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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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Plot:
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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An Ingeniously Bizarre Fairy Tale - Easily one of The Weirdest Flicks Ever made See more (59 total) »

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
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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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Runtime:
88 min
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Certification:
Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | UK:15 (2009) | USA:Not Rated
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Oshare:The girls will wake up... when they are hungry.See more »
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

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16 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
An Ingeniously Bizarre Fairy Tale - Easily one of The Weirdest Flicks Ever made, 2 June 2008
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

Wow! Noribuki Obayashi's "Hausu" aka. "House" of 1977 is easily one of the weirdest films I ever saw and I generally generally am a fan of the bizarre. A Horror-fan and avid lover of Japanese cinema, especially from the 70s, I had high expectations for this film, and I was not disappointed, even though the film was totally different than what I had expected. Having read no reviews of the film before seeing it, I expected a pure Horror film, but it turned out to be an incomparably bizarre and experimental Horror-parody, with a delightfully macabre and grotesque humor rather than scares. The film already starts out extremely strange (in an awesome manner), and it gradually gets weirder and weirder as it goes on.

The film starts off with a bunch of teenage high-school girls, all of whom have certain distinctive characteristics that are mentioned in their nicknames, who travel to the countryside to visit the aunt of one of the girls. I don't want to spoil even a tiny bit of the plot of this unique Horror-parody, and therefore won't carry with a plot description, but I can assure that fans of surrealism and weird cinema will be delighted. While "Hausu" is not a film I would recommend to everyone, this is an absolute must-see to all my fellow fans of Japanese film, the Horror-genre and bizarre art-house cinema. Director Obayashi uses a bizarre of editing imaginable, with grotesque cutting, totally insane effects. Sometimes the editing equals that of a (bizarre) video-clip, only to jump to an entirely different style. Yet all this strangeness never draws the viewer away from the story, which is itself just as surreal as the film's style. Overall "Hausu" can be described as a unique and bizarre fairy tale with a grotesque and ingenious, often macabre and always unique sense of humor. There are moments in this film at which the viewer will just stare at the screen not knowing what to think, and scenes at which one is barely able to breathe in laughter, and every second of the film is very strange. Very delightfully strange that is, as "Hausu" is a bizarre gem that must not be missed by lovers of the surreal. Mainstream audiences might not know what to think of this, but every fan of a more unique form of cinema should give this a try. Surreal, exceptional, and one of a kind!

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