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Sweet Home (1989)

Sûîto Homu (original title)
A TV production crew are making a documentary about the infamous painter Mamiya Ichiro. When they start filming at his old home, they come under attack from the ghost of the painter's wife.


Kiyoshi Kurosawa
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Credited cast:
Nobuko Miyamoto ... Akiko
Shingo Yamashiro Shingo Yamashiro ... Kazuo
Ichiro Furutachi Ichiro Furutachi ... Taguchi (as Ichiro Furudate)
Fukumi Kuroda Fukumi Kuroda ... Asuka
Nokko Nokko ... Emi
Jûzô Itami Jûzô Itami ... Yamamura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tsutomu Yamazaki


A TV production crew are making a documentary about the infamous painter Mamiya Ichiro. When they start filming at his old home, they come under attack from the ghost of the painter's wife.

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Release Date:

21 January 1989 (Japan) See more »

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Sweet Home See more »

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Itami Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film and its video game equivalent were inspiration for the survival horror video game, Resident Evil (1996). Both games were developed by Capcom. See more »


Referenced in Boo! Haunted House (2011) See more »

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Haunted Mansions Japanese Style
7 July 2008 | by ElijahCSkuggsSee all my reviews

First off, to anyone who sees the version I did. The film starts out with a commercial of the video game based on the movie. They show some scenes from the movie, and pretty good ones at that. So, if you start the flick and see a video game commercial I'd turn my head away just so you don't ruin anything for yourself.

Japanese Horror is something of a hit or miss with me. I'm not a fan of the jerky ghosts who walk like they have rheumatoid arthritis, or the pale-faced long hair girls. I'm not saying those movies can't deliver a chill or two, but overall it's a very played out scare-tactic and it's almost eye-rollingly cliché nowadays. Well, back in 89' there was a movie called Sweet Home, and this flick suffers from zero of these problems. It's unique in it's scares and chills, and that's what I really commend it for.

With a story revolving around a family/team heading to a abandoned mansion to investigate whether the house has a rare painting the story plays out like any haunted house flick. There may be something wrong, but no one really cares or believes. Well, after a little bit, they finally do begin to realize the mansion is cursed, but by the time they realize, the wheels of horror are in motion, and it's now a fight to stay alive.

Sweet Home, isn't a perfect flick, there are some drags in the film, and I personally think the movie could have been a lot scarier. They had perfect set-ups mixed with perfect camera-shots, but only used them for the creepy factor instead of the scare-factor. You're presented with a sense of dread, but rarely do they ever really try to scare you. Nevertheless, the film does offer chills and enough of them to satisfy the viewer.

But with a cool story, good acting, fantastic atmosphere/cinematography and great fx, the movie more than delivers enough for an entertaining and unique little haunted house flick. If you're into Japanese horror/haunted house flicks, give this flick a shot. It's worth it.

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