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A.k.a.
House
Year
1977
Runtime
88 min.
Director
Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Genres
Comedy, Horror
Rating *
7.3
Votes *
7,983
Checks
4,543
Favs
606
Dislikes
71
Favs/checks
13.3% (1:7)
Favs/dislikes
9:1
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  1. Pike's avatar

    Pike

    I have rarely seen anything so batshit. Loved it, obviously. 10 years 12 months ago
  2. sureup's avatar

    sureup

    This movie is great when it's at its craziest with scenes like the hilarious piano scene and whenever "kung fu" goes ape shit, but the rest drags it down significantly. 11 years 6 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    By virtue of having been written by director Nobuhiko Ōbayashi's 10-year-old daughter, and directed with an aesthetic more appropriate to anime and game shows, Hausu (House) is completely bananas, and without meaning to (because intent is something musty here), it manages to support several interpretations. To me, the witch's haunted house is like a haunted, post-WWII, post-Hiroshima Japan, holding on to a past that is long gone, and put in contrast with modern Japan, with its schoolgirls, weird TV, and sexual politics (as when its lesbian connotations are attacked/erased by supernatural elements). Its initial premise is right out of Miyazaki, even if the style are more like Yuri anime and Benny Hill, resolving into a third act that would have Dario Argento use Terry Gilliam's Monty Python animated collage techniques. None of my descriptions do it justice. It's bold film-making, breaking all the rules, a director's reel of trial and error. Worth seeing if you're at all interested in film even if the result is necessarily a mess. The only thing I didn't actually enjoy is the omnipresent score, which is noisome and disruptive. 5 years 8 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #27 in iCheckMovies's 1970s Top 100
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  2. This movie ranks #71 in 366 Weird Movies
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  3. This movie ranks #116 in Scott Tobias's The New Cult Canon
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  4. This movie ranks #119 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
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  5. This movie ranks #161 in Kinema Junpo's Top 200 Japanese Films
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  6. This movie ranks #174 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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  7. This movie ranks #638 in The Criterion Collection
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  8. This movie ranks #1052 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2500
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