House (Hausu)

Showtimes
wednesday, october 6 AT 7:30PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES
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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?

“A singularly bizarre entertainment … unforgettably over the top … shifts from crazy to bats**t, piling up gory horror/comic set-pieces that marry the wacky and surreal with a manic style that’s perpetually reinventing itself.” – Scott Tobias, AV Club

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 laser-eyed house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Gloriously absurd and undeniably nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet – a planet way, way beyond our comprehension. (Dir. by Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977, Japan, in Japanese with English subtitles, 88 mins., Not Rated)