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House (1977) More at IMDbPro »Hausu (original title)

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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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Chiho Katsura (screenplay)
Chigumi Ôbayashi (original story)
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Release Date:
September 1977 (USA) See more »
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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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
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
Kanta Ina .... fight choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Shinji Kojima .... gaffer
Takashi Nakao .... still photographer
Music Department
Godaigo .... musician

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hausu" - Japan (original title)
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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:14A | Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | UK:15 (2009) | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

House (1977) represents Nobuhiko Ôbayashi's feature-length film debut. Before directing House (1977), Ôbayashi directed commercials for Japanese television.See more »
Farmer selling watermelons:Do you like watermelons?
Keisuke Tougou-sensei:No! I like bananas!
Farmer selling watermelons:Bananas?
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Movie Connections:
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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Oddly amazing, and amazingly odd., 2 February 2011
Author: lewiskendell from United States

"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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