House (1977)

Gorgeous invites Fantasy, Melody, and the rest of her friends to visit her auntie for their summer vacation, but their arrival stirs up a houseful of spirits that refuse to let them leave! HOUSE is an exploration of color, light, sound, form, editing, and every other element of filmmaking. Nobuhiko Ôbayashi paints a surreal horror fantasy that is given the look and feel of a living comic book thanks to his imaginative style and experimental design. HOUSE begins as a bubbly teen comedy as the girls run around getting into mischief throughout the mansion, but the light tone gives way to terrifying frights once the spooks set in. Gorgeous and her friends must then defend themselves as they are attacked by haunted dolls, decapitated flying heads, dancing skeletons, killer cats, and even a grand piano that lives off of the blood of little girls! And all of this is set to a groovy 70's score and electric animation that makes it feel like a lucid acid-induced nightmare. Expressive, entertaining, and purely original, HOUSE is a newly rediscovered treasure for horror fans!

Rating: 9/10.

If you liked HOUSE, check out:
THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, A CHINESE GHOST STORY, CREEPSHOW.

10 comments:

  1. aaah, I ADORE this wicked insanity of a movie!
    Most impressive / most baffling Asian movie ever made? Probably.

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  2. This film is so deliciously enjoyable!

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  3. Instant favorite for me too gang!

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  4. oh, I've never seen this but now it's on my list!

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  5. Oh yes yes yes. I love this one. Kung fu is my fucking hero!

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  6. Kung Fu is awesome, reminds me of Badass from DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK!

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  7. Hannah, put this at the top of your watch list, it is unlike anything you have ever seen!

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  8. It's certainly a sight to behold. I wish that I could have made more sense of it, but, in a way, that's a selling point.

    It's like a crazy, acid-tripping dream that most people will not want to wake up from!

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  9. Yes this is a peculiar little flick, and possibly what is most surprising is that it was a huge commercial hit in Japan. It almost seems avant-garde and experimental in places now. It came at a precipitous moment when the Japanese film industry was floundering, and was an important creative shot in the arm.

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  10. This movie was awesome! I saw it at a midnight screening and it blew my mind. Evil Dead on acid!

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