House(1977)(Review)[Foreign Friday]

‘House’ – otherwise known as Hausu – is a batshit crazy film.

Oshare is excited about spending summer vacation with her father, until she finds out that his new girlfriend Ryouko would be going as well. She decides that she will be going to her aunt’s house in the country instead. She brings with her her friends from school – Fanta, KunFuu, Gari, Sweet, Mac, and Melody. Each one has a distinct personality that comes into play as the film persists. However, the girls are unaware that the house is actually haunted. When they arrive, crazy events take place and the girls disappear one at a time while slowly discovering the secret behind all of the madness.

This movie is ridiculous to explain without ruining anything. It was described to me as “an episode of Scooby Doo on acid,” and that’s not too far off. The house features a killer cat, floating fingers that play pianos, and SO MUCH MORE.

But it’s not only the story that makes this film stand out… it’s the absurd editing. This is one of the first Japanese horror films to feature special effects of the new age and it is a funhouse of a showcase. It never lets up, it never explains itself, and it’s more than happy to keep doing it.

If you like your horror played straight then this will definitely not be for you. But if you want to see something you’re guaranteed to have never seen before, then we have here a winner. It’s a lot of fun, and while not the best thing I’ve ever seen, it’s certainly been on my mind ever since.


‘House’ is now streaming on The Criterion Channel.

‘Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra

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