Criterion Collection Edition #539
How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’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 Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, HOUSE might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. Never before available on home video in the United States, it’s one of the most exciting cult discoveries in years.
Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi • 1977 • Japan
Starring Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Oba
How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’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...
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.
This new video appreciation of HOUSE’s stylistic and genre-tweaking daring features filmmaker Ti West (THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL).
Double Exposure: HOUSE
HOUSE: Trick or Truth
Video essayist :: kogonada reveals the troubling theme within this cult favorite.