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Hausu

Hausu
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Foreign | 1977 | NR. 1hr 28min
CAST: Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Ohba DIRECTOR: Nobuhiko Abayashi WEIRD ELEPHANT SERIES

How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie House (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this 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, all realized by Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet.  - Criterion




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Delirious, deranged, gonzo or just gone, baby, gone -- no single adjective or even a pileup does justice to House.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times
It is a true original of considerable historical importance. It's gory, silly, at times splendidly incoherent, and yet possessed of a fairy tale innocence.
Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
LSD really must be a hell of a drug.
Simon Abrams, Slant Magazine
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