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House (1977)

Hausu (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | September 1977 (USA)
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A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which turns out to be haunted.

Director:

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

Writers:

Chiho Katsura (screenplay), Chigumi Ôbayashi (original story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kimiko Ikegami ... Oshare / Gorgeous / Mother
Miki Jinbo ... Kung Fu
Kumiko Ohba ... Fantasy
Ai Matsubara ... Gari / Prof
Mieko Satô ... Mac
Eriko Tanaka ... Melody
Masayo Miyako Masayo Miyako ... Sweet
Kiyohiko Ozaki Kiyohiko Ozaki ... Keisuke Tôgô
Saho Sasazawa Saho Sasazawa ... Daddy Kogarashi
Asei Kobayashi Asei Kobayashi ... Watermelon Farmer
Mitsutoshi Ishigami Mitsutoshi Ishigami ... Photographer
Ippei Hara Ippei Hara ... Tora-san Lookalike
Tetsuo Kanai Tetsuo Kanai
Shôichi Hirose ... Ramen Trucker
Yasumasa Ônishi Yasumasa Ônishi ... Old Villager
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

House is Calling to You Come Back Home and Marry Me

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House: The Director's Cut See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,032, 17 January 2010

Gross USA:

$209,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$209,765
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PSC, Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to director Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, this is the first Japanese film to use video effects, which he applied in a scene to make one of the girls "dissolve" underwater through low fidelity video and a simple chroma key effect. See more »

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Merodî: My fingers are gone.
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Crazy Credits

The first half of the ending credits runs over candid footage of the actresses. During the second half, the credits appear over the poster illustration (similar to the Masters of Cinema cover, but with more color), scrolling up the ''tongue'' of the house. The main characters also show up on the sides of the screen. See more »

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Hungry House Blues
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Don't watch this on drugs or you might die
13 March 2009 | by JuggertroutSee 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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