA) See more »
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Seven girls on their summer trip pay a visit to a possessed house which plans to eat them in extremely bizzare and surreal ways. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Kimiko Ikegami ... Angel / Angel's Mother
Miki Jinbo ... Kunfû
Kumiko Ohba ... Fanta
Ai Matsubara ... Gari
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 ... Photographer
Ippei Hara
Tetsuo Kanai
Shôichi Hirose
Yasumasa Ônishi
Midori Naitô
Kiyoko Tsuji
Tomokazu Miura ... Auntie's Fiancé
Fumi Dan ... Sensei
Godaigo
Haruko Wanibuchi ... Ryôko Ema
Yôko Minamida ... Auntie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chiho Katsura

Directed by
Nobuhiko Ôbayashi 
 
Writing credits
Chiho Katsura (screenplay)

Chigumi Ôbayashi (original story)

Produced by
Yorihiko Yamada .... producer
Nobuhiko Ôbayashi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Asei Kobayashi 
Mickie Yoshino  (as Mikkî Yoshino)
 
Cinematography by
Yoshitaka Sakamoto 
 
Film Editing by
Nobuo Ogawa 
 
Production Design by
Kazuo Satsuya 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kôhei Oguri .... first assistant director
Kazuo Satsuya .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Shohei Hayashi .... sound designer
 
Special Effects by
Nobuhiko Ôbayashi .... director of special effects
 
Stunts
Kanta Ina .... fight choreographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shinji Kojima .... gaffer
Takashi Nakao .... still photographer
 
Music Department
Godaigo .... musician
 

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Also Known As:
"Hausu" - Japan (original title)
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88 min
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Canada:14A | Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | UK:15 (2009) | USA:Not Rated
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Merodî:My fingers are gone.See more »
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37 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Phantasmagorical + English Subtitled DVD, 8 March 2007
Author: VideoKidVsTheVoid from Springdale, Arkansas

In the hands of experimental Japanese filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi, the tale of seven "unmarried" young high-school girls who, during a school break, travel to a spooky, remote hilltop house to visit the reclusive, mysterious Aunt of one of their fold only to be consumed one at a time by the Ghost-House/Aunt in increasingly novel ways, is escalated into a spastic, phantasmagorical confetti burst of avant-garde techniques and tonalities. Not a minute goes by without some kind of imaginative and spirited experimental visual manipulation or interjection; from kaleidoscopic color schemes, to frame and time altering collage montage, to wild, high-concept mixed media integration (animation, mattes, props, sets, etc), to mini-movie injections (lovingly parodying/mimicking everything from silent film stylistics, to romantic fantasies to obligatory action scenes). Any and all workings of the film form are here incorporatedly warped; from imagery and editing to music and sound to content and presentation. Even the sketches of characters and their respective performances by the actors are hemmed in time with the overall off-the-wall configuration. (Example: Each girl is intentionally drawn with their stock personalities (the musician, the over-weight eater, the athlete, etc) novelly paraded in gleeful iconic irreverence.) The moods and tones of the film are equally melodic in their own discordant tangential way; seamlessly walking the line between comedy, horror and the deadpan aloof. It all adds up to a whole lot of fun. Where else could you see a girl eaten by a piano, an upright Bear helping cook dinner at a roadside noodle-stand or a man turned into a pile of bananas because he doesn't like melons!? With all its packed in candy-colored confections and novel door prizes, "Hausu" is a cinematic surprise party all in one...just add you.

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