House

House

Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi • 1977 • Japan

How to describe Nobuhiko Ōbayashi'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? 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 house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Ōbayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet.

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  • House

    Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi • 1977 • Japan

    How to describe Nobuhiko Ōbayashi'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? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head ...

Extras

  • Nobuhiko Obayashi and Crew on HOUSE

    In these video interviews, recorded in 2010, director Nobuhiko Obayashi, his daughter and story scenarist Chigumi Obayashi, and screenwriter Chiho Katsura discuss the making of HOUSE, from its whimsical conception to its mind-boggling creation.

  • HOUSE Appraisal

    This new video appreciation of HOUSE’s stylistic and genre-tweaking daring features filmmaker Ti West (THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL).

  • Emotion

    Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi • 1966 • Japan

    This 1966 experimental film by Nobuhiko Obayashi exhibits the bravura visual style and unique approach to horror that would bring the filmmaker's later films, such as House, international attention.