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House [videorecording] - House

(DVD - 2010 - Japanese)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
House
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After learning that she will be sharing the summer with her father's new girlfriend, a young girl invites some friends to join her at her aunt's house instead. With a sick aunt, a bloodthirsty cat, and evil spirits lurking around, the girls find that it might have been better to stay at home.

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Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, 2010
Edition: Special ed., full screen presentation
ISBN: 1604653183
9781604653182
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign HOUSE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet ([24] p. ; 19 cm.)
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 南田洋子
鰐淵晴子
松原愛
大場久美子
神保美喜
池上季実子
桂千穂
大林千茱萸
山田順彦
大林宣彥
Alternate Title: Emotion
Also known as: Hausu

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Bizarre Japanese film full of goofy low-budget effects in which cats, pianos, and mattresses are all to be feared.


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Dec 17, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After meeting Ryoko, her widowed father's outrageously serene fiancee, a pouty Gorgeous packs up her Electra complex and goes to visit her aunt, an elderly spinster living in the middle of a deep dark forest. Accompanied by her aptly named girlfriends Fantasy, Melody, Sweet, Kung Fu and Mac she tries to put some distance between herself and those confusing feelings of guilt and jealousy, but this is not going to be a simple family reunion for Auntie has some unresolved issues of her own. Still grieving over a doomed wartime love affair, the grey-haired woman's bitterness seems to permeate every corner of her rickety old home while her mysterious white cat displays all the mannerisms of a witch’s familiar. As her friends succumb one by one to the house’s evil ways (and the aunt’s peculiar appetites) Gorgeous experiences a profound transformation which sees her go from petulant teenager to enigmatic young woman thanks to a tube of red lipstick and a dusty wedding gown. Steeped in dark fairy tale imagery, Nobuhiko Ohbayashi’s trippy take on the trials of puberty employs a fascinating array of cinematic tricks from hand-painted trompe l’oeil backdrops and matte sunsets to primitive animation and silent B&W film footage. Not completely comfortable in a horror film niche, House’s psychedelic effects and pop-up book sets play more like a day-glo psychodrama. Add to that a whole host of sexual symbolism; one girl is stripped bare by malevolent mattresses, another is attacked by thrusting logs, and a third finds herself floating on a sea of gushing blood, and you have one hell of an adolescent allegory. In one especially telling scene aboard a train bound for Auntie’s house the girls compose a shopping list including, among other things, “...love and dreams...” while in the next seat a nun and priest doze unawares. Bullseye!

Jun 22, 2013
  • em_ily rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bizarre, original and fun. Highly recommended for those with unconventional tastes.

Apr 10, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ignore the negative reviews, this Japanese horror movie is one of the weirdest, most visually striking movies I've ever seen and essential viewing for fans of bizarre/batcrap crazy cinema. Criterion, as always, knocks it out of the park.

Jun 27, 2012
  • rufus_red4 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Probably the cheesiest movie I've ever seen. This late '70's Japanese sort of horror movie tries very hard to be an American B movie but it just turns out to be a mess. The storytelling is of the 'put it in a blender and push high' kind, the soundtrack is acid trip wanna be and in the end, I didn't stick with it. I turned if off after about an hour or so.

Jun 26, 2012
  • Froster rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Just because it's experimental does not mean it's interesting. Just because it's ridiculous does not mean it's amusing. Just because it's child-like does not mean it's primal. And just because it's absurd does not mean it's camp. The only thing at all interesting here (although typical) is the Japanese patriarchal fascination with (and fear of) female sexuality. This is certainly someone's idea of a cultural relic, but it's not a terribly interesting or relevant one. Skip it.

Mar 26, 2012
  • VahiniG rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really funny and weird. I still think about this movie. You won't regret watching it if you like watching unconventional films and if you have an 'alternative' sense of humor.

Dec 31, 2010
  • blendez rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This movie is made in 1966, its tripy and will make you laugh and jump, a little slow but entertaining. If your a fan of Anime or experimental movies..you will love it! If you think this is a modern horror movie you'll probably hate it.

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